The Cultural Imagination

Imagining the World from a Cultural Perspective with D. Paul Schafer

D. Paul Schafer is the Founder and Director of the World Culture Project in Markham, Canada, and author of the books, Culture: Beacon of the FutureThe Age of Culture, The Arts: Gateway To A Fulfilling Life And Cultural Age, and his latest, World of Culture, which is set to be published by the end of 2021. 

In our upcoming Special Feature coming October 25th, IMAGINE Publisher Mark Riva sits down with this cultural pioneer to learn more about the World Culture Project and to explore the “cultural imagination” and the role that culture and cultures can and should play in the world of the future.

Riva credits D. Paul Schafer as one of his biggest influences going back to the late ’90’s when one of the big inspirations for Riva’s Auricle: Electrozine of Aural Culture was D. Paul’s brother, R. Murray Schafer, Founder of the World Soundscape Project and author of the seminal book, The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World, who sadly just passed away on August 14th, and will forever be remembered.

It was only a matter of time before Riva made the logical connection to D. Paul’s equally amazing work, whose book, Culture: Beacon of the Future offers a groundbreaking holistic vision of culture that proposes a formulation of the world system of the future according to culture’s highest and most enduring principles, a work which not only expanded Riva’s budding concept of “aural culture,” but introduced him to wonders of The Culturescape.

In the mid-2000’s, Riva reached out to Schafer for the first time and initiated Project Culturescape with him, an endeavor which led to the Art Cafe Symposium at the Colorado Art Expo based on Schafer’s book, Argument for the Arts. As life has a way of doing, Riva transitioned to many further adventures since, but D. Paul’s work has always been a major influence. Now with IMAGINE, it’s great to be back in the groove with him with the opportunity to find that Schafer has not missed a beat and been as productive as ever, with further books such as The Age of Culture, The Arts: Gateway To A Fulfilling Life And Cultural Age, and his forthcoming, The World As Culture.


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