As Above, So Below: Gaia – The Story of Science
22 April 2023, 11:30 BST
Science Gallery, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9GU
With Sougwen Chung, Asad Raza and Gary Zhexi Zhang.
What are the legacies and utilities of Gaia theory within today's art, culture, technology and society? In this panel discussion, artists, technologists, curators and scientists reflect on the influence of Gaia theory on contemporary ideas and practices of collaboration, mutualism and sustainability. What new models of living can be developed that prioritise ecological stewardship and economic redistribution? How do Gaian ideas support human and other-than-human creativity and explorations of consciousness?
This panel discussion took place as part of AS ABOVE, SO BELOW. The event, coinciding with the launch of Gaia and Philosophy, draws inspiration from Lynn Margulis’ creative scientific vision to illuminate the interconnectedness of life, from microbial to planetary bodies. Taking place in the context of the climate emergency and coinciding with the publication of Gaia and Philosophy by Margulis and Dorion Sagan (Ignota, 2023), the programme explores the importance of Gaia theory – not only for understanding the emergence of past life and interconnectedness of human and other-than-human existence today, but to ask what possibilities Gaia offers for shaping our future.
Curated by Sarah Shin, co-founder of Ignota Books, in collaboration with Gaia Art Foundation and Science Gallery London. Media Partner: Tank
Video courtesy Science Gallery London.