about the project
The New Forms Project is a joint collaboration between Lachlan Grey and Jordan Walker that started almost two years ago with a series of conversations begun with the question: "How does one lead an extraordinary life?"
Having worked on many projects together since then, from initiating community work groups to building an art car for the desert, we find that our backgrounds, skill sets and personalities compliment each other exceptionally well. Lach has a varied, hands-on background working in boat building and fine home construction. He has been a team leader for large groups of people and started his own company fabricating racing kayaks while competing in adventure racing in New Zealand. Jordan has a unique conceptual background, studying various art forms for a self-designed multi-media major in college and collaborating on many creative endeavors within the worlds of film, education, music and theater. Jordan has also founded his own company, producing audio/visual content and promoting unique multi/media events.
We both have a deep interest in bringing the spiritual and everyday more closely together and helping to foster community. We have worked with at-risk youth in wilderness settings and both pride ourselves on our ability to take projects from conception to realization.
The New Forms Project is the result of many, many hours of conversation and living the answer to the question that inspired us two years ago.
The New Forms Project is creating a modular, sustainably powered structure for the presentation of an art exhibition on sacred, aesthetic, technology. Inside this temporary space, process documentation and creative artifacts are presented. They offer a glimpse of emerging forms of thought, art, ritual and science that suggest viable alternatives to the dominant forms of today.
The New Forms Project will spend one year, and three specific, three-week long trips, to research these emerging forms and produce art pieces documenting them. Believing that the root of these changes in external form is an internal transformation, the exhibit's content will largely be created through the perspective of the project's creators - Lach and Jordan.
Showcasing both the process and the fruits of a year-long "research and development" project - this installation will feature interactive elements that seek to expand the conception of art and become a dynamic example of what Joseph Beuys referred to as "social sculpture". The exhibit will feature the conversations, interactions and personal experiences of people we've come into contact with over the year's travels as well as the exhibit participants whose interaction is captured with participatory art pieces.
A substantial piece grounding the exhibit will be a working model of sacred, aesthetic technology - currently envisioned as a shrine to the elemental power of water. Utilizing flow-form science and symbols of devotion from the world's wisdom traditions, this art piece will be interactive and part of a scientific study testing it's results.
This art exhibit seeks to represent a recontextualizing of spiritual science for those familiar with anthroposophy, and a vibrant introduction for those not.
The installation will be completed for the Burning Man Arts festival in late summer, and will be on traveling display through the fall of 2009.
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