Two Ravens Trust–fiscally sponsored by the Intersections for the Arts 501(c)(3)–now houses the ongoing transmedia collaboration between Lata Mani and Nicolás Grandi. Through film, sound, installations, writing we explore the synergies between artistic practice, contemplative philosophy and social inquiry.
A Transmedia Project
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The Poetics of Fragility (63 minutes) is a narrative and optical exploration of the texture, vitality and aesthetics of fragility that interweaves story, poetry and critical inquiry to reclaim fragility as intrinsic to nature and human existence, not merely something to be bemoaned or overcome. English with Spanish subtitles. More here / website here.
"The Poetics of Fragility is a subtle and tender message of our condition as humans...an embrace of poetic contemplation on the nature of suffering. Wonderful work!" Lourdes Portillo, Academy Award winning filmmaker.
"This film was moving, engrossing and surprised me into new ways of recognising and understanding fragility as a mundane part of the everyday. It made tangible the ways in which transdisciplinarity can deliver insights that cannot be produced from more familiar interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approaches. It was not just that The Poetics of Fragility stirred the senses and emotions, but that these were inextricably linked with intellectual discernment. This linking of affect, sensuality and scholarship is truly innovative and can make an invaluable intervention in university curricula and pedagogy. This project indicates new ways of doing academic work that take us beyond the rigidity of formulaic impact generation or research assessment and show how intellectual understanding can contribute to social justice agendas." Ann Phoenix, Professor of Psychosocial Studies, University College London
The Earth on its Axis, We in Our Skin: The Tantra of Embodiment
A captivating spiritual and political conversation about the contemporary relevance of tantra, a philosophy that honors embodiment and all matter as alive. Director: Nicolás Grandi, HD 2015, 80 minutes; with Spanish Subtitles.
"This film is deep and wise—and necessary for now" Donna J. Haraway
"at once deeply spiritual and capable of producing radical political shifts in our worlds" Angela Y. Davis
"All committed to a politics of liberation will want to see this film" Sara Ahmed
"a pleasure to hear and see and be there" Mani Rao
"inspired and inspiring" Shabbir Banoobhai