The role of the artist is to find deep personal experiences and ways of relating and share them with others. It’s to be the mirror that much of our society – with its constant consumer blitz – is not.
Scott Draves is the brains behind the crowdsourced
iterative screensaver known as the Electric Sheep, a continually
evolving abstract animation with over 450,000 participants. Individual Sheep animations are voted on by
participants; the more popular sheep live longer and reproduce
according to a genetic algorithm with mutation and cross-over.
Over the weekend of October 14-16, 2012, "Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics" — the longest-running
psychedelics conference in the United States — will convene in New York
City for its sixth year. In anticipation of this reunion of intellects,
I sat down for a conversation with Neal Goldsmith, the conference's
emcee and speaker curator.
Lucidity is an ongoing "web saga" that follows Jason and George — alter-egos of creators Sean Oliver and Danny Torgersen — on their exploration of lucid dreaming and alternate levels of consciousness. I recently talked with Sean and Danny about how this zero-budget, volunteer-based venture got off the ground, how it works, and where it’s headed next.
Jason Silva is a dynamic "performance philosopher" and techno-optimist whose eclectic, scientific-philosophical-literary discourse
remixes the likes of Buckminster Fuller, Marshall McLuhan, Carl
Sagan, and Timothy Leary into equal parts non-fiction and poetry. I recently talked to Jason about his most recent work and his plans for the future.