Snapshot: Laurence w4rner aka Cerulean (UK, 2017/18)
Fulbright is about crashing into a greater range of people and ideas. It has taught me that we can reach better art & innovation if we stumble together in harmony
The one memory that encapsulates my Fulbright experience was leading a room full of Fulbrighters from around the world in a “Let it Be” sing-a-long at The Listening Room Cafe in Music City Nashville (if anyone from the Enrichment Seminar has footage, I'd love to add it to my compilation!)
Fulbright is about crashing into a greater range of people and ideas. It has taught me that we can reach better art & innovation if we stumble together in harmony.
I continue to foster mutual understanding in a number of ways. Immediately, I'm excited to engage in dialogue with 12 different Fulbrighters (myself being the first!) this year, in my series 'net:work?': A Fulbrighter Conversation, aimed at encouraging discussion of how we can co-create a social media space which fosters understanding, not division.
And in my performing arts pursuits as Cerulean, I’m producing a musical, “Snowflakes in SoCal!", which imagines a near-future in which young people are distracted by technology far more addictive than smartphones: virtual reality. It frames climate change as a problem of such global severity that it might just have the capacity to bring together distracted people (‘Wake Up’) from across a divided America to work together (‘I See You’) to solve these problems. Visit our website at Snowflak.es to hear these songs, and follow our Kickstarter launching February 10th! I'm hopeful the Fulbright community might like to support us getting this message of mutual understanding on the road!