In Other Tongues: creating metaphysics, embodying language

June 7-9 2017 [Residential Short Course June 10-14]

Venue: Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EA, UK


Our next international conference and summit is In Other Tongues to be held June 7-9 2017 at Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL, UK.  This event is produced by, a family of artists and organisations focussing on the contemporary arts and the world around us.

Later this month, the programme will be announced here. The summit is followed by a residential short course at Dartington, from June 10-14.

Our understanding of the world around us has been a constantly-shifting thing. We have always sought to explain natural phenomena we can’t understand and to use myth, ritual and religion to add structure and narrative to this most complex and puzzling place. More recently, as our scientific understanding of the world evolved and its tenets ever more culturally dominant, we fought to dismiss superstition and myth, confident in our new knowledges and delighted with our infinite ability to understand the ineffable.

Artists never entirely succumbed; some doubtless eschewed enchantment and sentiment –– deliberately ‘courting meaninglessness’ (Gablik 1991) and consciously devoid of soul; but art almost always works with visceral knowledge. The best, the most profound art and science help us touch, taste, feel and smell new understanding.

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