FRESH AIR, 1990 - Participants at Time Life Building, Ave of Americas – New York City
Artists Scale New York City's 7 Largest Bridges Replacing Terrorism with Art
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1000 People Send Cigarette Smoke To Cigarette Manufactures in Europe
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John Halpern Lives 10 Days in Hermetic Sealed Glass Installation Breathing 1x per/min with 10,000 Plants
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200,000 People Breath Interactively with Plants In Mobile Glass Installations Internationally
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TOUCH THE SKY / Robert Filliou
A feature length experiential film portrait of Fluxus community iconoclast, Robert Filliou. His life traces an unusual path from the French Resistance, to economics, the 1960's cultural and art revolution, to intuitive interconnectivity, meditation and sustainability. Features Dick Higgins, Dorothy Ianonne, Allan Kaprow, Alison Knowles, Christo, Ann Noel, Ben Patterson, Carolee Schneemann, Daniel Spoerri, more. Co-Producer, Emily M. Harris.
Joseph Beuys TRANFORMER
A Beuys Halpern Collaboration
the Iconic German sculptor/ co-founder of the Green Party, Joseph Beuys, collaborates with Halpern on a video portrait, "A Television Sculpture," during the historic NY Guggenheim retrospective 1979-80.
REFUGE / TALKING W DALAI LAMA
The Dalai Lama, Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Melissa Mathison (KUNDUN), Philip Glass, other seminal figures discuss how our lives and world are transformed by contemplative eastern thought and practices. A story of REFUGE, east and west.
WAKING BUDDHA, the story of the meditation movement and its connection to today's social engagement, advocacy and culture for a sustainable future. (see also, WAKING BUDDHA LIVE)
"Beuys' contagious, strident and humorous personality advocate for the transformation of each us and the global evolution of society through a vigorous form of cultural activism – that Beuys called Social Sculpture." - John Halpern, director, Joseph Beuys/TRANSFORMER.
Social Engagement Projects
NEW CONSUME & ALPS
Since1990, NEW CONSUME defines and advocates a conscious, creative consumerism - attentive to our stewardship of the sustainable future.
ALPS, a healthy art cookie engages Swiss shoppers and "workless" ALPS producers in transforming the economy.
WAKING BUDDHA LIVE
This immersive cinema program engages theater participants in meditative, collective experiences during the screening of WAKING BUDDHA film footage and scenery. Integrating film and immersive tools, aestheticizing our minds toward proactive engagement and sustainability.
"Cultural Sketches" at the New School New York. 2019. Responding to a growing social hunger for creative assembly, network and community – Institute for Cultural Activism International is dedicated to nurturing collaborative cultural works designed to benefit and transform society. The institute founders are artists, Emily Harris and John Halpern. See link for events and donations.
ART CORPORATION OF AMERICA INCORPORATED / New York, 1977
In 1977, recognizing the need for an artists' creative collective, John Halpern and artist, Greg Pickard, formed ART CORPORATION OF AMERICA INCORPORATED performing among others the renown, BRIDGING event.
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