Originally published at: https://www.metapsychosis.com/events/bateson-reading-group-2019-01-17/
Legend : GB=Gregory Bateson’s “Steps to an Ecology of Mind” ; NB=Nora Bateson’s “Small Arcs of Larger Circles”
GB: Culture Contact and Schismogenesis
NB: If you knew me well you would know that I would give you everything
NB: Breathable (poem)
Readers Underground participants:
Recorded 17 January 2019
After personal introductions and host Geoffrey Edwards’ introduction to the assigned readings, the group reflects on schismogenesis, Whitehead’s fallacy of misplaced concreteness; the individual vs systems thinking; political and ecological conundrums. Johnny later invites the group to dream and participants follow with an altered state of imaginative solutions.
0:01 Personal Introductions (with 1st time participants listed below) Doerte Weig - Barcelona; Australian hub of the Sense Lab (founded by Erin Manning and Brian Massumi); Anthropologist, familiar with Bateson Ryan Dexter - Edmonton, Alberta - Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies; unfamiliar with the Batesons
9:22 Geoffrey Introduces the assigned readings
23:15 BEGIN DISCUSSION on Schismogenesis (or the muddle and ways to progress in the muddle)
1:03:00 Question (Lucy) - What is the lineage of Bateson’s thought (one field applies to the many) in relation to Deleuze and Guattari (forcing one model into another)?
1:12:38 Family Dynamics (redux) as metaphor for nested recursive connections
1:18:47 Experiments and entering into altered states/alternate realities, imagination, residing within the pattern that connects
1:56:00 Geoffrey reads “Breatheable” and drops the Zoom mic
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