Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wonder

Sofia Cavalletti carries a beaming lamp that show us the way in search of a spiritual place that is paradoxically attached to modern reality.  This passage from the Religious Potential of the Child has made a lasting impact on me:
The nature of wonder is not a force that pushes us passively from behind; it is situated ahead of us and attracts us with irresistible force toward the object of our astonishment; it makes us advance toward it, filled with enchantment.
Wonder is a dynamic value; nevertheless it does not drive us to activism but draws us to activity, to an activity we do as persons immersed in the contemplation of something that exceeds us.  Maybe the particularity of wonder is that we find activity and contemplation inseparably blended within it.
I would like to elucidate right away that in speaking about wonder I do not intend to talk about something like Alice in Wonderland.  Wonder is a very serious thing that, rather than leading us away from reality, can arise only from an attentive education that helps us to go always more deeply into reality.  If we skim over things, we will never be surprised by them. Wonder is not an emotion of superficial people; it strikes root only in the person whose mind is able to settle and rest in things, in the person who is capable of stopping and looking.  It is only through a continuos and profound observation of reality that we become conscious of its many aspects, of the secrets and mysteries it contains.  Openness to reality and openness to wonder proceed at the same pace as we gradually enter into what is real, our eyes will come to see it as more and more charge with marvels, and wonder will become a habit of our spirit. . . .
Wonder is proper to the child, poet, artist, and also to the old person who has known how to live by beholding and contemplating the world surrounding him in such a way that reality has revealed ever widening horizons to him.  (The Religious Potential of the Child, 138-39)  

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Miradas y Postales said...

MAIL ART - NO violence against women

Invitation to participate in the International Mail Art Project, theme Women and our social-political situations in where we live, being a reflection of the situation of women, both struggles and achievements as naturalized in violence today.

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We appreciate the participation and dissemination of project

Terms and Conditions for LOOKS AND POSTCARDS
LOOKS AND POSTCARDS: An international exchange of art,
ideas, friendship, and looks of a world that manifests itself artistically, being a social reflection.NO violence against women

He invited artists-No calls to make Mail Art Artists.
Reflecting the political-social situation of women in their countries,
for the "Gathering of Artists for Non-violence against women" to be held
Bahia Blanca, Argentina, November 25, 2012 under the International Day of Nonviolence
Against Women and then go
the countries of this event and continue to participate in samples
galleries and / or street.

Techniques; Free (photographs, collage, paintings, prints, writings, poems, etc.)
All writings, poems, verses, sentences must be passed into English and Spanish.

Size: Free, depending on the resources of each place and each artist, you can also reach
agreement if the country has a host-coordinator.

Quantity: Free


Closing date for receipt: 10/09/2012.

Artists lxs created and / or postcards intervene on one side, leaving the adverse side
target for intervention of the public who visit the exhibition.

The works must be coming to Bahia Blanca, Argentina in August-September
outlet.

No jury, no return, no works comercialización.Todas
will be published online in the blog-http :/ / miradasypostales.blogspot.com.ar /

We'll select all entries received that do not qualify unless the
the criterion of the proposed theme.

Participation in this call is free and implies knowledge
and full acceptance of the conditions thereof.

Each country will have a host who is responsible for advising participating artists lxs
Explaining type of paper, weights, measurements, date and mode of delivery, and in the case of countries that do not have, at the discretion of each artist.
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The Post should be sent in a sealed envelope along with personal information to this address before Sept. 10, 2012

Olga Corrales
Address: Libertad No 3756-Ing White
Bahia Blanca-Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina
C.P. 8000

IMPORTANT: Also send pictures in JPG format (preferably not too heavy) to the following e mail:
corralesolga@hotmail.com
ipoca@yahoo.com.ar
Will be uploaded to the blog http://miradasypostales.blogspot.com.ar/



For people who want to reflect the situations of women in our land, with those structures dehumanised, to be the art who will educate, inform, salv
e, and denature such violence
Showing doors outside, inside, down the carpet, and what happens in the room q, in the kitchen, with phobias killer, what happens in the q networks around the world, in politics, in lxs infiltradxs with our desterradxs origins, that involves us all the comrades, that is personal, that is political, q is social.
Looks and Postcards
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