Perhaps there is more meaning inherent in everyday things than we realize.
When we play The Question and Answer game in definition form, with questions such as What is faith?, it feels like an experiment in living words, one where we might begin to reclaim language after years of devitalization through manipulative and/or mercenary agendas. (Beware the Vision checking account or Freedom mortgage). Many of us are longing to experience an authenticity in communication that we feel has been lost. One way to do this is to concretize and reconnect abstractions to their original source: The living Earth.
What is faith?
A cicada shell still hanging on the tree
Q&A Session with Chris Hudson, Mary Ellen Binkele, and Michelle Tennison (approx. 2003)
The strangely beautiful juxtapositions engendered by The Question and Answer Game can, when successful, highlight the revolutionary gifts of Surrealism. The rational mind is sidestepped. Mental habit is challenged. Our social conditioning is no longer in control. Even our personal story and world view can be called into question in order to make sense of a radically new correlation of ideas. We aren’t really sure how it is possible, but somehow this thing confronting us just feels true in a new way.
What is the moment of conception?
Lost to her breath given willingly
Question Michelle Tennison, Answer Chris Hudson (2010)
What am I doing in the other dimensions?
The perfume of strangers
Question Michelle Tennison, Answer Sabine Miller (2015)
How will I know you in the afterlife?
The heart outside my body
Q&A Session with Mary Ellen Binkele and Michelle Tennison (2014)
What is you and me?
This bird, then another
Q&A session with Chris Hudson, Mary Ellen Binkele, and Michelle Tennison (2003)