New Video! Art Meets Mysticism

It’s no secret that I’m in love with learning, seeking, exploring. I’m infatuated with creativity, art, and the whole creative process. Above all I’m driven by the desire to be a better person and to make the world a better place, at least in some small way. Joel Tauber inspires in the pursuit of all of the above.

Recently, I got the great opportunity to talk with Joel Tauber. Joel is an artist, a filmmaker, and an Associate professor at Wake Forest University, teaching video art and film-making.


Joel’s work combines environmentalism, art, and mysticism in a really fascinating way. He does so with the aim of creating meaningful conversations. His great hope is that these conversations will help to generate a greater degree of social and cultural ethics.


Joel is also the co-host of a podcast called “Belt: A Two Man Memoir“. In the podcast Joel and Eric Wilson try to take a closer look at issues of modern masculinity.


Also, Joel’s project UNDERWATER opens at the Adamski Gallery in Berlin on June 22 and runs through August 17, with a one week break from July 20 to July 27.

I’m excited to share this conversation with you and I really hope you enjoy it!


If you’d like to look further into Joel Tauber and his work, check out the links below.
https://joeltauber.com/

The Sharing Project –  https://thesharingproject.net/

You can watch his film “Pumping” on Amazon Video –   https://www.amazon.com/PUMPING-Film-Joel-Tauber/dp/B01HFNWAHA

And also on Green Planet Stream –  https://greenplanetstream.vhx.tv/products/pumping-a-film-by-joel-tauber

You can also watch his film “Sick-Amour” on Amazon Video –  https://www.amazon.com/Sick-Amour-Joel-Tauber/dp/B00NKVFNDK

And on Green Planet Stream – https://greenplanetstream.vhx.tv/products/sick-amour

Big thanks to my Patrons Jim Martin and Ben Bridges.


If you’d like to help create a community of curiosity, get shout-outs in podcasts and videos, and get access to exclusive behind-the-scenes content, then check out my Patreon page! www.patreon.com/duanetoops

Keep showing up, keep doing the work, FAIL BOLDLY, and let’s make something meaningful!

A Procedural Uncertainty

Last Friday I posted an interview I did with Joel Tauber for an Episode of my Podcast “The Process & The Path“. (Full episode below)

This Wednesday I’ll be posting the video of that interview on my YouTube channel.


As I was listening back through the conversation in making my final edits to the video , I realized just how much we talked about searching, experimenting, exploring, learning, growing, and all the ambiguous uncertainties that come along with being in “the process”.⠀


That probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise given that literally everything I do is wrapped up in the endeavor of “learning” out loud, documenting “the process”, and “practicing” the path.


The “process” is defined as “a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end”. What I think is so interesting about this definition is not so much what it says but, rather what it doesn’t say. What the definition leaves out, what it goes unsaid, speaks volumes.


More often than not, when we set out upon the undertaking of a process we have “a particular end” in mind. We have a particular goal, a desired outcome. There is a specific destination we are striding and striving towards. This end goal guides our steps and actions. It is the catalyst to the initiation of our “process”. It is the propellant that pushes us further into the process. Yet, that “particular end” is not guaranteed. Where we end up may very well be different to where we set out to go. 


In other words, what the definition doesn’t define is whether or not we ever reach that desired end.


Whether its the creative process, whether its the spiritual process, whether its the intermingling of the two, or whether its just any process, I think one of the things that gets missed is that the process is the process because it is laced with ambiguity and uncertainty. If we knew where the process would lead then it wouldn’t be transformative.


The point is that a lot of this is trial and error, creatively and spiritually. A lot of it is experimental.


In the book, Make You Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business With Impactthere’s a line that says “To make great ideas a reality, we must act, experiment, fail, adapt, and learn on a daily basis”.


We have to be willing to go through that process of trial and error, knowing that there is a risk that we might fall, a risk that we might fail.
There is an element of failing with purpose. Its the understanding that failure isn’t what we imagine it to be. Failure isn’t final. Failure isn’t conclusive. It’s simply part of the process.


Here, there is also the recognition that “experimentation” negates failure. It makes failure meaningless. In the light of experimentation “failure” becomes null and devoid of meaning. There is only the testing of a hypothesis and the collection of data. We re-run the numbers. We re-calibrate and we try again.⠀

The process is thrilling and terrifying because we don’t fully know where we’re going, and we don’t fully understand where the process is taking us. Sometimes we don’t even know where we are in the process.


To be in the thick of the process is to be in the midst of something unknown.⠀⠀

And that’s precisely the point…⠀

An All New Monday! Check it Out!

Hey Friends!

Welcome to Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend!

If you’re here, then you’ve probably noticed that I now have a Website! I mean of course you’ve noticed, you’re here, lol. Thanks to my good friend Ben Bridges you now have this great online space to see everything that I’m doing, everything I’m working on, and everything that I’m up to.

I really want to take advantage of this new site, so one of my new goals is to really utilize it as best as I can by making it a high priority to keep it updated with news and content as much as I can.

So, what else is new, you may be asking? I am so glad you asked. On Friday I released a Brand New Episode of the podcast! I had the opportunity to interview artist, filmmaker, and Professor Joel Tauber.

He was an absolute pleasure to speak with! We talked about his projects and his work, as well as a plethora of other topics. It was so great! Check out the full length episode below!

But wait…there’s more new stuff still coming. I’m in the process of finishing up the video of my interview with Joel, and I’m hoping to release it on my YouTube channel, in the next couple of days!

I’m excited to share it. I don’t want you to miss it. So pop over to my channel, subscribe if you haven’t already, and hit that bell icon so you’ll get notified as soon as it goes live!

To recap…NEW Website, a NEW Source to get NEW content, a NEW podcast episode, a NEW video coming this week, and a lot of other NEW things in the works.

Stay Tuned!

Have a great day!

Keep showing up, Keep doing the work, FAIL BOLDLY, and let’s make something meaningful!