Thursday, 7 May 2009

extraordinary voyages in strange times

I've been voyaging in the hinterlands of reality for a couple of months engaging in a new and, of course, subversively ungenreable activity. All I can say is that the "Swine Flu/H1N1" pandemic arrived very synchronicitously with my latest venture which involves apocalyptic activity as a core theme;-)

I will launch details of this in the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime wanted to mention a few meetings and connections you may be interested in.

Last week I had a drink with the internationally respected media curator and digital artist Honor Harger who was here on a flying visit with her partner Patrick. (I met Honor when she attended Luminous Green in Singapore)

Honor is most famous for Radioqualia, which broke new ground in transdisciplinary practice by using broadcasting techniques to create new artistic forms and illuminate abstract ideas.

Her partner Patrick J. Gyger, is the Directeur-conservateur of the Maison d' Ailleurs - the Museum of Science Fiction, Utopia and Extraordinary Voyages. This fabulous sounding Museum holds exhibitions, educational seminars, and events that illustrate the science behind popular fantasy and science fiction themes. This is not a prop museum for Star Trek memorabilia, but a location for academic research and exchange in the areas of science, literature and art. Jules Verne of course features prominently, but so do other authors and artists who have invented worlds, and taken us on journeys using a number of different mediums. Take a look at the site to see some of their latest exhibitions.

Today Rod Oram was guest speaker at the business school where I regularly lecture. He delivered a stunning presentation on the opportunities arising from our current economic crisis and the latest ideas around sustainable business practice. If you can get the chance to read his material or hear him speak I strongly recommend it. His quick wit, intellectual breadth, and his ability to be right on the pulse of emerging trends makes him one of the most influential and well respected thinkers in NZ today.

Finally, Bill McKibben, author, educator and environmentalist has been on a whirlwind tour of NZ. I heard him talk at Waitakere City Council who kindly hosted his West Auckland presentation. The website has details of how to get involved in what is fast becoming the leading global campaign attempting to influence the Copenhagen Climate Change summit that is taking place this December. If ever there was an issue that required cross boundary cooperation this is it! And 350 has already produced a number of innovative and creative initiatives. Take a look at these here

Be back soon with more news;-)

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