Nora Bateson: Art as an Integrated Way of Knowing, Tate Modern, 2 October

I am delighted to be joining forces with Nora Bateson once again for the next meeting of the London Bateson Salon.  After our successful launch event at the Unicorn Theatre in May, Nora is back in town for another multi-disciplinary event of mind-stretching and discovery at Tate Modern on Tuesday 2 October 2012, 10am – 4pm.

“The major problems of the world are the difference between the way nature works and the way people think”– Gregory Bateson

Nora writes:  “The way we think has everything to do with the way we perceive. While our logical, rational frames of reference can only see small pieces of the larger patterns of our world, art provides leverage in our powers of perception by stretching us into new territories of knowing. There are levels of communication that only art can reach. We will spend the day at the Tate Museum viewing and discussing the multiple layers of interrelationships that are portrayed through art. Drawing from Gregory Bateson’s book, Steps to An Ecology of Mind, we will focus on the chapter called Style, Grace and Information in Primitive Art.

In all forms, art can offer an experience of integration that calls upon our cultural language of symbols, our imagination, our history, our intellect and our emotions. While we often portray the importance of “creative expression”, it is perhaps more vital at this moment in our history to explore what art offers toward the possibility that our perception itself can being brought into larger circuits of cognition through metaphor.

Aldous Huxley said,” The central problem for humanity is the quest for grace.” And Gregory Bateson offered that: “ …the problem of grace is fundamentally a problem of integration and what is to be integrated is the diverse parts of the mind–…”

Can art help us to see a bigger picture of our world?”

“If I could say it, I wouldn’t have to dance it.” –Isadora Duncan.

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