TED talk with Midway Project director Chris JordanPosted: May 12, 2014
This talk is elaborating on what I’ve previously read and watched about the Midway Project and Chris Jordan presents some powerful artwork in the first half – imagery constituted by what I feel is unnecessary human waste. Firstly this artwork is really inspirational because of it’s power and it’s forward meaning, and I will look back on this artwork for some ideas and a new perspective to my artwork.
Jordan then expands on what I really liked about his movie trailer (posted recently) about accepting and embracing deep emotions caused by examining and feeling another being’s suffering, and how that is a result of our consciousness which is completely natural and shouldn’t be oppressed or ignored because that is exactly the reason for this type of issue: I believe that humans conscious minds have been restricted and therefore devolved over many years because of our self-minded, profit-minded, monetary society, and Chris Jordan explains this concept with obvious wisdom and I have connected with what he’s delivering in this talk because I believe in what he’s saying.
Towards the end of the talk, Jordan played a short piece of footage from the film he’s creating about the Midway Project and I became quite emotional witnessing one of the unsettled baby Albatross’ die. It actually makes me disgusted that an animal so pure and harmless has to suffer as a result of the restricting of the human consciousness generated by greed and ignorance in society. After accepting these emotions and feeling compassionate about the welfare of the birds, I experienced an overwhelming feeling of ambition to do something about not only this issue, but other worldly problems I am aware of. I feel like this is what Chris Jordan invokes – about embracing deep and unfortunately negative emotions, because if I hadn’t have allowed myself to get so upset, I wouldn’t be able to say I am going to be active about these issues.
This research has helped me develop what I think I need to know about the mind-world relationship for my dissertation and can then take this accumulated knowledge to compare with artists perspectives and therefore deliberate how this establishes their practise.