Impermanence

Embracing Change [With DVD]

By David Hodge; Hi-Jin Kang Hodge
(Snow Lion Publications, Hardcover, 9781559393072, 159pp.)

Publication Date: February 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the December 2008 Indie Next List
“In 2005, multi-media artists David and Hi-Jin Hodge created an installation on 'Impermanence' for an exhibit honoring the Dalai Lama. This beautifully designed book -- which includes an interactive DVD -- features photographs of the various speakers, along with their often moving reflections, and wonderfully recreates the gallery experience.”
-- Karl Pohrt, Shaman Drum Bookshop, Ann Arbor, MI


Description
What does it mean that we are constantly changing? How do people confront ideas like death and change? Asked to contribute to an exhibit celebrating the work of the Dalai Lama, multimedia artists David and Hi-Jin Hodge interviewed over a hundred people about impermanence and change in their lives. Their subjects ranged from philosophers, gardeners, economists, spiritual leaders, doctors, and patients. The result was incredibly moving. The Hodges's installation consisted of a large circular arrangement of mounted iPods on which the interviews played simultaneously, each on its own screen. Now this unique record has been made available for a wider audience; it includes both a book and a DVD so that the interviews can be viewed as they were seen in the original exhibit. Though impermanence is a central Buddhist concept, it's also a universal concern. We all grow up, change, and eventually pass into another state." Impermanence: Embracing Change" provides a range of voices both profound and heartwarming that address these questions.



About the Author
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