This presentation will explore the evolving nature of metaphor in the relationship between the arts and religion using participatory, descriptive and performative modes of inquiry. After a brief anecdote around the theme “Where do you draw the line?” Participants will play a game of sorts, the intent of which is to explore where Religion ends and Art begins…
This will be followed by what will aspire to be a brief poetic description of the territory shared and contested by the arts and religion. A transition to the topic of “metaphor” as a fundamental instrument in these interactions enables an engagement with the following two disruptive (and here sharply abridged) queries:
- Name a more ubiquitous metaphor for human spiritual aspirations or just the sorting and ordering of the world than the metaphor of light, or of light and dark.
- Now name a metaphor that is responsible for more human suffering.
This evokes the subject of othering, which I will treat in the closing segment with a brief performative element.