Sex, Death, and the Creative Mystery

Stuart Davis talks to host Steve Banks about his own creative process, the central themes that inform his art, and how he unpacks the radical unknowable mystery at the center of the creative furnace.

Stuart and Steve begin by introducing two themes in particular that run through Stuart’s work: sex and death (aka eros and thanatos, creativity and destruction, the self-transcending and self-dissolving drives shared by all holons in the Kosmos). They then explore how these themes are all expressions of a single primordial creative lineage running through all of our human activities, and indeed through all manifestations in this universe.

It is the same primordial creative impulse that continues to pull something out of nothing, again and again, moment after moment. And it is the same creative mystery that sits at the innermost core of you, igniting your heart, your minds, and even the countless stars in the sky, calling you to consciously participate with the singular everpresent flow of creative emergence.

“Everything we can point to that’s redeeming about humanity, comes from the tradition of “something from nothing”, from primordial creativity. That’s the actual lineage that gave birth to all the other lineages; everything propagates forward from that.”

Stephen also talks to Stuart about his own work, Blue Pearl: A One World Oratorio. You can find a demo of this piece at where you can also buy tickets for the world premiere on 14th May 22, in London or live stream + 7 days on demand.

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