The Truth Project: On Creative Techniques, Perspective Taking, including the Astronaut View and The Art of Understanding

One basic creative technique is the rearrangement of parts. Through this rearrangement of parts, novel patterns of meaning can emerge. Imagine you have a picture which you cut into squares or triangles or curved surfaces and then you look at this puzzle and you start putting them together differently. I have been using this technique extensively in my artwork, as my mindn is prone to making associations and I like the delight of finding something surprising in what at first glance appeared to be fixed and pre-determined.

But rearrangement of parts should not be limited to re-shuffling what already is. In the same way in which we can rearrange colours, textures, shapes, photographs, drawings etc, we can re-arange ideas! And the novel meaning can emerge from their associations. The art itself, the esthetic quality of it, resides in the decision if the two parts, the two ideas (or the multiple ideas) go well together or not. If the result is harmonious or disharmonious. In intermediate phases, the association may come across as hilarious. And we all know fun is an important aspect of life.
Another creative technique would be a change of context, that is: one extracts something from Context X and moves it to Context Y. If a flower is about to die in Garden X, it can blossom in Garden Y. Similarly, we can take ideas from Art and apply them in Space Engineering. Or ideas from Space Engineering and apply them to Art. It’s not always going to work (according to the harmony criteria above, which is ultimately an esthetic decision, since harmony is not that easy to quantify. Or is it? That would be a good question: How can we quantify harmony?). It’s not always going to work, but it’s worth trying, that’s the experimental part and it’s crucial: if we don’t experiment, nothing happens, it will probably stay the same.)

Another creative technique is the change of view point and that’s the art of observation. Things can look differently in different lights, from different chairs or at different moments of time. Perspective taking is a natural phase in the psychological development of young children, as young as three years old (remember the book Behave by Robert Sapolsky, that I mentioned in a previous text? that would be a sort of Bible for our project). At human level, perspective taking is crucial for the good functionality of our relationships. It is also essential to our creativity and its development. I personally believe that all people are creative, but for one reason or another, the creativity gets blocked and it’s mostly because of society pressure and the thinking systems we are fed and take for granted. Therefore, critical thinking is important to deconstruct the set of false beliefs that hinder creativity.
In theory, perspective taking can go on ad infinitum. We are grounded by our human capacities and energy. And that’s okay, no matter how much artists may seek perfection, perfectiom is not tangible, at some point we need to integrate the vision into reality somehow.

Years ago I visited an exhibition in Amsterdam displaying art done by astronauts. And I was intrigued by it because the main message of the exhibition was that traveling in space results in a creativity boost. There was even one astronaut who proposed a revolution in the entire American art schooling system: we don’t need the art schools, everybody should go to space! Pretty nice level of enthusiasm!

Another book which I would recommend for the Truth Project book club would be Orbital Perspective by Ron Garan. It emphasizes the need to balance the orbital perspectives with the worm-hole view, that is: to connect mentally and harmoniously the broad context and the specific, situational context.

Since in our Truth Project, we want to somehow recreate a version of Plato’s commune, where philosopher are kings and hold all the jewelry inside the soul as virtues, but with the difference that we will employ all the technological means at date, we should find an optimal way to trade perspectives! And make sure the perspective taking capacity of all participants is enhanced. And here language and the art of teaching plays a crucial role. Because if we want to teach someone our way of thinking or our understanding of the world, we should be able to also speak their language and understand their values and beliefs. Therefore the exchange is bidirectional in one-on-one exchange and its evolution is towards multiple directions. Co-creation is based on the art of understanding.

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The Truth Project: The Questionnaire and Other Conceptual Aspects, including the Secret of Love

There’s a fair amount of criticism one can provide at society level. Progressively, there’s a fine border, where problems and their corresponding solutions co-exist. While it requires a certain constructive mindset to address the existing problems, once that border is crossed, true creation starts.
There’s a fair amount of criticism one can provide at society level and we may choose to spend our time complaining and focusing on everything that’s wrong. A problem includes it’s solution at least as a negation of “what is”. But there’s more untapped potential into that.

Since in our community, we want to co-create and explore areas of knowledge and their intersection points that are typically disregarded (it is precisely in these intersection points where the possibilities expand considerably), a questionnaire assessing the passion level would be a good starting point for joining the Truth Project community.

The best way to do it is to do it ourselves. And to do it differently. That’s the true power of creation.

