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Sacred Activism and the MAP-Maker As Performance Artist

Lensless photography, Mapping Out, Dance Anywhere, ONE Pixel & Short Shorts

“The entire cosmos is a cooperative. The sun, the moon, and the stars live together as a cooperative. The same is true for humans and animals, trees, and the Earth. When we realize that the world is a mutual, interdependent, cooperative enterprise — then we can build a noble environment. If our lives are not based on this truth, then we shall perish. . . The Earth community has a self-emergent, interdependent, cooperative nature. We humans have no substance or reality that is separate from this community. Thich Nhat Hanh refers to this as our “inter-being”: we and other species “inter-are.” . . . And if we really consider Mother Earth as an integral community and a witness of enlightenment, don’t we have a responsibility to protect her through mindful “sacred activism?”

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu in Why the Buddha Touched the Earth by John Stanley and David Loy

The Practice at toMake™
Right MAP Making : Five Ways to Make Maps for a Future to be Possible
Visit the place, the Other . . . stop to listen, observe, see, & experience. . . perhaps a dozen visits, maybe forty, over as many years.
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the Manifesto
Right MAP Making

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Read the Essay
That MAP You Love

a Gift Has No Market Value
It is the assumption [of this book The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property] that a work of art is a gift, not a commodity. Or, to state the modern case with more precision, that works of art exist simultaneously in two "economics," a market economy and a gift economy. Only one of these is essential, however: a work of art can survive without the market, but where there is no gift there is no art.
Lewis Hyde
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But What About the Place ?

the Responsibility of Responding . . . Sharing the Gift
toMake™ Press is a printing shop, press, pressroom, with supplies of ink, drawing materials, lithographic stones, heating bills, a drying rack, chemicals, fine printing paper . . . and occupied with the knowledge to use these tools.

Making a limited print costs me roughly $150 US in materials; paper, ink chemicals, etc.
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Limited Editions by the Artist-Printmaker
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