[-empyre-] Aside: Planetary Consciousness and the Arts
Given recent discussions on empyre I thought this may be of interest
(from the olats list - details below):
Space: Planetary Consciousness and the Arts
9th Workshop and Symposium on Space and the Arts
May 19-21, 2005
First Announcement and Call for Papers
"Space: Planetary Consciousness and the Arts" is
the theme of the 9th workshop and symposium on
space and the arts which is being co-organized by
the O.U.R.S. Foundation, Leonardo/Olats, Maison
d'Ailleurs and the International Academy of
Astronautics (IAA) and its Commission VI. It is
scheduled to be held at the Château and Museum of
Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland from 19-21 May
The idea of 'Planetary Consciousness' is directly
associated with the famous image of the 'Whole
Earth' taken by the Apollo astronauts - our home
planet as an island of life floating against the
vast blackness of the cosmos. This image has
since become a universally embraced symbol used
equally by the environmental and globalization
movements that dominate society today. On a
fundamental level it directly reflects upon the
interconnectedness and interdependence of all
life on Earth and the Universe.
Scientists have focused their space technologies
on the planet and have begun an extensive
monitoring of the state of its well being. Not
only are environmental and ecological changes and
developments being scrutinized and analyzed on an
ongoing basis but human affairs such as political
and military developments are being monitored
from space as well. Space technologies have also
catalyzed a radical expansion of our species'
abilities to communicate, exchange and access
information and this is having an exponential
impact on its collective knowledge base.
Looking outward, space science has discovered
that the essential ingredients of life, as well
as places that are potentially suitable for its
development, are very widely distributed
throughout the cosmos. As such, we are coming to
the realization that the Earth - and all life
that inhabits it - is part of a much larger
cosmic environment and that life here is subject
to changes and fluctuations that may occur many
light years away.
Philosophy has raised the issue of the Earth as a
whole "object" and our ability - or inability -
to embrace and understand in its 'globalness' as
something that is much bigger than our species.
In today's philosophy, the work of Peter
Sloterdijk reworks this fundamental issue and
takes it in a new direction. Phenomenology, as
seen in the work of Don Idhe, also reworks these
notions under the new situation brought by
communication and space technologies.
In the late 60's, theoreticians, like Marshall
McLuhan and Buckminster Fuller have proposed
visions of this "global unique earth", through
the 'Global Village' for McLuhan and the
'Spaceship Earth' notion for Buckminster Fuller.
In the 1970's James Lovelock introduced the
'Gaia' theory that speculates that the Earth
behaves as if it were a "superorganism", made up
from all the living things and from their
material environment. These ideas are being much
discussed today, revised and pushed further by a
new generation of theoreticians and artists alike.
The artists have been the ones who shaped
aesthetics perception and approach to the
theories and ways of thinking that have been
generated or enhanced by the new technological
tools and scientific discoveries. They range from
the "aesthetics of communication" (Roy Ascott,
Fred Forest) to some of today's net and
environmental art, from artists who "painted" the
Earth (Verame) to space artists (Pierre Comte,
Tom van Sant) and to today's locative media
Thus, the exploration of the cosmos and the
examination of our planet from the perspective of
space that began in earnest some fifty years ago
is leading humanity to a new understanding of its
place and purpose in the evolution of life on and
beyond the Earth.
The "Space: Planetary Consciousness and the Arts"
workshop and symposium invites presentations from
scientists, engineers, technologists,
environmentalists, artists, writers, journalists,
art critics, curators and philosophers to come
together and exchange their views about how their
research and their work addresses these topics.
The Workshop & Symposium on "Space: Planetary
Consciousness and the Arts" aims to:
- provide a platform where ideas relating to the
interaction between space science, environmental
science, philosophy and the arts can be discussed
- provide an environment where people, especially
artists and other "culture professionals"
together with space and planetary scientists can
exchange ideas and projects about planetary
consciousness from the perspective of their
unique backgrounds, education and experiences
- provide a meeting place where space, art and
environmental projects can emerge and new teams
and partnerships can be built
- nurture a domain of space activities that is
becoming more recognized in both the space
community and in the mainstream art world
- disseminate the ideas and projects by publicizing the results of the event
Submission of Abstracts
Participation in the workshop will be limited to
a maximum of 25 persons and participants will be
selected upon review of abstracts of
presentations proposed for the workshop.
