[extropy-chat] NEWS: "Reviewing the Future" Summit 2007 Montreal April 19-22

Natasha Vita-More natasha at natasha.cc
Mon Mar 26 16:15:47 UTC 2007

I'd like to invite you to the first International Planetary Collegium 
Summit.  Please read below:

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 
artistic 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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