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An Ecology of Mind

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An Ecology of Mind 

Gregory Bateson

September 12, 2011

Kaufmann Theater, first floor

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$12; $6 students (with ID)

An Ecology of Mind is an intimate and personal portrait of Gregory Bateson, celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, and filmmaker. Directed by his daughter Nora Bateson, who will lead a discussion after the screening, this film includes footage from Bateson’s own films shot in the 1930s in Bali with Margaret Mead and in New Guinea along with photographs, filmed lectures, and interviews. Through contemporary interviews, and his words, Bateson reveals her father's practical approaches to the enormous challenges confronting the human race and the natural world.



Garbage Warrior

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About Garbage Warrior

Garbage WarriorWhat do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you’re renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing. For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony. However, these experimental structures that defy state standards create conflict between Reynolds and the authorities, who are backed by big business. Frustrated by antiquated legislation, Reynolds lobbies for the right to create a sustainable living test site. While politicians hum and ha, Mother Nature strikes, leaving communities devastated by tsunamis and hurricanes. Reynolds and his crew seize the opportunity to lend their pioneering skills to those who need it most. Shot over three years and in four countries, Garbage Warrior is a timely portrait of a determined visionary, a hero of the 21st century.

Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills.

Biotecture n. 1. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their sustainability. 2. A combination of biology and architecture.


The inspiration behind GARBAGE WARRIOR

After leaving school I trained as a product designer at Central St Martins School Of Art in London. For the next 12 years I worked in the feature film industry as a prop and model designer, and then moved on to head the department. This involved much creative work designing, drafting and building one-off props and model sets for films such as Star Wars, James Bond, Tombraider, and Judge Dredd. As head of department, I drafted in crews of up to 50 skilled artists and makers to satisfy the ongoing demands of directors such as Tim Burton and George Lucas. For me the glamour of working on such movies was always countered with the impossible task of being able to safely dispose of the films’ toxic waste after wrap, or an unsettling guilt from chartering huge cargo planes to deliver hundreds of tonnes of sets and props to locations such as the middle of the Tunisian desert. I became increasingly aware of the negative impact that the high budget feature film industry had on the environment, and I wanted to find an area of film-making that was ultimately more productive.  



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Featuring: John Steele
Directed by Vakasha Brenman

Following a 12-year exploration of sacred sites in the British Isles, John Steele developed his “archaeology of the mind”, a new science based on the ancient wisdom of Geomancy, our conscious interaction with the earth tradition which we inhabit and which gives us life. In the ancient tradition the earth itself was a living organism. Today we suffer from Geomantic Amnesia, forgetting that our planet is interactive with and responsive to consciousness.

In this video John Steele teaches us how we have come to forget who we are, how we can awaken, truly remember, and so change our lives. In fascinating detail he explains memory, time, Gaia, sacred geometry, the four great ages or yugas, the levels of consciousness, double forgetting and double remembering, and presents a unique project for heightening sensory and mental self-awareness through New Age Education.

John Steele was a visiting lecturer in Archaeology at the School of Environmental Studies, University of London. Co-founder with Paul Deveruex of the Dragon Project, a 10-year investigation of subtle earth energies, such as geomagnetism, radioactivity and ultrasonics, at sacred sites.





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Featuring: Paul Devereux, John Michell, Nigel Pennick, John Steele, Martin Brennan, Harry Oldfield
Directed by Vakasha Brenman

Why did the ancients build sacred sites around our planet circles, pyramids, henges, standing stones? Why did they make massive use of crystals? Constructs leys? Develop geomancy and use sacred geometry all over the world? These subjects are defined in this documentary film.

The world-renowned researchers and philosophers carrying on the pioneer work in Earth Mysteries in Britain are developing a new science – “Geosophy” – meaning “Earth Wisdom” from Gaia, the Greek goddess for earth, and Sophia, wisdom. They are rediscovering knowledge from the remote past, which can bring new understanding to modern problems, new knowledge of our planet earth and our relation to it.

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