The two projects in this section saw Andrew and the studio turn their attention to humans.
In 2008, the studio traveled the globe to interview, film, and photograph some of the world’s most eminent elders. With the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the studio met with, photographed, and interviewed more than 75 extraordinary people from varying disciplines including Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall, Andrew Wyeth, and Buzz Aldrin. Each elder revealed a unique and intimate perspective from a generation that witnessed history unfold over the last century—history that, like the creatures, birds, and flowers of previous bodies of work, is at risk of dying away.
The Wisdom project resulted in five books published in multiple languages, a feature length documentary film, and a traveling exhibition mounted in New York, LA, Dublin, Sydney, and Toronto.
Following Wisdom, Andrew moved toward the subject of music. Music represents a pre-conscious mode of thought that precedes wisdom, and music exemplifies the diversity of thought, technique, and cultural traditions that exist across the planet. Again with the support of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the studio visited fifty eminent, categorically diverse musicians across the globe—from emerging artists to living legends—each of whom have contributed to a larger conversation about the form and have a unique perspective on life. Each subject was photographed and interviewed on camera about the process and experience of writing, producing, and performing music, and the power music has across cultures.
In an effort to create a distinctive understanding of the universal language of music, the studio also created a book published in multiple languages and a feature length documentary film.