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