How can you define consciousness? In his article, F David Peat looks to art and music for answers and explores how consciousness may not limited to the mind, but the physicality of the entire body. Drawing on the personal experiences from artists and musicians such as Anish Kapoor and Michael Tippet to the physicist David Bohm, he explores how the creative process resembles an alchemical cycle whereby creative ‘gold’ is generated from the mind and the body.
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Biological information is not only instructional but also has to do with ‘valued’ and ‘significant’ information, which puts the receiver in the centre of interest. Bernd-Olaf Küppers, Professor of Natural Sciences, offers a distinct naturalistic view about how crucial semantic levels of information might emerge via evolutionary processes.
In our contemporary neurobiology and much of the philosophy of mind post Descartes we are classical physics machines and either mindless, or mind is at best epiphenomenal and can have no consequences for the physical world. In this article, renowned scientist and thinker, Stuart Kauffman, discuss a large, interwoven set of topics. Much of what he says is highly speculative, some is testable, some is, at present, surely not. It is, he hopes, useful, to set these ideas forth for our consideration.
Does nature process quantum information whenever a physical system evolves? In this article, Seth Lloyd uses the concept of quantum information science as the basis for an entire world view, declaring that the universe as a whole is a gigantic quantum computer.
Between stillness and movement, absorption and play; between being utterly ’in the moment’ and on the brink of imminent, inescapable change, Dryden Goodwin’s film ‘Poised’ provides multiple meanings.
More than any other artist of the modern era, the work of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) has shifted how art is understood. His views have altered not only the way art is made, but also the way it is presented to and experienced by the public, erasing the barrier between art and life, and integrating art into the real world. Jacquelynn Baas discusses his work and ideas in relation to contemporary artists.
“Dialogue is not to communicate. It is much deeper. It addresses the blocks in communication, not merely to understand them, but to meet them directly” (David Bohm). In this article, Marina Wallace, Director of Artakt, discusses the new art&science collaborations in the project MitoSys: Lens on Life.
Lalla Essaydi, a Moroccan-born, Paris-trained artist, created the Converging Territories series as a means of examining the culture in which she grew up from the Western position she now occupies. “In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses as artist, as Moroccan, as Saudi, as traditionalist, as liberal, as Muslim. In short, I invite viewers to resist stereotypes.”
“Rather than rely on our raw natural thinking processes, we can utilize disciplined and controlled thinking styles and tools that channel our thinking processes for enhancing creative thought”. Murray Hunter discusses creativity as an undervalued skill that anyone can cultivate, one that crosses disciplines.
Much of the work of Susan Derges revolves around the creation of visual metaphors exploring the relationship between the self and nature. Recently she has begun working in the studio combining analog and digital techniques to create new forms and perspectives hitherto impossible to capture.