Art — May 20, 2011
Quantum Jazz Biology, Medicine & Art
A prestigious group of avant garde scientists and artists — Mae-Wan Ho, Jim Oschman, Peter Fisher, Edward Cowie, Heather Cowie, Michele Kappeli, Julian Voss-Andreae and others — recently transformed a wholefoods factory overnight into an art gallery and music/lecture hall to recover beauty and truth in science and art for the public good.
The theme of the event, which took place over the weekend 26-27 March 2011, was Quantum jazz, the sublime aesthetics of quantum coherence in living organisms and the living universe. This short video features some of the presenters and their art. Kudos to Mae Wan Ho for putting together this first-of-its-kind event.
Event Producer and Director Mae-Wan Ho is a geneticist known for her critical views on genetic engineering. Ho is the director of the The Institute of Science in Society (ISIS), an interest group that campaigns against what it sees as unethical uses of biotechnology.
Installation of exhibits: Natasha Lawless, Eva Sirinathsinghji, Matt Poon, Li Poon, Michele Kappeli, Heather Cowie, Julian Voss Andreae, Peter Saunders, Adrian Ho
Artists featured: Li Poon, Kathy Haffegee, Michele Kappeli, Edward Cowie, Heather Cowie, Julian Voss-Andreae, Jade Ho, Jasmine Ho, Mae-Wan Ho, Helga Kreuzritter, JR Jacques, Chief Z. O. Oloruntoba, NiWavy Gravy, Romel Balan, Pyas, Antilhomme, Unknown street artists
Scientists & other speakers: Mae-Wan Ho, Jim Oschmann, Peter Fisher, Michele Kappeli, Edward Cowie, Michael Meacher, Alex Smith, Heather Cowie, Julian Voss-Andreae, Peter Saunders
Sponsors: Salvia Foundation, Third World Network, Alara Wholefoods, Yoko Civilisation Research Institute, Royal Academy, London college of Communications, University of the Arts, London.
Film & interviews: Jerome Monnot, Sebastian Rabas
Music: Rambling River by Steve Glotzer
Dr. Ho has written a very important book that addresses in understandable language the threat posed by the alliance of corporations and technologists. Ho attacks shoddy science put to the use of corporate profit and shows that the potential threat of this poorly controlled technology is enormous. The fact that corporations based in the industrial north can exclusively patent and control native plants that have existed for millenia under new laws is an appalling fact that could potentially turn all societies into forced consumers of corporately owned products that were previously freely available to all.