Yoko Ono answers your questions every Friday on Twitter and Facebook.
Friday 17 May 2012
Jessica Howcroft @JessHowcroft
please could you tell me your thoughts on William Blake, I would be very grateful. Thank you
This is where you must make your own decision of what you like of the work and why. All artistic works (including literature) are there to give you inspiration for you to make a further step in life. If you just go with what other people think about the work, it will not serve you.
Give the first answer that comes into your mind – what was the BEST decision you made in the past few days? =)
The decision I made but decided to keep to myself until the best moment to tell it.
Anthony Finno @AnthonyFinno
How can #music remind us about a behavior of oneness that we once practiced as second nature?
By performing the music yourself – either just in your head or physically as well.
Anna BilinGal @AnnaBan78309662
What is your secret to keeping your stamina up? Is it mostly mental or physical?
Our physical situation is an expression of our mental state. Keep your mind clear and flexible so it could meet the challenge of the day.
Vernon Lawrence @intranautt
When I paint a still life,I get tense. I continue to paint by feeling. My still life becomes an abstraction. Is this normal?
Feeling is all we have to express. Walk through the rooms of a museum and you will not find one painting which has not been done by the feeling of the artist. You question the normalcy of your painting. What is normal? Forget that word when you paint. You are painting your feelings not something you call “normal”.
Jon Cornejo @Jon_Cornejo
What was your inspiration behind curating #Meltdownfest? Any overall themes or goals you wanted to achieve with the line up?
I want people to experience Future Now. You will only find out what I mean by attending and experiencing the 2013 Meltdown at Southbank in person. There are events going on all the time throughout the Festival.
Alin B @AgraniLin
How can I do to stop bullying?
Observe the people’s faces. If they are not feeling good about how you treat them, it will show, and your body will get hate, not love. If you continue, it will make you ill. That logical reality should stop you from bullying. Bullying is not only unpleasant for the people you are bullying, but it does not serve you well.
What simple things can a person do to his/her effort towards connecting with other cultures?
Develop your interest in other cultures. Experience them in whatever way you can. When their culture becomes yours, even in the smallest way, you are already connecting.
That Kid Tasha @thatkidTasha
What is the most valuable piece of advice you have ever gained?
We all receive valuable information every day from life. Advice is not information. It is given to you when the advisor has a personal need to give you the advice. I am always very careful about receiving advice.
doe dear @lalalogic
What would you say to those who perceive compassion as weakness?
Keep your compassion active. Don’t be discouraged by people who take it badly. They will be missing something very precious they could receive if they accept it without fear.
Have u ever visited Northern Ireland? My home town Derry won city of culture 2013 inspiring city
If you’re inspired to write a song and there is no piano, what do you do? i ii iii
Many times I get inspired when I am not near a piano. So I write down the music score, and then translate it into music later, when I am sat at the piano.
Hi, I’m from Argentina so I do not have a very good english. My question is, considering that we humans are destroying every aspect of the planet and the living creatures in it. Do you think there is a way we can stop consuming everything and start living in harmony with other forms of life and nature?
You are questioning. That’s a start. But don’t just question. Do whatever you can do to bring about a harmonious world. This is not the time to question. This is the time to act with conviction – that we can save ourselves and our lovely planet.
What were your dreams when you were six?
To be somebody who would help the world.
Good day Yoko. This is a performance art question: You paved the way in so many ways with both your performance and your visual art, and now with artists like Marina Abramović truly getting their respect, have you considered a retrospective of your own performance works, or even a return to that form with new works?
I am still doing it, on a very local level. That’s how it always was. The act itself spreads by word of mouth – or better yet, the sheer vibration without the help of words to translate the event. It spreads like a zen act – mostly in silence. It’s good to still have something like that as an art media.
Hello Yoko. My question to you is this: What is your favourite remix of your own? And also – would you ever consider doing some shows or some talks in Australia? xxx
I have already been invited to do a show at MoCA in Sydney this coming November. I’ll see you soon. As for the remix. it is a very interesting but detailed story, so I’ll leave it to another day, but you can listen to all the mixes at the ONO Remixes website.
Will there ever be a DVD of the Starpeace world tour or possibly a live CD?
You will hear about it soon.
What are your thoughts on other dimensions?
As you put it so succinctly: it’s a “thought”. And it will become a reality when we need it to be our reality. The future is dormant in the present as concepts.
Francie Kochis Cook
Yoko, you came into my life (or I came into yours) at a time that I was in need of positiveness in my life. You pulled me out of my self-doubt and helped me become positive again. Do you believe each person we meet along the way is random or that the universe draws us to the people we are supposed to encounter? I can never say thank you enough for all you have done for me.
We are all magnets. We attract what we need to attract to us.
Heres my question…When you developed “Painting To Hammer A Nail In” or any of your particpation works, did you intend to make the observers feel as though they participated simply by making a choice to take part or not take part? or was that not considered?
Even when you decide to not participate, just by being invited to participate, your subconscious mind cannot help but participate with my mind. In that sense, you can say you have a choice, or you don’t have a choice.
I know Meltdown is going to be monumental, therefore I’m heartbroken I can’t go. Will there be a way for me to see this epic event?
The vibration of the event will travel to you. It’s an age when there is no way but to participate – by getting the information through various social media: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, etc.
What is the key to long lasting love with a partner? My husband and I idolize you and your husband and the everlasting bond created!
In any relationship, we put a lot of our energy to make it well. Relax. There is no stopping. It will always be there in some form. Don’t be afraid of the change of form. Change is life. Keep changing and it will be yours. Try not to change and it will lose you.
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