[extropy-chat] "Transhumanist Natasha Vita-More to speak at Summit" Montreal April 19-22

Natasha Vita-More natasha at natasha.cc
Sun Apr 8 06:04:41 UTC 2007

As a follow up (and blatant display of my name in the subject line), since 
I sent info about the Montreal Summit on Reviewing the Future, more 
information has hit the press and I am being featured as "Transhumanist" 
along with several speakers such as Bill Seaman of the Rhode Island School 
of Design and Pierre Lévy, philosopher.  Since much of the writings of the 
summit speakers and audience are based heavily in the ethics of the 
technology/sience/future of human and the practices that may affect the 
future of humanity, I am very excited to be at this conference, giving a 
talk and chairing one of the sessions.  It will be a really great 
opportunity to stand up to many naysayers of transhumanism whose books are 
full of insightful, cutting edge ideas but perpetually ignore transhumans 
and research into transhumanism.

My talk is "Brave BioArt 2:  shedding the bio, amassing the nano, and 
cultivating emortal life."

I hope to see some of you there.


"The 'Reviewing the Future: Vision, Innovation, Emergence' Summit will be 
held in Montreal from April 19 to 22, 2007, on the premises of University 
of Quebec in Montreal’s Coeur des Sciences. Among the speakers are many 
internationally recognized artists, thinkers and researchers, such as Roy 
Ascott, founder of the Planetary Collegium, transdisciplinary artist 
Victoria Vesna http://vv.arts.ucla.edu/projects/current.php, astrophysicist 
Roger Malina, nanotechnologist James Gimzewski, philosopher Pierre Lévy, 
culture theoretician Derrick de Kerckhove, media artist and theoretician 
Bill Seaman http://digitalmedia.risd.edu/billseam and many others, 
including me (Natasha).

"[T]he summit will allow 65 presenters from fifteen countries to share the 
results of their latest works and researches with their guests, and with 
the Quebec media arts and technologies community. The Summit will be an 
occasion for members of the different nodes of the Collegium (Plymouth, 
Beijing, Milan and Zurich, which will soon be joined by Seoul and Sao 
Paulo), along with several members pursuing their research on an individual 
basis as part of this international network, to get together. Many of these 
are amongst the best known artist/researchers of their fields.

"Through mostly transdisciplinary research, calling upon artists, 
scientists, engineers, philosophers, educators and communications 
specialists, the Collegium is contributing to the production of new 
knowledge in the field of media arts and to the transfer of this knowledge 
to other fields. Computer science, communications, research on 
consciousness, biotechnologies, cognitive sciences, hypermedia, variable 
environments, robotics are but a few of the disciplines whose development 
feeds and informs the Collegium research in all artistic disciplines : 
performance, dance, architecture, new narrative forms, music, 
installations, design, performing arts and the arts of the screen. Although 
the Summit is first and foremost an occasion to come in contact with unique 
approaches, which cannot be classified into traditional fields and are at 
the cutting edge of contemporary practice, several presentations will 
discuss the theoretical, cultural, social, educational, museological and 
environmental stakes of these practices."

For further information and registration: 

Information can be found at http://www.transhumanist.biz/

<http://www.natasha.cc/>Natasha <http://www.natasha.cc/>Vita-More
PhD Candidate, <http://www.planetary-collegium.net/about/>Planetary Collegium
Proactionary Principle Core Group, <http://www.extropy.org/>Extropy 
Member, <http://www.profuturists.com/>Association of Professional Futurists
Founder, <http://www.transhumanist.biz/>Transhumanist Arts & Culture
Advisory Committee, <http://www.pietronigro.com/zgac/>Zero Gravity Arts 

If you draw a circle in the sand and study only what's inside the circle, 
then that is a closed-system perspective. If you study what is inside the 
circle and everything outside the circle, then that is an open system 
perspective. - Buckminster Fuller

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