just spent a couple of hours at the guggenheim exhibition at the ngv. it was wonderful. [though if you’re going it might be worth waiting a couple of weeks until the crowds die down… i’ll go again when it feels a little less like the Louvre on a Sunday]. on my way back i walked past the Pixar exhibition at ACMI and ran into some friends who had just been to that. we were talking about the differences between the two exhibitions: the guggenheim exhibition is art as a moment – confronting, surreal, provocative, prophetic, liminal. the pixar exhibition is art that tells a story, inspiring courage and imagination. i was thinking as i walked back to the office that we’re pretty good at doing the latter in worship. i like the idea of getting better at the former.

i did like this quote from todays paper about the Pixar exhibition: “People ask us all the time: ‘My child’s interested, so what computer programs should they study?’ What we always say is: ‘Study drawing, study your observations about the world – and study how to tell stories!’ Because storytelling is what it’s really about. Then it’s a matter of how to tell those stories visually, so those traditional skills that have been around forever are the foundation of what we do. That’s in spite of the fact that, yes, we’re innovators. But if you don’t have the foundations, it doesn’t matter. A computer is just another tool.”


  1. Jes

    I spent the weekend at the Pixar exhibition – similar to the Guggenheim, apparently, are the crowds… although I suspect the median age of the attendees at Pixar would be a great deal younger than those at the Guggenheim…

    I’m not so sure we’re that great at telling the stories of our faith. I think too often we fall back into the memory of the story – instead of hearing a new perspective/interpretation/relevance to the feeding of the 5000, for example, we remember the first time we heard it. Or think about the practicalities of feeding 5000 with five loaves. I’m not inspired by these stories any more.

    The Pixar exhibition shows not only the story and imagination, but the hard work it takes to create the story. Thousands of storyboards, drawings, animatics, paintings, colourscapes… In practising worship, I find myself doing what’s been done before – and not putting in the hard yards to create something new but familiar, imaginative yet real, inspiring yet grounded…

    enter alt worship…?

  2. Cheryl

    i was actually thinking about alternative worship, and how we tell stories in that when i wrote this. i’d agree with you on the mainstream stuff…

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