Sunday, 22 May 2011

Gardening with Julian Barbour 21.5.11

On the 21st of May, the group visited Julian Barbour, quantum physicist, at his home in the north of Oxfordshire.

We dove into various spaces of investigation on the nature of time and features of gravity while working with him in his delightful garden.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Talk at Birmingham University 10.5.11

Research Symposium:
Time Capsules and Conditions of Now

Tuesday 10 May 5.30 – 7.30pm

In a series of BIAD symposiums on interdisciplinary research; researchers, PhD and MA students are invited to a presentation by curator Fatos Ustek and artist/GP Vanda Playford in conversation with Ole Hagen on the notion of speculative research, collaboration and interdisciplinary experimentation.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Journey back, 30.4.11

Objects of Resemblance, Correspondance and Reflection by Fatos Ustek

On the train journey back to London, Fatos has distributed five envelopes specially accustomed to each participant carrying various selection of objects. She has asked from the receivers of the envelopes to reflect upon a possible relationship with the objects-contained, which have been collected by the universal consciousness during their retreat and channelled through a selection taken place beforehand. Upon a completing a narrative shared in the group, each could pick one of the objects and claim ownership.

Dhamma Dipa Vipassana Retreat 19-30.4

Between 19 - 30 April we attended a Vipassana Retreat at Dhamma Dipa, Hereford. For 10 days, we abstained from talking, stealing, killing, sexual conduct and lies - attaining Noble Silence - with a regularity of eating and meditating, we have studied the mastery of 'now'.

Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was rediscovered by Gotama Buddha more than 2500 years ago and was taught by him as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art Of Living.