What is the relationship between the
New Jersey (VAL) BUMPER to BUMPER and the R2001 eARTh Poster show?
(Making a world safe for our children)
The eARTh Poster Project for Earth Day
Story Time:. Personal experience. A
few years back I attended a seminar on aggression control techniques:
Exploring new and positive ways to respond to situations.
Quite a few people turned out! A few
hundred, large room. I wasnít alone in wanting to explore new ways of
problem solving. All morning there had been excellent and upbeat
speakers. Then the gears kicked up a notch and the speaker asked
alternate rows of people in the audience to turn around and sit
squarely facing the person behind us.
The person I was now staring at was
a hefty six ft tall and somewhat pear shaped and smooth faced. I am a
mere 5ft 50'ish woman. We were sitting at desks. As we resumed our
seats facing one another between us was the desk surface.
We were instructed to arm wrestle
and to keep score. I am a person who does not relish physical contact
with strangers, such as hugging at church gatherings. BUT, we both
groaned inwardly or outwardly, knowing in advance the outcome of this
fiasco. Both of us caught up in our own un-comfortableness and the
challenge of the next few moments..as there was a set time for this
experiment. A bell rang to begin and five minutes latter another went
off to stop.
We all turned back and settled down
laughing, glad that was over and hoping that was the last of their
novel personal contact ideas for the day.
Counts were asked for..and I had a
learning experience which has colored my days since. Some scores were
"one", then of course "two" or "three" and then the shock.."100",
We were so busy and so many people,
unless you were next to those who had thought of something different,
it was missed..
How do we think of answers
where we all win on this shrinking earth with limited
Art is a reflection of the times at
hand and can be a search for new solutions. R2001 is responsible for a
surge of creative activities. How do we create and nurture situations
where experimentation can flourish?
In New York right now the artist
Christo is getting ready to unfurl a project in Central Park for which
the planning began 27 years ago.
The practice of art in our lives
teaches us patience, seriousness of vision, imagination and tenacity..
R2001 is a unique experiment.
Which brings to mind the famous
magician Houdini. One of his acts was a body prone on a table on the
stage. A number of people were invited to come up from the audience
and by extending a finger beneath, at the count of 3..lift
up! up! would go the body to the
amazement of all.
Together we can levitate ideas..
bodies of work..
and take a lead with other leaders
in solution finding.
All over America magnetic ribbons
are in multiples on the backs and even sides of vehicles..(Support Our
Troops) I donít want to get into a political discussion here. That
isnít where my mind is going. Thanks to the Internet. We can take
giant leaps over local politics and unite in new ways. As we come into
this new territory we bring old ways with us. When I attended the
seminar years ago I walked in with one set of ideas and out with
another. About the same time period we received an e mail from one of
the founders of R2001. At that time, that was a unique experience to
receive positive encouraging words. Here were words from afar that our
web site was being witnessed and welcomed to join with others.
The arts are a perfect place to
experiment to make our environment a welcoming place for ideas.
Years ago VAL was invited into
R2001. Since then a digital show has evolved from 25 States, 5
countries and about 40 artists and the work sent by these artists has
been levitated by many, many people locally through persistence,
tenacity and a dream.
The Digital show was one of many
shows. Two medical students invited artists into the medical school
and the first year our shows were met with nit picking and censorship.
A year followed where the students showed nothing but empty frames.
The following year we received a letter of invitation and a budget.
Show after show and project after project has followed. Ideas are
growing like seeds in hotbeds, a greenhouse..
We are welcoming the R2001 eARTh
Poster project to UMDNJ as a kind of coming home.. It is with pride we
can also welcome the show into the Bumper to Bumper show while it is
at the University of Medicine and Dentistry or any time after.
What is the relationship between
BUMPER to BUMPER & the eARTh Poster show
The eARTh Poster Project for
Making a world safe for our children
requires a world which welcomes and is receptive to our childrenís
highest dreams..we are the rich sediment to grow those dreams. Their
roots will take off from where we leave off, reaching into new areas
we cannot fathom.
Bumper to Bumper encourages the
sprouting of ideas..where we can all see them, out on the road, in
movement, where everybody is..jury yourself in.
BUMPER To BUMPER has evolved from