Abstracts, limited to one A4 page should be
submitted via the online form available on the
Maison d'Ailleurs website (December 2004) or
sent directly to: email@example.com
The abstract should be in English and include:
- Workshop name
- Title of presentation
- Name and affiliation of authors
- Full contact details of presenting author,
including postal and e-mail addresses, phone and
- A short (maximum two paragraphs) personal biographical text
The deadline for abstract submission is February 28, 2005.
Following acceptance a complete paper will be
required and the author(s) will be invited to
register for the event.
28 February 2005 - Deadline for abstracts
31 March 2005 - Notification of acceptance
20 April 2005 - Preliminary programme
7 May 2005 - Deadline for papers
19-21 May 2005 - Workshop & Symposium
Workshop & Symposium Topics
Presentations can be about any aspect or issue
related to "Space: Planetary Consciousness and
the Arts". Since the scope of the Workshop is
large, potential authors might like to consider
submitting abstracts for papers addressing such
- the impact of space exploration on the arts and vice versa
- the impact of space science on the environmental consciousness
- the role of arts in expressing planetary consciousness
- the ethical aspects of space exploration and planetary responsibility
- the impact of space exploration on philosophy and vice versa
- synergies between the arts, environmental and space communities
- the interaction between space, arts and the public
- using the arts to explore and comprehend space
Authors need not, of course, limit themselves to these topics.
Arthur Woods (OURS Foundation)
Annick Bureaud (Leonardo/Olats)
Roger Malina (International Academy of Astronautics)
David Raitt (ESA)
Patrick Gyger, (Maison d'Ailleurs)
The Workshop and Symposium will begin with a
Welcome Event on Thursday evening 19 May 2005.
The two-day formal workshop and symposium will
take place in the Château d'Yverdon on 20-21 May
2005 and will consist of oral presentations from
both invited and contributing speakers. One
half-day session will be open to the general
There will be no charge for participation in the
workshop. Participation in the workshop will be
limited to 25 persons. Only one author per
presentation will be eligible to participate in
the workshop unless special arrangements for
joint presentations have been made in advance.
Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of each participant.
The "Space: Planetary Consciousness and the Arts"
Workshop & Symposium will be held in the
picturesque city of Yverdon-les-Bains and
conducted in the 13th-century castle in the heart
of town (http://www.ylb.ch).
The event will take place the context of the
"Science ET cité" festival
This important festival is held every 4 years in
several cities in Switzerland. Participants to
the workshop will have the opportunity to attend
many events (exhibitions, plays, panels) in
Lausanne, Geneva, Neuchâtel and Yverdon-les Bains.
In Yverdon-les-Bains associated activities include, among others:
- an exhibition at Maison d'Ailleurs (http://www.ailleurs.ch)
- the European World Contest for autonomous Robot
- a theatre play having humans and robots
A list of reasonably priced hotels will be sent
to all participants that are accepted.
Any questions concerning the "Space: Planetary
Consciousness and the Arts" workshop and
symposium should be sent to:
Under the title "Rencontres du 13 avril" a series
of small, one-day Workshops on Space and the Arts
was co-organized by Leonardo/Olats, the OURS
Foundation and the International Academy for
Astronautics between the years 1997 and 2002.
Held in Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb near
Paris, these workshops attracted leading space
scientists, engineers and artists on specific
themes chosen to generate exchanges between
artists and scientists concerning the cultural
impact of space activities.
In 2004 the Workshop became nomadic and is taking
places in an expanded form at different locations
The different topics of the past seven workshops have been:
1997 April 13 - "The Artists as Space Explorers"
1998 March 25 - "Space Art / Earth Art"
1999 March 21 - "Cultural Perspectives on Space"
2000 March 26 - "Life in Space"
2001 March 25 - "Outer Space - Cyber Space"
2002 March 17 - "The Collaborative Process in Space Art"
2004 May 19-21 -"Space: Science, Technology and the Arts"
March 16-19, 2005 - "The Impact of Space on
Society: Cultural Aspects" (Budapest)
The documentation about each past workshop is
online on the Leonardo/Olats web site at
Annick Bureaud (firstname.lastname@example.org)
tel/fax : 33/ (0)143 20 92 23
mobile : 33/ (0)6 86 77 65 76
Leonardo/Olats : http://www.olats.org
IDEA online : http://nunc.com
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