vision of an umbrella for the arts in Auroville
Auroville wants to be a new creation, expressing a New Consciousness in a new way according to new methods.
Consciousness was the key word the Mother had for Auroville. To live in Auroville is to generate an active field where this new consciousness can create a new life, and with it, a new culture based on unity and a beauty that the consciousness brings.
unique role of art in Auroville
Art in all its expressions – painting, sculpture, music, literature, dance and more, must play a role in the creation of Auroville, a place that wants to surpass all national rivalries, social conventions, contradictory moralities and contending religions, to create a new culture, based on Human Unity.
Auroville is a unique experiment, based on the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. This international township is a material base that allows an intense spiritual stimulus for growth in all areas of practical organization, collective living, environment and planning. It is important not only to integrate the artistic dimension that has been growing steadily to give life to that aspect of the Mother’s Dream in education and culture but also to integrate it in the building and planning of the city.
proliferance of art/artists in Auroville
With a population of only 2500 Auroville has already produced painters and sculptors, musicians and composers, dancers and choreographers, writers and film makers, actors and directors and even hosts a biennial film festival.
At the same time, the presence of the International zone brings a host of artists from India and all over the world who wish to participate in this universal experiment or offer their work.
(Only the week from March 24 – 31, 2012 we had more than 7 workshops, 6 events, 4 performances, 4 exhibitions and 12 films.)
unity in diversity
Auroville is a growing point of convergence of many cultures, races, social strata, languages and experiments. We would like to be an arena for events that bring together a gathering of different peoples aimed at doing away with the stress of differences and conflicts, by fostering unity between people through artistic means as well as by nourishing individual experiments and group efforts and creating platforms for artistic research, creation and administration.
creation as a self-expression of the consciousness
Art in Auroville belongs to all without the necessity of personal ownership. Each one has free access to it if they wish. At the same time a wide artistic training is offered to children for free, who can learn and develop their talents.
Artistic work is not motivated or dominated by market forces in Auroville but wants to be an expression of a consciousness, something that will progressively nourish and energize the human soul and the city in a vast variety of ways.
a vision for the arts
In the future, the arts will exist (as Sri Aurobindo wrote in the Life Divine) “as expressions and means of the truth of the spirit and the beauty and delight of existence”.
This is the challenge before artists in Auroville and all those around the world, inspired by it.
The Auroville Art Service emerged from an introspection into how arts and culture could develop in Auroville. Here are 19 questions that were posed to us by the Integral Sustainability Platform with a view to helping us develop a clear vision.