The Questionnaire, Part 1: Passion level (self)assessment
1. What is your basic passions? (something you did throughout your life, even with temporal gaps, but always went back to)
2. What is your top passion? (something larger then life to aim for, no matter how idealistic. Anything, it can be anything!)
3. What is your middle passion?

Are they hierarchical? Chronological? Do they exist simultaneously (at least as potential)? Can they be expressed quantitatively (in percentage)?

The idea behind is that the people who hold a multitude of passions can inspire and uplift. Would you enjoy being demotivated? Hmm not really. Would you prefer to be uplifted or put down? There is always a dynamic in human relationships, people bring to the table their values, their beliefs, their attitudes and at the end of the round, the most persistent attitude wins.

Do you want to create or to destroy? That would be a very good question. And willingness is key to this. It’s a decision at the border between selfishness and altruism.

Maybe people would lead better, more joyful and peaceful lifes if they understood that feeding the ego leads nowhere on the long run. And that the secret of Love starts with acknowledging the experience of the other. It’s very simple, although a lifetime may be needed to fully grasp this.

Passionate people can provide some valuable life lessons in life enjoyment and in our project, we we will be using positive peer pressure to uplift each other.

As an output of this stage, we will create: the pyramid of passions, the circle of passions and the passions database.

Question 4: If you were to teach something what would that be? (Or something you used to teach and enjoyed doing it)

Regarding the implementation of the project, I first came across The Prisoner’s Dilemma in a book called Behave by Robert Sapolsky (which I recommend btw. Should we start a book club for The Truth Project?). I was intrigued by it and further investigated as there is an extensive mathematical background to this. The Prisoner’s Dilemma deals with the behaviour and dynamic of a group and the individual decisions to cooperate or not. It has applicability in all the social domains and since humans are social beings, that implies it has applicability in All domains.

We will not be using The Prisoner’s Dilemma to test jerkiness level, although that would be a nice applicability (laughs) It will be linked with the block chain technology and up to some point, I can implement this myself, but I think some deep expertise from our IT friends is needed

(I know you’re reading, I know this project is intriguing, so I will let you ponder some more before I reach out to you directly (laughs again) What is this all about?! What is she doing? Dear God! What’s that?! A philosophy club? A new current in art? Harry Potter fan club!? A dance club?! A musical club? An eccentric squad? A spiritual movement? At the moment, I don’t plan to become a guru…(laughs again) sorry about that! cause I happen to be a rational person and before I revert to “magical” thinking, I test all the rational hypothesis and do some thorough thinking before jumping to conclusions. The magical thinking I prefer is about Truth and Beauty and the amount of things we still don’t know, despite our technological evolution)

In a healthy society, cheating is denounced and neutralized by the peers. In the block chain technology, the ledger is open for everyone to see. The operations are transparent.

Since our project is called The Truth Project, transparency and trustworthiness are important.

I know the title of the project is tricky, as it includes in itself a set of question: What Truth? WhoseTruth? Time depend Truth? Past Truth, Future Truth, Present Truth? Objective Truth? (Is there such a thing?) Subjective Truth? Inner True? Outer Truth?
These are big questions which are worth investigating and we will be using the uplifting energy of the community to inspire each other.

What I know for sure is that a certain humbleness in front of what we don’t know is required, humbleness in front of what we cannot grasp, in front of the beauty and awe the universe has in place for us.

So, my science friends, don’t shy out! We need you to infuse the project with structure and The Arts will infuse it with meaning!

The Truth Project is open to contributions and collaboration proposals from the Arts& Science community.

First poetic contribution to the Truth Project by J.J. Montagnier

I am happy the Truth Project has received its first poetry contribution and collaboration expression of intent! Two wonderful poems by travelosophor, futurologist and visionary writer J.J. Montagnier:


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The Liminal Space

We are in the Liminal Space
A Dangerous Place

Where predators lay
and tricksters play
Where good people pray
then look away
“Though shalt not enter the fray”

Bless the lambs that are slain
It is not our pain
They are weak
We are strong
Nothing is wrong

Power is principle
Principles have no power
Virtue has no value
Values have no virtue
Ethics aren’t up to you

Left is right
Rights have left
Orwell wasn’t right
Huxley won’t be correct
Just forget

Always project
Don’t reflect
War is peace
Peace is war
Pacifists we abhor

Comfort is King
Effort ain’t cool
Take shortcuts you fool!
Thinking’s old-school
These are the new rules

Here I shall stay
It’s all about play
Don’t rock my boat
I am well afloat
Get out of my moat!

