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Infinite Imaginarium

Welcome to the Infinite Imaginarium. Where your Digital Dreams get turned into Reality. Let your Mind go…and go, deep, deep inside the Imaginarium.

The Imaginarium, is a place(inside your mind), to dream up a New Story for Humanity. There is a New Story waiting to be told. It is the story of Human possibility, of what people are capable of when we come together. Many of us carry this story inside but are too afraid to speak it. We tell ourselves we’re crazy. But in fact, we represent the new sanity- the ideas and practices that can create a future worth living.

It’s our stories that make sense of our world. If you have no frame of reference, your eyes can’t tell the difference, and neither could your brain if you lacked the experience to eventually differentiated from one form to the other.

The Point is that the world we perceive isn’t actually the world itself, it’s our own story of the world, based on our knowledge and what was learned from others. The world has no meaning by itself, we supply the meaning.

We have no choice but to think together, ponder together, in groups and communities. The question is how to do this, how to come together and think and hear each other in order to touch and be touched by, the creativity, the intelligence and activism we need.

You have Entered the Imaginarium, where ideas roam free, where dreams are painted with reality because, at the end of history, it will be Art & Beauty that sets consciousness free.

Please Check Out The Visually Remastered Version of Our classic Show Art, Poetry and Consciousness:

There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask, why? I dream of things that never were, and ask, why not?

Show Notes:

Mirror Neurons

Art can heal us, inspire us, and alter our brain chemistry.

What scientific research also says about how art effects the brain. Long before modern neuroscience, artists were creating works to inspire people and today complex brain imaging scans can show us just how art changes the physiology of our brains. Contemplation, observing, and taking in beauty all stimulate pleasure centers within the brain while increasing blood flow by up to 10% in the medial orbitofrontal cortex. This can lead to an elevated state of consciousness, wellbeing, and better emotional health.

“The blood flow increased for a beautiful painting just as it increases when you look at somebody you love. It tells us art induces a feel good sensation direct to the brain.” – Professor Semir Zeki, chair in neuroaesthetics at University College London

Mirror Neurons are neurons that fire both when a person acts and when the person observes the same action performed by another. This brings us back to a very basic concept in human evolution which involves modeling. When you observe a profound piece of art you are potentially firing the same neurons as the artist did when they created it thus making new neural pathways and stimulating a state of inspiration. This sense of being drawn into a painting is called “embodied cognition”.

Artistic Activism

We cannot live without art for it’s the most important dimension of creating change. It’s central to the imagining of new radical possibilities for our future.

We believe there is an art to activism.

We believe that activism is too often flat and colorless…and it doesn’t need to be.

We believe an aesthetic eye and a creative hand are essential for building a better world.

We believe that everyone has an artistic life they can bring to their activism.

We believe that cultural transformation is necessary for lasting change.

We believe in Utopia, not as a destination but as a direction.

Creative activism is more than just an innovative tactic, it is an entire approach: a perspective, a practice, a philosophy. It’s goal is to make more creative activists and more effective artists.

Throughout history, the most effective political actors have married the arts with campaigns for social change. Creativity is essential to good organizing. It enables activists to imagine new tactics, strategies and goals to keep campaigns fresh and make them more effective.

Artistic expression taps into an expertise that many people possess, but don’t think of applying to the “serious business” of politics. Even if most of us don’t compose symphonies or paint majestic landscapes, we listen to music on our iPods, perform songs in our churches, upload videos we’ve made to YouTube, assemble scrapbooks with our friends, and watch TV or read books before we go to bed. “I’m not political,” is a phrase one hears often; it’s a rare person, however, that doesn’t identify with some form of culture and creativity. Culture lowers barriers to entry. As something already embraced, it has the capacity to act as an access point which organizers can use to approach and engage people otherwise alienated from typical civic activity and community organization. Indeed, cultural creativity and artistic expression is often the possession of those — youth, the poor, people of color — that are most marginalized from formal spheres of politics, law, and education.

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

“If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live.”

“When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” -J.F.K