Thank you for joining

Dear All,

Thank you for joining our first workshop dedicated to exploring the concept of a sacred space. Your participation made the event a sacred space for me and hopefully for you too, especially in these uncertain times. We also hope you enjoyed the delicious cookies and brownies from D’Amato’s Bakery as well as the bagels – for those short on carbohydrates – but we apologize for the shortage of bananas.

On a more serious note, the images you drew for the Art Response activity in response to “What is a sacred space for you?” were stunning and thought provoking, from flowers, water and anime to calligraphy. One person wrote their name as a sacred place, awakening us to the possibility of having sacredness within us wherever we might travel.

Following the screening of our new short films “Footsteps” and “Spaces,” we had the delightful opportunity to hear from a multidisciplinary group of panelists: Musician, Filmmaker and Educator Tatsu Aoki and Author Ethan Michaelli joined yours truly, Psychotherapist Hart Ginsburg, to reflect upon the meaning of sacred space and how we might create them in our daily life. Tatsu spoke of the challenges he faced after emigrating to the US from Japan in trying to find a point of connection with other musicians and artists. He overcame through his creativity, openness and resilience.

Hope to see you next time!




Hart Ginsburg | Digital Tapestries

WORKSHOP

This experiential workshop will explore how we come to understand the role of space and psychotherapy. More specifically, through response art, screening two films (“Footsteps” and “Spaces”), and question and answer, we will consider the existence and construction of sacred spaces; their role in our lives in general, and the influence of culture, identity, and politics in the creation and maintenance of sacred spaces in the practice of psychotherapy.

Sacred Spaces and Psychotherapy: Intersections of Culture, Identity, and Politics

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Description:

This experiential workshop will explore how we come to understand the role of space and psychotherapy. More specifically, through response art, screening two films (“Footsteps” and “Spaces”), and question and answer, we will consider the existence and construction of sacred spaces; their role in our lives in general, and the influence of culture, identity, and politics in the creation and maintenance of sacred spaces in the practice of psychotherapy.

Objectives:

Upon conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Consider response art as a method for investigating personal factors that relate to the creation of sacred spaces
  2. Consider the role of sacred spaces in the process of psychotherapy
  3. Understand the influence of culture, identity, and politics and other contextual factors in the creation and maintenance of sacred spaces

Presenters:

Hart Ginsburg, LCPC

Psychotherapist, Filmmaker and Founder of Digital Tapestries

Tatsu Aoki

Adjunct Professor at SAIC, currently teaching Asian Identify in Film.
Artist, Composer, Musician, and Filmmaker.

Moderator:

Ethan Michaeli

Author of The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America, and Lecture at the Univ. of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Continuing Education:

This workshop will provide 2 CEU’s for social workers and counselors. These CEU’s will also count toward the cultural competence continuing education required for social workers.

Location:

Gene Siskel Film Center Theater 2 | 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601

Time:

Saturday, April 28

10:00am–10:30am: Breakfast Reception and Art Response Session
10:30am–12:30pm: Screening, Discussion, and Response Art Presentation

Cost:

$35 per person including breakfast

This workshop is presented as a collaboration between Live Oak, Inc, Hart Ginsburg/Digital Tapestries and Asian Improv aRts Midwest.

New Book “Echoes: Hearts Open with Light”

Cover design of Echoes Series - Hearts Open with LightFor this photographic montage we have chosen the title “Hearts Open with Light.” The title reflects my belief that by opening our hearts in times of difficulty to the different emanations of light in our lives – friendships, nature, or other wholesome connections – we can then navigate ourselves towards a safer direction. In the following montage we have portrayed swimmers traversing the wavy waters of lake Michigan as a metaphor of resilience and determination to meet and incorporate and thus flow with life’s uncertainties.

This book can roughly be divided into two sections: First, a montage narrative of urban photographs taken while I explored the meaning of light in contemporary society. Second, reflections by psychotherapist Misty Major on ways we can overcome the inner loops we might face. These two sections when placed together are complementary and work together much like the fine ingredients of a New York pastrami sandwich. However, we cannot guarantee the flavor is as tasty or as kosher.

Digital Tapestries Echoes book series.

New Film : Footsteps

Spaces Trailer from Hart Ginsburg on Vimeo.

Footsteps (10 minutes) is a short film with Arabic and Spanish versions produced by Digital Tapestries. The title Footsteps was chosen connecting to the the underlying theme and visual motif of traces of human footsteps imprinted on the earth’s surface. The film through the central character, Mort, takes audience to work through our uncertain world and it is through his travels and engagement in society that we can reflect upon ourselves in how we live our lives. The film evokes questions on race and ethnicity and encourages us to believe what matters is not our external identity, but rather the way we choose to walk through our life. A sub-theme, through the metaphor of the child’s shoe, is that children guide us and it is by listening to their inner voice that we as adults can also find our way.

The film is based on a poem in a recently published book Footsteps written by Hart in response to discriminatory policies. Hart calls his artistic process Street Psychotherapy. “Through our ‘Street Psychotherapy,’ I hope to facilitate for our audience meditative moments of reflection and discovery beyond the surface of our human existence, by examining difficult themes, such as our current political landscape,” said Hart.