Where would I go?
Away from the glow
Of my own ego
All’s fine below
with my shadow

Everything’s perfect
Why introspect?
Just express
the politically correct
Remain circumspect

Moral demise or mass malaise
We couldn’t care less
Regression is progression
Progression is possessions
There’s nothing to confess

On the Titanic we shall stay
Hear the band play
Conscience long away
Deferred hell to pay
Tomorrow’s another day

This is our dystopian Utopia
A cornucopia of myopia
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by J.J. Montagnier
© 2013. All Rights Reserved.

http://gypsycafe.org/2013/07/21/the-liminal-space/

Stage Shifting (The Shift of the Stages)

“All the world’s a stage” – Shakespeare.

We are all actors in the theatre of life and we play our parts, consciously or unconsciously.
At this time, in space and time, we happen to find ourselves in a shifting paradigm.
At the end of the day, each scriptwriter will have some say, about the final stage of his or her own personal play.
In the old (still present) age it has felt like the stage had been set. Most of us have simply read our lines, without questioning why we were in the theatre in the first place.
In the new age our roles will be more clear. A more fluid, creative paradigm is about to appear.
The old, decaying stage has been taken over by bad actors. It is rapidly deteriorating and ethical actors are looking for an ascending stage to board.
Standing on the edge of the old, looking out for something new, a new stage comes into view.
While the old stage required clever acting with sophisticated masks, the new one calls for simplicity, authenticity and empathy.
Old stage acting on the new platform is bound to fail, because as we shift, masks come off and stage curtains lift. Roles are changing.
Transition actors are rewriting the script and making sure that parts are flipped, from low to high-end performances.
By taking the spectator’s view, scriptwriting actors carefully observe themselves and how they interact with others on stage and in the theatre. Here they self-identify areas that need improvement.
The most challenging part is for actors to acknowledge their current low-level acting. Those who do, will understand how to reach the next stage.
A drama, once scripted to end in tragedy, is being reworked into a coming-of-age tale of transformation, rebirth and altered fate.
Should the old stage fall away (a real possibility) early-bird actors will already be in another play. This is a multi-dimensional theatre.
The transformation of surface acting to core acting is being helped along by a new element filtering into the auditorium. The atmosphere is changing.
Although the new stage promises to accommodate all willing and committed actors from the old play, many of those actors remain more comfortable with decay.
The old and new stages overlap, but will shift away from each other. Making the transition sooner will be easier than later.
The new paradigm is not for the faint-hearted. It will demand active stage maintenance and committed stage management from the outset while acting responsibly towards the entire spectrum of life within the theatre.
This project is for the Big-Hearted – the Full-of-Heart. Find your Heart and you will find your way, to the stage of this exciting new play!

By J.J. Montagnier
Copyright © 2016 · All Rights Reserved

http://gypsycafe.org/2016/06/15/stage-shifting/

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The Truth Project. An exclusive-inclusive community

The Truth Project. An exclusive-inclusive community

It will be exclusive in the sense that you will need to pass certain tests in order to get in. At this stage, the project is in the creation/conceptual phase and I’m looking for quality, not quantity. Quality content, break-through ideas, excellence in your field of action. Also, I am not looking for followers, but for people to team up with. People who fit a certain profile, who are open minded and are able to hold multiple perspectives simultaneously in mind, as we are going to act as translators between different fields. For instance, there are people who mistake a different way of doing things with a inferior one and this kind of self-righteousness will be unacceptable in our community. Respect and consideration for the other are crucial in order to conduct our (art)work in a healthy, enjoyable manner.

First step to join our community would be an expression of interest. It’s a decision: the willingness to be part of something that catches your interest and resonates with your internal values. Secondly, I am going to test you. Nothing to worry about! (laughs) But I am not saying it’s going to be easy. You need to be able to put up with a challenge. I will design a questionnaire. I will ask you difficult questions. I will investigate your values and beliefs systems. Your passions, what’s meaningful for you.
And once you’re in, congrats! You are about to board a (space)ship with unknown destination!

