Artist, educator, and hybrid playwright, Coni Koepfinger believes truly creative energy is never lost- it just changes hands and hearts. Koepfinger is an avid supporter of the singularity of technological transformation, realizing that art has always had a vital role in the development of society, it now can exponentially increase its effect via tech advance. After years of teaching writing at Carnegie Mellon and other universities, she is now the Associate Director and Playwright-in-Residence of Manhattan’s The Spiral Studio Theatre. Notable publications include Coffeehouse Magik , Garrett, the Blue Giraffe, Candledancing, Unspoken Acts, Choir Practice, Sleeping with Destiny and The Guardian in an international anthology along with a variety of children’s plays, books and musical commissions. Koepfinger is on the Board of Directors of ICWP / International Centre for Women Playwrights, the Media & Arts Advisory Board of The Lifeboat Foundation, LPTW / League of Professional Women in Theatre and a full member of The Dramatists Guild. Work on the horizon includes her new musical SINGULARITY with Joe Izen and Joe Kelly that explores the impact of technology and THE EVE OF BELTANE with Joe Izen premiering at The Dramatists Guild this April. Also coming soon is the commission of TURBULENCE by the highly acclaimed Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts slated for performance in July 2014 and her short play Get the Message, has been just selected as a semi-finalist in our 2014 Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Project.
Robert R. Rhodes – Bio While pursuing a doctorate in Physics (with a specialization in Cosmic Ray Physics), I discovered the fun of computer programming for scientific research; in the mid-1970s, this was becoming a much sought-after skill, and lucrative as well – so I added Systems Science as a minor to my graduate program, and saw my GPA rise to 4.0 in the Systems Science courses I took – realizing that my innate skills exceeded any near-term professional demand in this new field, I immediately shifted my career direction to align with this exploding market. For a few years I excelled at the HOW of programming, for geophysicists and ground mission control for satellites, but I really wanted to know the WHY behind the code: so I pursued a system engineering role where I wrote formal specs and algorithms for programmers, where my graduate-level education was essential to understanding “satellite science” (the sister of “rocket science”). Over the 30 years of my career, I would shift my professional focus from system engineer to contract negotiator to network architect to business analyst; each job shift would give me a broader perspective on both technological trends and human needs that could now be addressed. You can plow through an in-depth review of my career activities and associations here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/telkinetikllc I am focusing my explorations on a new science: Neurophysics. I have ever been fascinated by the mind’s inner workings, and I am delighted to discover new theories and experiments in neuroscience every day now, just in time for my explorations. Anticipating the arrival of Kurzweil’s singularity about 2045, I am engaging with scientists and artists alike to see how we can wake the collective consciousness of humanity to futures we, at present, can dimly imagine. Therefore, I participate in worldwide discussions held by online groups – here’s my current list of facebook groups where my musings can be viewed: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2204995088/ CONSCIOUSNESS STUDIES https://www.facebook.com/groups/consciousness.studies/ THE BRAIN CAFE https://www.facebook.com/groups/thebraincafe/ EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY https://www.facebook.com/groups/52551573343/ STANFORD TRANSHUMANISTS https://www.facebook.com/groups/stanfordtranshumanists/ SINGULARITY NETWORK https://www.facebook.com/groups/techsingularity/ For a more focused discussion, you can also ask me questions directly (and others with professional qualifications) here: http://www.quora.com/Robert-Rhodes-5/ See my daily discoveries and musings about anything in the universe at: https://twitter.com/Memera This page below is a constant feed of new developments provided by my own personal research staff (as I like to think of them): https://www.facebook.com/robert.rhodes.16100 My friend connections on this page are truly the most prolific investigators I have ever met. Finally, the brand new website memera.net (future, no pages up just yet) will be my new research / corporate vehicle which I will develop in the near future as the online reference library for my exploratory research, ongoing projects, service offerings, and collaboration enabler. Probable focus areas on the memera website will be: consciousness theories, cognitive science, machine (aka “artificial”) intelligence, and artistic / musical / theatrical / cinema collaborations. – HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY FIT INTO THE GRAND SCHEME OF YOUR LIFE? Growing up right after World War II, I always regarded the timing of my life as most fortunate for a guy who wanted to know how EVERYTHING worked – science had taken center stage at the universities, new technologies were springing up everywhere to make our lives easier, our confidence for peace higher, our hope for economic mobility higher...read more
