Jennifer Stephens

Photo by Philip Laubner Jennifer Stephens, also known as Marigold Bumbleroot, is a professional bubble-blower. Catch her any odd day at the fairy festival and she’ll be blowing goopy orbs…

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Manifest: Retrospect

Do not adjust your monitors, there is nothing wrong with your screen. Photographer Phil Laubner captured these images by seemingly straddling dimensions, thus allowing him to freeze time and manipulate…

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Baltimore Afrobeat Society

Performances by the Baltimore Afrobeat Society are both intense and deeply cathartic experiences as well as important cultural gatherings that have become a ritual for many of us. As the dates for their most recent performances approached, fans of the ensemble spoke of the impending celebrations with reverence knowing that these happenings aren’t your typical live shows. They are rites of affirmation.

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#3: culture, art and science

As an artist/educator, it seemed relevant to learn about how the human mind and brain process information and respond to stimuli. In the classroom, I shared what I was learning with my students—figuring they might be interested. They were. One thing led to another and pretty soon I was teaching myself to write grant applications to the National Institutes of Health to fund media to teach teenagers about their brains. Needless to say, my Masters of Fine Arts in painting didn’t really prepare me for this so somehow I convinced a team of scientists to help me. My goal was to persuade the NIH to give me a large sum of money to make films that could help young people understand what their brains were capable of, and how they could use them to build the lives they wanted.

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The Copycat Theatre

It is these kind of imaginative, playful, socially-conscious, boundary-pushing experiences that breathe life into the people, give meaning to art and work, and force us to reckon with ourselves so as to ensure we all evolve a little bit before we die.

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Intuitive Insight: So What

Part 4—the final short film in this series about intuitive insight and the cultural impediments to becoming the innovation powerhouse the US has planned for itself. Sure, we’re talking about brains and culture and other pointy-headed stuff here, but I’m trying some other things here—experimental non-fiction. Some nice flowers for ya’ll.

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Visionary Gathering II

The famed and wonderfully talented photographer Philip Laubner. It seems this past weekend Soul Mob Productions and Telesma were up to their usual antics again at Visionary Gathering II. Sources…

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