Once you’re in, the exclusive turns inclusive, as we will experiment a lot with the Complementary Principle and ensure people’s skills and abilities are used at their full potential.

At a later stage, we will use this set of questions and answers for our Meaning Database. And that’s going to be challenging also, as we will need to reach an agreement between what’s Meaningful at personal level and what’s Meaningful for All.
You can see it like this: it will be a social design lab, in which we will negotiate values and trade knowledge. From a business perspective, all the life lessons learnt and conclusions we reach have a potential spin off in all the fields of action.

The Truth Project will be a meaningful project done by the people, for the people, with best interests at heart.

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The Truth Project is open to submissions and collaboration proposals from the Arts & Science community
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interests at heart.

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The Truth Project is open to submissions and collaboration proposals from the Arts & Science community
Copyright Laura Livia Grigore

Q&A on The Truth Project

The Truth Project

Q: Why interdisciplinary and why Collective Art into Space?

A: First of all, because I have acquired knowledge and developed expertise in apparently divergent fields: space engineering, literature, art. I am a Maven and curious by nature and I’m primarily motived by a desire for knowledge. But what’s the point of accumulating knowledge if I keep it for myself? I like sharing and getting inspired by other people’s perspectives. At the core, I am a humanist, that’s what keeps all the structure together. And precisely on this kind of structure, I want to build the community: the heart gluing everything together.

The Truth Project has to be interdisciplinary since it is way outside the box and it doesn’t fall in any predefined category. Not even in the arts, I can’t say for sure it is either experimental or conceptual or performance art, it’s a bit of all and none in particular. But I chose to do it in the art field because of its freedom. Art is a free and safe space to experiment. We need freedom to think, to move, as I envision we will be performing some mental acrobatics on a daily basis. But this doesn’t mean it might not have a major impact in the other fields.
It has to be interdisciplinary because as far as I know, the context doesn’t exist, so it needs to be created. As Thomas O’Malley, the alley cat from the Artistocats(!!!) wisely said it: “The path you take is the path you make.” Exactly! Of course, if one tries to test the idea behind the project on a pre-existing context, one may encounter plenty of resistence. And resistence is natural and good up to one point. A rocket passing through the atmosphere needs to overcome the gravity force and the atmosphere drag. It’s propelling force needs to be greater than that. And once on orbit, a satellite relies on that gravity field, but still needs some fuel to make adjustments. I won’t go into details now. If you fancy another metaphor, from a humanist perspective, a marathon runner needs an energy reserve in order to sprint over the finish line. Btw, I would be very happy if a marathon runner would like to join our community to share his/her wisdom. Maybe Mr Haruki Murakami is reading this?!…(laughs)
Also, while testing the idea behind the project, I came across people saying: “But I don’t know how to contribute”. And I love that answer because I see creative potential in that. If you don’t know, it means you need to think about it. This is your chance to design your dream job if you want.

We also need to be comfortable with an uncertain outcome. This is a life long mission and I personally am happy I have found it. This is not a project about me, I provide the guidelines at the beginning, but gradually, the energy of the community will determine its evolution. This is precisely why it will be Collective Art into Space, not my personal art or anyone else’s. “I have art into space” would be such a grandiose statement to make and it’s incompatible with the Community’s values. Anyone willing to join our community, should be able to keep their egos in check. “We will send artwork into space as a symbol of our shared values: Beauty, Truth, consideration for the Other” is definitely better and that’s the starting point.

Since we will be dealing with a lot of input from many creators, we need to ensure everyone gets their share of creative credit for their contribution, as we want to keep the community honest and transparent. It’s a blend of individual empowerment leading to potentially collective synergistic output. And this is why I put my copyright for my ideas:

Copyright Laura Livia Grigore

Manifesto for The Truth Project

Manifesto for The Truth Project (the Collective):

  • We will take a local truth and make it global.
  • Our (art)work will transcend the boundaries of the ego.
  • At every step we will adjust strategy.
  • We will act in line with Truth and Beauty and consideration for the Other.
  • We will look for Meaningful Innovation, representing both our individual aspirations and the Community’s as a whole.
  • We will practice perspective taking on a daily basis to keep our Creative spirit fit.
  • As we will train Our Creative Spirit, we will attempt to make the (art)work less and less context dependent and more universal.
  • We will look for Consensus and Agreement.
  • Every member will use his/her natural gifts and is free to choose his/her role based on the information available at Present Moment. Multiple persons can play the same role at the same time or across time.

