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113. Calling in the Arts: Freewill

For most of the world, it is assumed that everyday when we wake up we retain all the agency and choice for our lives. We choose our future, we choose our jobs, we choose our friends, and we choose where we live. We believe–as the poet William Ernest Henley wrote and Winston Churchill mused–that we are the masters of our own fate. But what is freewill and how might it actually function? Or maybe it’s just a fever dream that doesn’t exist.

This week, Ryan and Garreth sit down to talk about choice and how much of it we actually have. How we view freewill impacts what we do in life, how we make, and what our studio practice actually looks like. While the idea of unmitigated freewill is thrown around a lot in conversations by people with a lot of education and very little difficulty in life, our actions and the reality of the world we live in pushes against this no-holds-barred view we have of personal freedom, choice and how we can impact a world that existed long before we did.

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For a limited time, our documentary The Builder is available to stream on Vimeo! The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website.

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