The Cosmic Brains Round Tables are a three day series of roundtable discussions taking place within the Cosmic Brains workshop. These discussions will feature key speakers in conversation with a group of invited thought leaders, guests and citizens. The goal of these sessions is to foster an immersive, informal and evolving series of conversations around the guests’ work in progress, and to maintain several days of sustained exchanges leading to the public symposium on 25.11.23 to conclude the week.
SESSION #01 - Synthetic Minds, Cosmic Brains
21.11.23 [16.00 - 19.30]
Participants: Peter Watts leads the roundtable, with Julieta Aranda and Ed Keller participating. David Roden and Bani Brusadin will join in person. Sara Walker and Michael Garfield will join via ZOOM.
Our first panel launches the week’s workshop and roundtable discussions. Selected topics will include models of cosmological mind explored in Peter Watts’ novels Blindsight and Echopraxia; gestural ecology in Biswas Mellamphy’s work on Herbert’s Dune; and Lem’s Summa Technologiae and His Master’s Voice as engaged by Julieta Aranda’s work as an artist and curator/theorist/historian.
SESSION #02 - Synthetic Minds, Universal Gestures: Concurrency, Embodiment, Synaesthesia
22.11.23 [16.00 - 19.30]
Participants: Nandita Biswas Mellamphy leads the roundtable, David Roden, Elliott Sharp, Ed Keller, Peter Watts and Julieta Aranda join in person, and Gabriel Montes, Alvaro Domene and Troy Therrien join via ZOOM.
Our second session continues with presentations and discussion on gestural ecologies; language, the evolutionary pressures on intelligence; soundscapes and music; multi-modal information flow and ecosystem models of mind. Lead by Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, professor and author, investigating the intersection of Political Theory, Continental Philosophy and Media Theory, focusing on the political dimensions of the contemporary neurosciences, techno-sciences and—in addition—works of speculative science-fiction.
SESSION #03 - Synthetic Minds, Universal Gestures: Alignment, Microworlds and Pocket Universes
23.11.23 [16.00 - 19.30]
Participants: Julieta Aranda leads the roundtable. Peter Watts, Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, Ed Keller, David Roden join in person. Ben Goertzel, Carla Leitao and Troy Therrien join via ZOOM.
The third session will continue with a discussion on the temporality of language, computation and cognition, and will engage with the core concepts of alignment and the microworld/pocket universe. If alignment is not possible, what might be the cosmopolitical alternatives enabled by only partial, gestural communication? Lead by Julieta Aranda, an artist and editor interested in composing sensorial encounters with the nature of time and speculative literature.
This sessions will take place at the Aulario at Matadero Madrid. Alternatively, zoom access will be available for those who cannot make it in person, however there will be no Q&A or interaction facilitated online.
Due to limited space, sign up is required to attend the round tables: