Today I’m delighted to share information about a new project from Ing Venning. I think this is a project with appeal for anyone following the bard path – as you can see from the list of content already available, there’s a strong mix of the creative and the political here. This is clearly a good space for examining the interplay between creativity, wider culture, politics, activism and the state of the world.
Conscious Mosaic: Eclectic Arts Exegesis is a YouTube channel that invites interpretation of the arts… literature, music, visual arts, film and other video, games, and anything else that falls into the category of arts.
I have, thus far, uploaded the following videos:
– Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog as a Critique of Two-Party Political Systems
– Evolution of LGBT+ Characters in Contemporary Arts
– DuckTales and Disney’s Corrupt Worldview
– Quality of Work (and Fans) in a Time of Easy Publishing
– “No One Is Alone” [from Into the Woods] as a Commentary on Ethics
– Ani DiFranco’s “Marrow” as Mirror
– “Harlem” (“A Dream Deferred”), Black Lives Matter, and Systemic Racism in America
– Doomed Utilitarianism in the Candy Cadet Stories of Five Nights at Freddy’s 6
… and I can’t wait to share more, as well as collaborate with guest bloggers! I’m planning future posts which cover videos such as Primer, Frailty, and Twin Peaks; music by Porcupine Tree and Lacuna Coil; artwork by Prinsep and Arcimboldo; literature by Starhawk, J.K. Rowling, and Joanna Russ ; and games from the Castlevania and Zork franchises… as well as a video on eclecticism’s importance as a modality for the arts in the present age. I am also looking forward to presenting interviews with the amazing Patrick Brown and Alex McVey! So far this is a small channel, with only a handful of videos, but I’m hoping to grow it with both my own analyses and those of guests.
As you may have guessed from the titles above, I am an outsider – and I love to share work drawn from the unique perspectives of other outsiders (for more of this, check out this short essay and video: https://ingvenning.com/who-i-write-for/). If you are an outsider who would like to share their views on the arts, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you! I want Conscious Mosaic to become a hub for supporting and analyzing amazing content and the awesome creatives who make and experience it!
< Ing Venning is the pagan, polyamorous, socialist, vegetarian, feminist, anti-racist, gifted, mentally ill, night owl author of the Wheel of the Year series, Sources (a book of mostly retellings), Lexical Numerals (early poems), “Family History” (a short chamber opera with music by Patrick Brown), and several other works. In addition to founding and working on Conscious Mosaic, Ing is working on a trilogy of fantasy novels for socialists and other political malcontents, another book of poetry, another book of stories, two volumes of faux-memoirs, and a volume of essays and rituals for pagans. >