MAD | Music/Art/Design
Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913 but his continuing influence in the world is especially as a polymath and educator. The "O horizon" is the "forest floor," our earth’s surface level of organic matter that becomes the topsoil that sustains life on this planet, an apt metaphor for the spirit of open educational environments of great vitality. O Horizon is a marvellous new experimental documentary that celebrates this life-affirming tradition, a practice which embraces music as much as soil science, tree planting as much as mural painting, free-form philosophizing as much as finely honed craft, and dance. It was commissioned by bauhaus imaginista and filmed by Turner Prize nominees The Otolith Group at prominent Tagorean schools in West Bengal, India.
"In this sumptuous offering we are reminded of the world’s extraordinary beauty, and that our own lives, through dance, music, visual art, thought, and action, reveal the forms and rhythms of this beauty. The ravishing cinematography seeks out moments of unexpected luminosity, and movement and song express, with a sense of tenderness and longing, the mutability and fragility of life. This is a film for our moment, a visual and aural meditation on the potential for environmental and spiritual renewal, and a gentle call to action."—Colin Browne