Downloadable Audio Podcasts of Gentle Actions

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  23 October 2010
The Art of Looking Sideways: Reflections on the Art of Actions (opening seminar)

Gentle Action

David Peat
Size 10 Mb

Gentle Inter-Actions as Art

Boel Christensen Scheel
Size 5 Mb

Climate Change Stories

Alan Boldon
Size 5 Mb

Stirring the Compost: Eco-art Strategies for Resistance and Resilience

Beverly Naidus
Size 11 Mb

  The seed versus multinational monopolisation

Marianne Leisner, Landscape architect and author, Gaia Architects, Norway.
Linda Jolly, Biology and gardening teacher, course leader for Living Learning at the
Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Linda Jolly and Marianne Leisner 1
4 Mb

Linda Jolly and Marianne Leisner 2
28 Mb

  24 October 2010
A Dialogue on Beauty, with David Peat and Godelieve Spaas

Contemporary scientists often talk about ‘beauty’ and ‘elegance’; artists hardly ever do.
Siân Ede, Art and Science, 2005

What happens if we use beauty as a criterion for sustainability in life and work? Or in the triangle of economy, ecology, and community? F. David Peat and Godelieve Spaas invited a group of 15 people to participate in an experiment in the form of a five hour long dialogue on the topic of “Beauty” and its relationship to a sustainable environment and society. F. David Peat, of the Pari Center for New Learning, is a physicist and writer, Godelieve Spaas is an organization consultant, coach and researcher on new economies.
Art is “that what fits”; this is a way people in indigenous cultures may primarily approach the dynamics and outcome of artistic process. In a similar vein, contemporary artists are exploring how their actions can fit into a larger system and enlighten its potential beauty.
“Beauty” is not a word often used in art criticism today. Perhaps we could borrow from the sciences, where beauty or elegance is associated with great utility and a sense of the inevitable in the way in which ideas fit together and a new theory is created. What links could we pursue in this dialogue between science, the arts, the environment and the health of society as a whole?

Participants: Godelieve Spaas, F. David Peat, Alan Boldon, Pirkko Pohjakallio, Trine-Line Biong, Christian Valentiner, Henrik B. Tschudi, Heidi Nader, Arna Mathiesen, Janine Magelssen, Lise Bjorne Linnert, Marthe Sveen Edvardsen, Gerd Holmboe-Ottesen, Jan van Boeckel.

  A Dialogue on Beauty Part 1
Size 34 Mb

A Dialogue on Beauty Part 2
Size 25 Mb

A Dialogue on Beauty Part 3

Size 39 Mb

A Dialogue on Beauty Part 4
Size 39 Mb

4 November 2010
Climate Change Responses: The Gentle Action of the Trim Tab

Karen O'Brien
Size 10 Mb

  7 November 2010
Ecological Economics - Well-being and Sustainability

By Professor Ove Jakobsen, Professor Stig Ingebrigtsen and Associate Professor Øystein Nystad, Centre for Ecological Economics and Ethics, Bodø Graduate School of Business, Norway.

Podcast of the seminar 1 (in Norwegian)

Size 67 Mb

Podcast of the seminar 2 (in Norwegian)
Size 68 Mb

  7 November 2010
From Natural Sound to Music: What technology can do for us

Multiartist, author and philosopher David Rothenberg demonstrates how computer technology can slow down/speed up the sounds of the natural world and how this material can be turned into musical ideas.

Presentation David Rothenberg
Size 40 Mb


9 November 2010
Food as counterculture: Fermentation Revival

Teachings about the wonderful world of fermenting everything from cabbage and milk to cultural fermentations.

Sandor Ellix Katz
Size 26 Mb

Sandor Ellix Katz on kefir
Size 2 Mb

9 November 2010
The Music of Nature & The Language of Nature

Multi-artist, author and philosopher David Rothenberg discusses his work investigating the musical possibilities in the natural world, a project that began with his work twenty-five years ago as a protegé of Arne Næss in Oslo, and has continued in his writing, teaching and performing. Philosopher, cultural ecologist, and performance artist David Abram has written extensively on language as a power that belongs not only to humans but to the living landscape itself.

A dialogue between David Rothenberg and David Abram

Size 40 Mb




10 November 2010
Sandor Ellix Katz on sauerkraut
Size 16 Mb


10 November 2010
Do Whales Have Culture?

The undecoded “language“ of long finned pilot whales and killer whales, a preliminary report of studies from northern Norway, combined with Rothenberg’s work in the Pacific Northwest trying to make sense of the musicality of killer whales. What does it mean to say an animal species has culture? Different groups of killer whales eat different foods, have different group behavior, and make different
sounds. Why? Biologist and whale researcher Heike Vester in dialogue with multi-skilled artist, author and philosopher David Rothenberg.

Excerpt of discussion between Heike Vester and David Rothenberg
Size 5 Mb

Special whale sound recording Heike Vester
Size 3 Mb

10 November 2010
Becoming Animal, Deep Ecology and Radical Wonder

David Abram, philosopher, cultural ecologist, and performance artist, in dialogue with Per Ingvar Haukeland, eco-philosopher and author. There are dark and very difficult times ahead, for humankind and for the animate Earth. How can we transform ourselves and the culture around us with anything approaching the rapidity that is needed? Join two eco-philosophers in a conversation on some of the means and methods of cultural metamorphosis. We will ponder wild ethics and radical wonder, and whether a new shape of the Sacred is striving to be born at this teetering moment in the Earth’s unfolding.

 A dialogue between Per Ingvar Haukeland and David Abram
Size 54 Mb

11 November 2010

Whale encounters in history
Where humans and dolphins meet - communication will be manifested.
Oral folklore and rock art: stories about human and cetacean rendezvous in history.
A talk by physicist and whale-activist Rauno Lauhakangas

Size 21 Mb

Beluga do not believe in tears
Using music to try to communicate with the white beluga whales in the White Sea in Russian Karelia.
Rauno Lauhakangas and David Rothenberg recount their experiences

Size 16 Mb


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