Video: My Vision for the Artistic Renewal of the City
The video interview below, conducted this past fall, captures best my vision for the artistic renewal of Austin. It represents the combination of ideas and practices that I believe are necessary for the Kingdom of God to become manifest through the art culture of the city over the next 40 to 100 years.
I'm grateful to Jeremy Rogers for doings such a great job in the editing room. He turned what could have ended up boring-ish into something possibly entertaining. He certainly captured my verbal tics ("fifth? fifth? fifth, fifth--fifth?"). Jeremy works as Austin Stone Community Church's video chief. We met a number of years ago when he was an RTF graduate student at UT. He'd visited Hope Chapel a few times. And with the community of Christians in the film industry of Austin so small, it was inevitable that we would bumped into each other here and there. I sincerely appreciate the man.
(One more connection to Austin Stone. This morning a few of us from Christ Church joined Mission Possible for Church Under the Bridge, a worship service offerd to the homeless community of Austin. Cliff is asking all of us at CC to spend a Sunday serving CUB. But the folks setting up all the food and drink were a contingent from Austin Stone. It was a great blessing to serve with them.)
Let me mention two things about the video. One, I quote Andy Crouch twice. The problem is, the part where I say "Andy Crouch just published a great book called Culture Making" got left on the cutting room. But credit goes to whom credit is deserved--in particular the "we can simply go about criticizing, analyzing, consuming...culture" part. If you haven't bought his book, buy it.
Two, if you were wondering the name of the person who engaged me in lively conversation during this interview . . . well, there was none. I stared at a concrete wall the whole time.
Jeremy had his hands full running the camera. A second person would usually ask the questions and give me verbal and non-verbal feedback. But this time it was just me and a smooth, grey wall with a blobby brown spot that I looked at intently for over an hour. I tell you what: it's hard to make a joke and have the concrete wall not laugh back at you. So I laughed at my own jokes. A few I groaned at.
Anyhoo, here it is. It's a 13-minute sermonette. It's a rationale for the arts center that Phaedra and I hope some day to establish in Austin. I'm not sure how I feel about the lamb chops, though.
David Taylor-In His Own Words from The Austin Stone on Vimeo.
(PHOTO: Maya Lin's "Wave Field" qua Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink, a landscape architectural project that not only renovated a "broken down" space in the middle of Grand Rapids, it also created a beautiful reproduction of a planetarium's starlight in the surface of the skating rink. See here for her conceptual process.)