Wednesday, October 21, 2009

[Yasmin_discussions] Fwd: The Arts in the Context of Darwinian Theory of Evolution Today

From: david mcconville <>


I'm responding off-list because this isn't directly related to your
question, but I recently gave a couple of performances at CalAcademy's
new Morrison Planetarium (50th anniversary of Vortex Performances!)
entitled "Perceiving Home: An Ecological View of the Cosmos". I'm
increasingly focused in my own work on how "ecology" is an apt lens
through which to consider not only the interactions of organisms with
their environment, but also our perceptions within those interactions.
Getting quite positive feedback since cosmological narratives -
especially in science center contexts - are often focused on
communicating the quantitative nature of observations than on
discussions of ecological principles present across scales.

I'm continuing to tour with this performance/presentation - something
that seems relevant to the Darwinian Theory topics...


> Perceiving Home:
> An Ecological View of the Cosmos
> October 3rd, 2009
> Presentations at 8pm and 9:30pm
> West Coast Green After-Party at California Academy of Science Morrison Planetarium
> San Francisco, CA
> Visions of the cosmos profoundly influence our interpretations of reality, shaping the lenses through which we perceive the world. While mechanistic metaphors have dominated our understanding since the scientific revolution, contemporary sciences are discovering a universe that is complex, dynamic, evolving, and self-organizing. The most radical findings have revealed systemic interconnections across phenomena at micro and macro scales that have contributed to the genesis and sustenance of life. Perceiving Home visualizes some of these connections through an immersive journey across vast scales of time and space within Cal Academy's new state-of-the-art Morrison Planetarium. Using an interactive 3D atlas of the observable universe, it explores how an emerging ecological paradigm is shifting our perspectives on global and cosmic life support systems and transforming perceptions of our home planet.
> Perceiving Home will be presented by media artist David McConville, the Director of Noospheric Research of The Elumenati and a Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by violist Christen Lien , a classically trained violist that performs original compositions using guitar effects and a looping machine that are a beautiful mixture of East and West, classical and postmodern, and acoustic and electronic.

david mcconville
director, noospheric research division


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