The Manifesto is an Open Source Document to be updated at every step.
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Submissions, collaboration proposals, expressions of interest and support incentives from the Arts& Science community are welcomed.

A high sense of ethics and a life long learning attitude are mandatory in order to be part of the project and ensure it will be conducted in a healthy, enjoyable manner.

Copyright Laura Livia Grigore

The Truth Project, Alpha Version

The Truth Project,
Alpha version

I am seeking gallery representation worldwide for the following art piece, that I have been working on for the past year:

It is an interdisciplinary piece, at the intersection between performance, conceptual art, literature, psychology, space systems engineering and human rights advocacy.

It tackles sensitive matters such as racism, misogyny, moral corruption, dissonant falsity and human nature revealing its shadow, when pushed at the extreme. It aims straight at the concept of the Other, decomposing problems and interpersonal tension and providing alternative solutions.

The art piece is conceptually constructed as a complex, dynamically linked, multi-layered and reflective network of perspectives.

It provides a critical view on social design with ego at its core, as opposed to the humanist perspective on social design, in which the common good is the truthful priority.

Last but not least, the art piece is an intrinsic, exhaustive process, contained in a philosophical system that inputs conflict/misunderstandings and outputs harmony, in its most musical form.

It is a call for direct, heart to heart communication. A call for empathy in a fast pace changing society that is about to pass its workload to its robots. Besides empathy, ethics is brought into debate: are we building tools or weapons?

As responsibility is decentralized and redistributed to the individual, Trust with its components (Willingness, Communication and Authenticity) becomes, more then ever, a key factor in our general well being, but also an individual decision.

As social beings, we construct a layer of our Identity through the interactions with others.
It is precisely at the this cross domain intersection where Laura Livia Grigore would like to ask us a very difficult question:

Friends or Foes?

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The Truth Project is open to submissions and collaboration proposals from the Arts & Science community
Copyright Laura Livia Grigore 2018

The Truth Project

The Truth Project

Mission:

Raise Awareness with Respect to the things that Truly matter for a fruitful Human Experience, such as Empathy, Balance and Joy.

Ultimate Objective:

Send Collaborative Art to Space in order to highlight the genuine empowerment of the community and its shared values on the quest for Beauty & Knowledge.

Objectives:

-acknowledge the experience of the Other through multiple perspective taking, both emphatically (emotional level) and cognitively (Theory of Mind)

-apply the principles of space systems and collaborative engineering to social design through an interdisciplinary, interconnected approach

-highlight non-negotiable social Values such as Honesty, Truth, Respect and Trust, which are fundamental for being part of our community

-beta-test a value exchange system, similar to the one used in Block chain Technology in order to conduct the project

-from a musical perspective, input dissonance and output harmony by using different emotional tonalities, ranging from sadness to peace

-demonstrate how to deal with Uncertainty and overcome the Fear of the unknown in a stoic Manner and keep the mindset on curios exploration

-make the journey charming and entertaining by using references to classical literature, such as Harry Potter, the Odyssey, Faust or Laura’s book, The Heart is the Center of the Universe.

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The Truth Project is open to submissions and collaboration proposals from ANY field of Arts& Science as our community is rapidly expanding.
Copyright: Laura Livia Grigore 2018

We need

We need categories, drawers in which to put what we see, what we experience, what we understand
We need specialized doctors to treat each and every part of our mind or spirit that’s aching
We need the senses to observe and the mind to process
We need a language to translate who we are
Who we think we are
Who we decided we are
Who we remember we were
And who we want to be.
And then we have art
In which we can articulate,
but not really
In which we can preserve a healthy amount of mystery
Chunks of experience undulating next to each other
Like neighboring rivers,
Stripes and shadows
And a fair amount of feeling.
A recipe in which we blend ‘what was’ with ‘what could have been’
‘What is’ with ‘what could be’
Everything superimposed for a second
For the blink of an eye
Everything superimposed while we alternate blindness with vision.
A snapshot of how our insides looks like
Now
Precisely now
Precisely yesterday
Tomorrow.
And then we look at our recipe from a fair distance
Close enough to see the drawers
Far enough to still hold the eagle vision
And we still don’t have an answer
To the questions we didn’t even ask
But this doesn’t hinder us
From trying.