Xook is an online platform providing artists a new and exciting avenue for the expression of their art, encouraging the creation of new works and artistic expression, collaboration, and diversification during and beyond the Covid pandemic.
Xook provokes critical thinking about art and spirituality by exploring artists and their works, offering new content, and providing a forum for community education.
It provides content that investigates artists relationship to spirituality, culture, and tradition though interviews that seek to create an impactful forum for the local community. It facilitates education on topics such as philosophy, spirituality, psychology, and culture.
Traditionally art was valued as a source of wisdom and knowledge. Today, that deeper sense of artistic meaning in often forgotten. Xook seeks to reestablish the connection whereby art is valued as a critical part of societal living which helps us to connect with the wisdom of our past. Xook, therefore, is a platform where artists become our teachers.
Vincent Sebastian is an Australian with a Chilean/Uruguayan cultural background. He has 20 years experience creating and innovating music and art events around Sydney which unite a diverse range of artists from various cultural backgrounds. He specialises in forging and developing new and innovative collaborations between artists, whether through music, performance, events, or multi-media art. He is a musician, academic, and creative entrepreneur holding degrees in Psychology and Music and currently undertaking PHD research into the psychology of ritual and arts. He is co-owner of “The Nest”, a creative music production and recording studio in Surry Hills that services the Sydney community. Furthermore, he is a music producer and creative, and founder of the music group Oyobi which creates a unique fusion of futuristic Latin and percussive electronic music for local and international labels such as Atjazz Records, Ocha Music, and Imagenes.
Vincent’s degree in Psychology and Music and current PHD research are fundamental in his exploration of how artists evoke spiritual meaning in their practice. This ongoing research has examined various forms of traditional cultural music practices and explored how these practices create efficacy and develop spiritual and psychological meaning. This research has influenced his own creative work and artistic practices, fostering various psychological and creative insights into how arts performance can create deeper levels of meaning to bring connection, personal empowerment, and greater creativity.
Chilean born Australian, Alison has extensive experience in Public Relations, Marketing and Event Management with a career spanning over 20 years. Working for some of Australia’s largest brands has allowed her to take part in projects that have been recognised as some of the industry’s most successful and highly recognised award winning campaigns locally and globally. Alison has also been the recipient of The Institute of Public Relations Leadership Achievement Award two years in a row while working in agency. Alongside the achievements of her corporate career, Alison’s real passion has over the years been deeply focused on her passion for the arts that are enriched by her South American heritage. A true enthusiastic when it comes to her support for local talent she has surrounded herself by dancers, musicians and creatives alike that share the common joy of revitalising a culture that celebrates all nationalities and experiences. Involved over the years in festivals, dance competitions, fundraisers and cultural events – Alison has stayed close to her community as a performer, organiser or simply as a supporter. An inquisitive by nature, Alison has also always allowed new ideas, practises and customs to deepen her knowledge to help her on her personal journey which has been a driving force for individual development. Interacting with artists is what she loves most and embarking on project Xook has been the perfect opportunity to combine her years of professional experience with her creative yearning to explore how and why the artists of today have been inspired to create work that impacts and influences today’s culture.