What is the function of dreaming? To answer this “we then need to ask ‘what is the function of waking consciousness?’ To answer that question we need to know what waking consciousness is doing”. Dreaming is the most often occurring altered states of consciousness, yet its function remains unsolved. In this exclusive interview, Katja Valli discusses her research and work into the content, neural correlates and function of dreaming.
The magazine will feature exclusive interviews with artists, scientists, writers and creative thinkers.
In her latest book, ‘Mind Change’, Baroness Susan Greenfield discusses the all-pervading technologies that now surround us which, in her view, are creating a new environment, with vast implications, because our minds are physically adapting and are being rewired. In this exclusive interview, she discusses what this could mean and how can we harness, rather than be harnessed by, our new technological milieu to create better alternatives and more meaningful lives. ‘Mind Change’ is intended to incite debate as well as yield a way forward.
For many years, Andrew Stone (Lord Stone of Blackheath) has been both personally involved in exploring the interconnections of art, science and spirituality. In this exclusive interview, he discusses both his own personal journey and his work with people and organisations, that involves a way of looking and understanding the world, which combines the perspectives of art, science and spirituality.
The history of modern art has generally been understood as a grand leap away from tradition, religion, and conventional norms, yielding decidedly secular art. Yet a majority of the prominent modern artists in every period had strong interests in the spiritual dimension of life. In this exclusive interview, Charlene Spretnak discusses her latest book, ‘The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art’, which draws on direct statements by scores of leading artists to demonstrate that spirituality, far from being inconsequential in the terrain of modern art, is generative.
Zara Houshmand is an Iranian-American writer. Her work has ranged from modern Iranian theater to traditional Balinese puppetry, from virtual reality as an art form to literary translation. She has worked with the Mind and Life Institute for almost twenty years as an editor for books representing its dialogues between scientists and the Dalai Lama. In this exclusive interview she discusses her work as a poet, writer and editor.
“From my own point of view, the most important thing about modern spirituality, as opposed to traditional faith communities or what you might call ‘old spirituality’, is that it’s ‘person centred’. By that I mean looking to see what works for every individual.” William Bloom is one of Britain’s leading authors and educators in modern spirituality and a holistic approach to individual and community wellbeing. In this exclusive interview he discusses his ideas and work, and it means to be ‘person centred’.
“Anything I do should be able to facilitate real progress of the human kind…That is why I consider following science and communicating it as the top most priorities in my life”. Artist, poet, scientist and writer, Krishna Kumari Challa, communicates science through art and literature. In this exclusive interview she discusses her art and work.
Unseen: The Lives of Looking’ is Dryden Goodwin’s first feature-length essay film. The film focuses on four individuals, each with a distinct relationship to looking – an eye surgeon, a planetary explorer, a human rights lawyer and an artist/filmmaker. Told through Goodwin’s closely observed drawings, camera work and multilayered soundtrack, the film explores different scales, forms and reasons for looking, in a poetic and metaphysically charged journey.
Pascale’s work attempts to capture the point where art and science meld. An alchemist at heart, her work begins with observation and experimentation but is however steeped in solid scientific research and findings. Her inspiration is drawn from observing the internal and external human body in all its diversity, life and nature in all its beauty, strength, fragility, disease, mortality, immortality and death. New technologies and philosophies , quantum physics, nano technology, animatronics are amongst her interest and are important in her work.
If in the future, the possibility of face-to-face communication becomes less widely used and written communication becomes crystallized in a series of immutable forms, humans will lose the empathic abilities that today are, in part, reproduced by emoji and emoticons. TRANSICONMORPHOSIS is an interactive artwork that proposes an ambiguous and experimental communication system for the near future, the result of a theoretical reflection on the development of new forms of technological communication, their effects on human beings, as well as their political effects.