Elephant Project First Steps

The genesis of this project in 2005 resulted in five film shorts, which I created with the help of Andy Vermouth and footage donated by Kurt Ossenfort of his trip to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center where the elephants play large instruments made for them. The multimedia concert alternated between short films about the miraculous abilities of elephants with elephantine organ music where I played organ pieces alternating with films projected onto a large piece of parachute material hanging from the archway in front of the altar at the church. The Thai Elephant Conservation Center is one of the places Geoff and I will be visiting and filming.

The text used in all the film shorts for the 2005 performance are from a book called Sacred Elephant by Heathcote Williams and used with his permission.

About naturestage

Miranda Loud is the Founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit NatureStage based in Waltham, MA, and is an interdisciplinary artist - classical singer/organist/filmmaker/photographer and environmentalist. She writes about the vital need for education to include a more heart-centered approach to studying other species that leads to a sense of stewardship. Naturestage creates works that foster empathy and kinship with other species, using the emotional power of storytelling in different art forms, mainly film, photography and music. She is also a public speaker on art and social change. Her current projects include The One Language Project, Park Dreams, The Elephant Project, and Elephantasia which all use different art forms to encourage a mind shift in how we relate to other species by asking "How would the world be different if we viewed other species as someones instead of somethings? If, instead of drawing lines, we drew circles?"
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