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Please join The Commonwealth Club of California and UC Berkeley’s Townsend Center for the Humanities for the second in a series of dialogues on catastrophe, storytelling and the present moment. In “Climate Change and Sacred Groves,” Townsend Center scholar Sugata Ray will meet with visual artist Ranu Mukherjee to investigate the relationship between the natural world and the sacred realm, especially as it has developed in India over the last several centuries of civilization and the rise of the Anthropocene era.
In his most recent book, Climate Change and the Art of Devotion, Sugata shows how a site-specific and ecologically grounded theology emerged in northern India in the wake of the Little Ice Age (ca. 1550–1850), an epoch marked by climatic catastrophes across the globe. His interests dovetail in unexpected and compelling ways with Ranu’s visionary and captivating recent work, which positions the banyan tree as a meeting point between ecology and culture. Their conversation will be an opportunity for viewers to contemplate and rethink the role of art as it relates to contemporary concerns around climate, disease, human flourishing and the sacred.
Sugata Ray is associate professor of South and Southeast Asian art in the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley. His research and writing focus on climate change and the visual arts from the 1500s onward. Ray is the author of Climate Change and the Art of Devotion: Geoaesthetics in the Land of Krishna, 1550–1850 (2019); Water Histories of South Asia: The Materiality of Liquescence (2019; coedited); and Ecologies, Aesthetics, and Histories of Art (forthcoming; coedited).
Ranu Mukherjee is a visual artist who makes paintings, animations and large-scale installations. Her current work focuses on shifting senses of ecology, non-human agency, diaspora, migration and transnational feminist experience. Her most recent installation was presented at the ecologically focused 2019 Karachi Biennale; she has exhibited solo at the San Jose Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Asian Art Museum, and the de Young Museum. She is an associate professor in graduate fine art at the California College of the Arts. Mukherjee is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris.
Artwork from The Met (in public domain): "Krishna and Balarama by a River: Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Vishnu)"
Part one in this series, “The Book of Exodus,” can be viewed here
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For more about the Overview Effect and astronauts experiences please check out OVERVIEW (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDfEnKcHBSc) and PLANETARY, now available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/planetary/id1058246189
The Association of Space Explorers reached out to their fellow astronauts to pass on a simple message of solidarity, hope and collaboration to combat climate change and reach our political leaders during such a crucial time.
Astronaut Ernst Messerschmid, Ph.D – Space Shuttle
Astronaut Soichi Noguchi – Space Shuttle, Soyuz, ISS
Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki – Space Shuttle
Astronaut Wubbo Ockels, Ph.D – Space Shuttle, 1st Dutch Citizen in Space
Astronaut Scott Kelly - Space Shuttle, Soyuz, ISS
Astronaut Kjell Lindgren, MD - Soyuz, ISS
Astronaut Piers Sellers, Ph.D – Space Shuttle, NASA Climate Scientist
Astronaut Greg Linteris, Ph.D – Space Shuttle
Astronaut Ron Garan – Space Shuttle, Soyuz, ISS
Astronaut Jerry Carr – Skylab
Astronaut Nicole Stott – Space Shuttle, ISS
Astronaut Loren Acton, Ph.D – Space Shuttle
Astronaut Mary Cleave, Ph.D – Space Shuttle
Astronaut Dan Barry, Ph.D – Space Shuttle
Astronaut Bobby Satcher, Ph.D, MD – Space Shuttle
Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria – Space Shuttle, Soyuz, ISS, US Spacewalk Record Holder
Cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma – Soyuz, 1st Indian Citizen in Space
Astronaut Pedro Duque – Space Shuttle, Soyuz, 1st Spanish Citizen in Space
The video was produced by astronaut Ron Garan and Planetary Collective in association with Daria Lopez-Alegria of Space Bridges and edited by Steve Watts Kennedy. Planetary Collective is the award winning filmmaker behind the short film Overview, the groundbreaking full-length feature documentary Planetary, and the upcoming space documentary Orbital.
Special thanks to the Association of Space Explorers
Music by The Human Suits
Space footage from NASA and ESA
Published on Oct 18, 2015
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Our planet is a beautiful and awesome place. In a new video, join NASA scientists on a 40-minute visual tour of Earth from space, presented at the IMAX Theater at National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. on September 10.
"Vital Signs: Taking the Pulse of Our Planet" was the theme for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's fifteenth installment of its annual lecture and reception sponsored by the Maryland Space Business Roundtable. Published on Oct 23, 2014
Earth is a complex, dynamic system we do not yet fully understand. Like the human body, the Earth system comprises diverse components that interact in complex ways.
On this global tour, scientists lead the viewer through Earth's water cycle, forests and frozen regions as seen through the eyes of NASA's Earth observing satellite fleet. They share a story of how we can make life better today and into the future.
NASA's Earth science program aims to develop a greater understanding of Earth's system and its response to natural or human-induced changes, and to improve predictions of climate, weather and natural disasters.
The lecture features:
Lennard Fisk, Ph.D, Distinguished University Professor of Space Science, University of Michigan
Gail Skofronick-Jackson, Ph.D, Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on THE WATER CYCLE
Thorsten Markus, Ph.D Project Scientist for Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2)
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on SEA ICE
Lola Fatoyinbo-Agueh, Ph.D, Principal Investigator, (Eco-Synthetic Aperture Radar) (EcoSAR)
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, LAND AND EARTH
Piers Sellers, Deputy Director, Science and Exploration Directorate, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, THE BIG PICTURE
Documentary of one of the great philosphers of the 20th Century, an epistemologist - anthropologist.Uploaded on Dec 25, 2010
Gregory Bateson [1904 - 1980] - Anthropologist, Social Scientist, Cyberneticist - known as Gregory– was one of the most
important social scientists of this century. Strongly opposing those scientists who attempted to ‘reduce’
everything to mere matter, he was intent upon the task of re-introducing ‘Mind’ back into the scientific
equations -writing two famous books Steps to an Ecology of Mind, and Mind & Nature as part of this task.
From his point of view Mind is a constituent part of ‘material reality’ and it is thus nonsensical to try to split
mind from matter. Before being championed by the counter-culture of the 1960’s Bateson had been busy
in the 20’s and 30’s as an anthropologist in Bali, and in helping to found the science of cybernetics among
many other things. Adopted by many thinkers in the anti-psychiatry movement because he provided a
model and a new epistemology for developing a novel understanding of human madness, and also for
his invention of the theory of the double bind.
Pioneers Nitin Desai, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Bill Ford, Yolanda Kakabadse, Maurice Strong, Jim MacNeill, and Achim Steiner , highlight the historic nature of the original Rio Earth Summit, while acknowledging its shortcomings. Rio+20 takes place in June 2012.
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