Why Gurdjieff Now welcomes Philip Perkis, a long time member of our New York group and one of America’s most respected photographers and educators. A Professor Emeritus at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, his prints have been showcased at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and venues around the world. Here he shares his passion for Gurdjieff’s work and writings, and how they map to the marvelous art form that he has taught and practiced for a lifetime.
The concept of mechanicality, that all people are machines reacting to external forces, is a central idea in the Gurdjieff teaching. It is vividly described in the early chapters of In Search of the Miraculous, P.D. Ouspensky’s lucid account of his talks and experiences with Gurdjieff from 1915 to 1923. Two members of our New York group, Vin and Jack, picked up the thread in a lively conversation recorded at a Chardavogne Barn Work day late last year.
Image: “The Waiting Room,” a painting by the Philadelphia-based artist Robert Zurer.
Nicole, a group member and college professor in California, talks with Doug about how acceptance is necessary for seeing ourselves — even in light of a natural desire for change and “self-improvement.” Her reflections are sprinkled with humorous ordinary life anecdotes that many listeners will relate to.
An accomplished playwright, poet, and educator, Donna Spector is also a long-time member of Mr. Nyland’s groups and teacher of the Gurdjieff Movements. In May 2019, she sat down with host Doug Sprei for a conversation recorded during a Work intensive period held in Northern California. Here she warmly recounts her early impressions of coming into the group and meeting Mr. Nyland, and shares how Gurdjieff’s Work finds expression in her life and work today.