S.Bergmann Workshop – Human Encounters with the World

Workshop – Spring 2014, Sweden or Germany.
Organized by Sigurd Bergmann, prof. dr. theol. Department of Archaeology and Religious Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Trondheim.

Six to eight philosophers, biologists, geographers, and theologians, will gather to discuss the human encounter with the world.  Exploring the creation of artifacts and works of meaning that re-imagine and re-interpret our sense of the world. Our perception of the world—our aesthetic engagement—provides the much-needed groundwork for understanding our physical, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual location. Insofar as perception is not mere reception, but equally an active engagement and possible transformation, we seek an aesth/ethics of nature and culture as an intertwining of both theory and practice.

Questions: How might the work of art facilitate our interpretation of the meaning of environments? If humans seek meaning, how do the arts provide a reflexive way of perceiving the meaning of the world? How can “the spiritual in art” invigorate our power to anticipate sustainable environments?

S.Read Seminar – Activating the gap between knowledge and imagination.

Seminar – 2013 April 23-25
Activating the gap between knowledge and imagination.
Organized by Simon Read, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Middlesex University, Sue Tapsell Principal Lecturer and Head of the Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University and Professor Chris Wainwright of Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts, London.

The event is an enquiry into the efficacy of current environmental change policy and reflects the need for a broader disciplinary spectrum in the policy development process. Collins and Goto will contribute to the first workshop,  then Collins will stay involved through the last three as well.  The workshops to explore the potential for the arts to enter into partnerships with:

  • scientists and flood risk and environmental management communities.
  • social science and cultural geography communities,
  • local, regional and national governmental organisations