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Your last two sentences give a fairly accurate description of what my father did as Precentor at Coventry Cathedral in the 60s. Using and savouring the old treasures ... but subverting the old restrictive traditions to give vital relevance in a new era.


creativity and playfulness are at the heart of worship curation i think - those and the art of graceful subversion - curators craft spaces where submission to graceful subversion by the Holy Spirit can happen - that is what brings newness and life - bringing the possible into being - what strikes me most through your writing is the way it draws to my mind the amazing picture of Aslan in the Magician's Nephew where as Lord of Creation, in the space that is darkness, he sings into being all of creation simply by naming each element in his song, by naming what it can be/become - and then it does ! - your series has really made me think about how the art of curation itself can create spaces through which transformation and newness comes simply by drawing our minds and hearts to name the work of the Spirit within ourselves, to find the resonance - in doing that we are changed and made new

i have been thinking for a long time about what the art of crafting those kinds of spaces means - bigstuff was formed as a collective to explore that art in all sorts of contexts - we chose to be freelance so we had the freedom to create spaces and continue our explorations uninhibited - but we have equal and positive high regard for those that manage to work from within traditional structures

a lot of the style of curation we try to emulate stems from the 'hands on' new galleries/museums context and culture - the curiosity and imagination movement - especially the more radical end that has tried to subvert the colonialism/imperialism that had become synonymous with galleries and museums and transform them into spaces where people can and will experience newness in some form

i really love this series jonny - am learning a lot from your reflections - it is a pretty exciting journey to be on eh ?!

paul soupiset

i'll go buy the book


Credit where credit's due, I got the tip from Haroon (http://www.clickfolio.com/haroon/) I always defer to him on questions of 'Art'!


cracking post, jonny.

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