Self As City, City As Self – Burning Man 2010

by Michael Garfield

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I gave this lecture at Burning Man Festival's Entheon Village as part of their 2010 symposium on sustainability and community. Entheon's focus on visionary art and psychedelic conversation, and Burning Man (aka Black Rock City)'s dedication to the city as collaborative creative play, made it obvious to me that the year's art theme, "Metropolis," called for a talk on the many ways that individual and collective are intertwined...

This is a whirlwind tour of concepts from evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, philosophy, architecture, and art that - taken together - point us toward a new understanding of the self as a multitude and our communities as living, sentient beings.

(Transcription in .docx format bundled with the download, so you can read along...)

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me - and thanks for listening...

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(live painting timelapse narrated with clips from this talk):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3t80mM2858

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Free-roaming talks on evolution, mind, technology, and soul that show the islands of experience to be the underwater continent they are – reminding us that everything is equally art, science, and spiritual practice.

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