"I'm on a journey. Trying to make sense between soul and shadow.  Getting out of my head. Seeing in new ways. Dropping into my heart. Feeling in new ways.  Unlearning, to arrive at states of naked, fearful innocence. Fascinated by how our path to a greater collective consciousness might emerge from a radical witnessing of our intimate, interior truths."

    -   John Oliver

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Background and purpose

Why do I film?

To make art, in intimacy with another.

To dance with the crazy poetry of our lives.

Engaging with the deep ironies

Turning the wheel of self / no-self to arrive at a new wholeness

Playing with the felt sense of time

Inviting voices from beyond  

Not to find answers, but to hold our struggles and our joys

                                          

My inquiry and adventure is that through the radical 'holding' or witnessing of our individual, unique souls (that the camera and editing process provides a magical lens onto), we can come to a revelatory collective consciousness. It's almost as if the "narrative" has a life of its own, wanting to emerge, evolve and enter into our inner conversations.

I feel the world needs more 'listening' than 'telling'. Hence, my hope this work provides a container for, or window into the voices of our infinitely unique experiences and sense of self.

 

From however this new quality of sense of self, I believe is a wonderful opportunity for our collective humanity to create a new level of union. It is with these deep ironies, balances of polarities (almost koans) in life that I want to engage and dance with - how thanks to our differences and unique experiences in life, we can come together

A recurring remark of participants at the end of the filming, is that even they are surprised as to which narratives arose in the moment and (especially after the editing process) the clarity they brought. I get to know them with a type of intimacy that even the closest people in their lives don't often have. 

This "witnessing" experience integrates training from the Inner View Method (nicaskew.com), and inspirations from Integral Theory (Wilber), Focusing (Gendlin) and Sensemaking (narratives).

The filming is alongside my organisational development work in narratives (based on Sensemaking principles) and developmental psychology ​(Business Bio - LinkedIn) and my art projects work (www.Tyler.world). 

I have particularly interest in working with artists in exploring the future of art and it's role in the development of our societies​​.

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Video script: "That's pretty scary, the more you look into something, examine it, the more you realise you don't know and is impossible to know.

 

So the journey in the last year has been for me to completely let go of trying to be anything of an expert in any subject.

The video work has been...a revelation.

 

To go out there and not actually say or do anything behind the camera...And wow...You get these amazing insights!

Hey, well, all those years of education and and the investment into building who  you are ...and then you end up just sitting behind a camera doing nothing. And the less you do, the better.

That's a huge irony. So it's fun to welcome that in...That I could get away with that!

In my next pivot in my life. Completely invert the striving of building knowledge and even wisdom and to try and offer that into the world, to actually now with the film work, Being an empty vessel behind the camera,

 

Showing up.

It does feel like a very nice switch to the other polarity..."

DFurther thoughts on purpose in integrating philosophical inspirations and developmental studies - is there a sense of direction for our human evolution?

I wish to present opportunities for constructive and creative perspectives on our most critical social challenges, for example, is climate change happening TO us for FOR us? (Quote fro Paul Hawken). Having organised a climate change conference 30 years ago in London UK with a national TV personality (Rory Bremner), and worked in Asia and Africa with the NGO that E F Schumacher founded (author of "Small is Beautiful"), I've been exploring across disciplines (psychology, sociology, critical complexity thinking) to "make sense" of the inertia that is so evident in our everyday news headlines. 

Personal Goals

Collective and Individual Development - capacities for reflection and sensemaking:

 Creating a library of principles (with an emphasis on aesthetic and creative principles), and bringing them to life through the video portraits.

 

A  way of creating a visual landscape or map thanks to "Sensemaking" principles and collective signification and interpretation of the portraits, will be presented early 2020.