BY THE MANDATE OF HEAVEN MOVIE IS LIVE
‘By the Mandate of Heaven’ is a film release of the live performance art play from 2016 which breaks the fourth wall in an interactive two-character 1 actor show. It was performed at ‘We Are One Stories of the Earth Community’ at the Chalice Northcote in support of Australia’s first Rights of Nature conference by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, Earth Arts.
It is a spiritual, philosophical, environmental social commentary that looks at and critiques our current civilizations modus operandi- through interactive audience address and audio-visual performance method.
It is a timely message, a plea for and on behalf of all souls including the earth herself. Infused with the echo and essence of timeless wisdoms and the vision of life today, The Mandate of Heaven calls on the will of the people to act. It reflects on the ethics of human dominance, governance and ownership, the economic imperative, worth and the foundations for life. It speaks for the community of life from the perspective of the inter-cessionary principle. It challenges current models in light of universal interspecies ethics and directly prompts persons to contemplation and action. It proposes future karma and the need to reassess the founding structures upon which our civilization stands. It calls to account. It asks the participant to contemplate many things. It is an intercession, a point of departure to a future as yet unwritten.
The artist wishes to highlight the themes raised in the play (Nuclear technology, the Rights of Nature, ethics, the 6th great extinction) on World Social Justice day February 20th. For these issues affect everything in the community of life. Social justice is defined differently in matters pertaining to faith, economics and social conventions. But for the artist it is a matter of the commons, the indisputable facts of life which cannot be denied, that all beings are dependent upon the same foundations for life and that is where the true sphere of and need for justice and leadership lay.
It is an invitation inspired by the Ancient Chinese ‘Mandate of Heaven’. To find out what that is and what relevance it has for today, according to the artist, you will have to watch the movie. The play gave birth to the electro orchestral anthem I Am (Song of the Earth) which was released on Earth day 2017 in a special multi arts event at Ceres Brunswick.
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