Hilary Marckx Bio I have a PH.D. in Theology and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. I was self-employed as a documentary/commercial/fine art photographer from 1968 through 2008. During that period I taught at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, and wrote and performed songs. In 1998 I was Ordained in the United Church of Christ, and was called to serve a Disciples of Christ congregation in Geyserville, CA, where I still serve. I have a wife, Cherie, two children, Shannon and Joel, and three grandchildren, Megan, Brigit, and Liam. I am owned by a cat. My current involvement in music can be found at http://www.hfm-swtr.com where my most current musical work can be found. http://hmarckx.wordpress.com is a blog on my adventures in music where I have something to offer from time to time. http://hfmbw.wordpress.com is a blog on Black and White photography where I discuss my work in photography. And http://hilary.4ormat.com is where you could go to see my photography galleries. Should you be interested to investigate my Spiritual/Theological ramblings you could go to http://revdocmarckx.wordpress.com. — HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY FIT INTO THE GRAND SCHEME OF YOUR LIFE? Of course technology fits into my life. First off it was technological advancements of medicine that saved my life when I was 11 years old. Technology developed the three stents I have in my heart, and it saved my wife’s life with each of her rounds of cancer (breast and ovarian). Technology has also been part of my creative career since I began photography in 1957 and still is. Photography is at its heart and soul technological as well as artistic/creative/scientific. I continue to use film and I also utilize my digital systems. When I taught I used multi-projector dissolve systems, and later graduated to LCD projectors and Powerpoint and other presentations. A Computer is as much a part of my creative lifestyle as are my film cameras and enlargers. Music is no different for me. Every musical instrument that exists is a result of some technological advancement or other. I utilize electronics in my recording and performances. I play acoustic guitars, basses, mandolins, banjos, harmonicas, and project them through technological wonders we term microphones and amplifiers. We listen to sounds and words on speakers that project the result of electronically produced waves that reach our ears in ways wonderfully miraculous. I write, record, sing, create and live by virtue of technology. HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY ENHANCE YOUR WORK? Once I take the time to learn the medium. Technology allows me better access to my own, personal, creative processes. Fluidity in any particular medium offers a more open response to creative insights. I have never experienced what is commonly understood as “writer’s block.” My problem is quite the opposite: shutting it down so I can have a little down time. I do not write because I need to, but rather because it is how I process the land of my make-believe inner world, and its fictitious residents, and reconcile it to the broader world where the real people reside. If I did not make images and write songs, I would be reduced to gibbering. WHEN YOU STEP INTO THE WORLD OF CYBERSPACE DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE ABLE TO CONNECT WITH OTHERS? (EXPLAIN) Sometimes. Sometimes not. I...read more
Between art and technology – 2014 cjkoepfinger Ghandi once said that you can tell the health of a nation by the way it treats its animals, I would like to borrow that metaphor yet rephrase it to fit here in our discussions. You can tell the spiritual health of world by the way it treats and appreciates its artists – but then again the animal and the artist have much in common. Driven by instinctual passion, both will dig to find a bone and often have to bark continuously till they get the attention of there masters. The second half of the 20th century was a sad state of affairs for many the struggling artists. What started out as a boom in the swinging sixties shortly fizzled out in the seventies and eighties and corporate greed and commodity education soon tuned the anthem of the times. Liberal arts degrees soon became communication careers and man’s search for truth, beauty and meaning hopelessly lost somewhere in the collective consciousness. Thankfully the century soon enough came to an end and the creative pulse began picking up thanks to technology. With new ways to discovery, it seemed as if the ransom of the age was being paid and the hostages who sought the arts set free again. With computers to work faster, leisure time was reconsidered. The cyber world soon created a doorway for new dimensions in imagination. And with this emerged a new artist – a new hybrid storyteller, who can respond to his or her muse at the touch of a button. Welcome to cyberspace – Alice has finally found wonder land – a place to wonder and wander beyond the ordinary lines of space and time. Here we can boldly go to create an alternative life that suits our fancy – here we can connect with others ad infinitum and beyond – here you can literally explore limitless possibilities – now knowing that we are – alas, infinite yet bound only by the guidelines of our own imagineering. It almost feels like we are able to fly. Maybe this is exactly what flying feels like – at least now we can flock together with other like minds. Today we can consciously create new images and ideas and fractal patterns that garner our very fabric of existence, in a very new and exciting way. In this column The GAP, we will explore the pulse of artists today all over the world. We will see what makes things tick in the midst of technology and try to understand why there is a definite difference in the world. Is drama changing? Is there now the need for meta theatre? And what about music? If we are seriously considering the colonization of Mars then I am sure the music of the spheres could well be shifting us to a higher consciousness. Certainly movies are changing, it was recently predicted that the flat screen will soon be extinct. Here in The GAP we will compare notes from country to country by looking at art in the making to see what is becoming the cutting edge -and why. And finally we take time to coddle the artist with tastes and tidbits of new work new followed by only the most gracious commentary – for the task...read more