Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Emergence - Connecting Art, Science and Consciousness / Saturday 3.12. / 10.00-17.00

As part of the 10th Convergence Festival the third 'Emergence' hosted at the Cultivate Centre promises to be an enthralling experience exploring the connections between art, science and consciousness in the company of some distinguished guests like Dr. Otto van Nieuwenhuijze, Saskia Bosman, Ph.D and Alicia Falvey. The trio represent The Visions Lab, a group of scientists and independent researchers from the Netherlands. They have formed a virtual lab as a platform to broaden the scope of science to connect with personal involvement, art, consciousness and sustainability. Irish sacred geometry architect Michael Rice will join them. Michael's emphasis is on Holistic Design using the principles and proportions of Nature.

Convergence, as it's name suggests, brings people together: to share ideas, to explore the latest solutions and approaches to a more balanced lifestyle and together to figure out how we can live fulfilled, dynamic and healthy lives without endangering the ability of the next generation to do the same. It all sounds quite serious but in fact Convergence is both inspiring and perhaps most importantly, great fun!

For detailed program click here!, Fee: 20 Euro

From the CULTIVATE Centre for Sustainable Living and Learning
15-19 Essex St. West, Old City, Temple Bar, Dublin 8

Monday, November 21, 2005

Reviewed: Doing Likewise with Jonathan Miller and Oliver Sacks

This Saturday a symposium on Doing Likewise was held at the New York Institute of the Humanities, exploring the themes of imitation, impersonation and emulation in animals, robots, children, magic, art, fashion, philosophy and law convened by neurologist and opera director Jonathan Miller. Participants included neurologist Oliver Sacks and sleight-of-hand artist Ricky Jay. Highlights included an astonishing presentation on camouflage in octopi and other cephalopods by Roger Hanlon, work on language mastery in grey parrots by Irene Pepperberg, Ricky Jay's description of the Inimitable Dick, who inspired an explosive proliferation of dancing poodles in 19th century Europe, and Oliver Sacks' extraordinary accounts of compulsive imitation in victims of Tourette's syndrome. Yale roboticist Brian Scassellati and I discussed imitation in robots, including Dirk the Robotic Tramp whom you may have spotted in Dublin in July.

Art to science/science to art in Glucksman this Saturday

If you are passing through Cork on Saturday don't miss ART TO SCIENCE/SCIENCE TO ART on 26 November 2005 at 2pm in the Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork (free). Speakers include Suzanne Anker, Head of Fine Art, School of Visual Arts, New York City, Slovenian artist Marko Peljhan, and Cathy Fitzgerald.
Link (Thanks, Cathy!)