Last week, I hosted an evening with Peter Rollins from his Transgressions Tour at West End Wine Bar in Chapel Hill. We had a great crowd show up and it was a really fun evening. Peter interrogated how we might cultivate life-giving, transformative zones that challenge social, political and religious oppression. By employing the figures of the Trickster and the Fool Peter explores how we might engage in truly subversive acts, acts that operate in the name of life, liberation and lasting change.
Just incase you weren’t there – here’s the video. Enjoy.
resurrection announces that God has not given up on the world
because this world matters
this world that we call home
dirt and blood and sweat and skin and light and water
this world that God is redeeming and restoring and renewing
greed and violence and abuse they are not right
and they cannot last
they belong to death and death does not belong
resurrection says that what we do with our lives matters
in this body
the one that we inhabit right now
every act of compassion matters
every work of art that celebrates the good and the true matters
every fair and honest act of business and trade
every kind word
they all belong and they will all go on in God’s good world
nothing will be forgotten
nothing will be wasted
it all has it’s place…
– Rob Bell
Graffiti artist/social commentator Banksy took to the streets of New York yesterday (October 13) to teach us a lesson about art and the value of things. He set up a booth in Central Park selling his work – original sign canvases. It was a simple, inauspicious looking stand that was manned by an elderly gentleman. It took for hours to make the first sale and without much fanfare, the booth sold $420 worth of art over the afternoon.
Here’s the amazing part, Banksy’s artwork typically sells for hundreds of thousands of dollars (and often times, upwards into the millions)… yesterday he was selling them for $60 each. The people that bought the art had no idea what they were actually purchasing.
Banksy’s lesson of the day: value is fleeting and subjective.
This definitely makes you wonder about the value of things and how subjective that value can be. It also echoes the sentiment of C.S. Lewis, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”