Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Mantra Trailer

The Mantra Trailer is a beautiful and powerful project by artist and quilter Sherri Lynn Wood. She is embodying Walter Brueggemann's concept of prophetic ministry In his book The Prophetic Imagination:  
The task of the prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us.
Created out of a 1972 bread box trailer, the Mantra Trailer traveled the United States, inviting random people to record their most private mantras. The side of the trailer provided a rotating billboard of the mantras collected.

I highly recommend watching the Mantra 360 "trailer" to get an idea of the project. It is an aural experience, more than a visual...

From the website:

Over 500 mantras were recorded, thousands of fliers were handed out,
and countless conversations arose  between people on the street about
mantras, prayer, meditation, presence, propaganda, slogans, politics,
travel, religion, art and more.
More than a few people were moved deeply if for nor other reason than
having encountered an unexpected quiet space in the middle of a
crowded street in the middle of a hectic day. It seems we are a people
looking for signs.

Read the Tour Blog.

It is projects like these that make me feel so good about the world. I am so glad that there are artists who have the vision and energy to create such amazing experiences for people to participate in!

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