COLLAPSE DIALOGUE #4 @mobius :: Monday, August 24th, 6-9 pm
Each Dialogue begins with an explanation of principles and guidelines, and will last an hour and a half, with potluck refreshments. But don’t get drunk. Dialogues will be audio-recorded. You may choose to be anonymous in any transcripts. A booklet documenting the process will be produced following the exhibition. The collaborative exhibition will develop out of the Dialogue.
COLLAPSE DIALOGUE is an embodied, face-to-face experiment in conscious observation of our collective system of thought as it relates to social-environmental collapse. Investigative principles of insight meditation are applied to our collective expression to allow us to perceive incoherance caused by individual and cultural conditioning, and other inherent flaws in thought itself. The Dialogue is free of any agenda; we are not trying to reach conclusions, find concensus, plan action or learn the latest figures about climate disruption. Everything isallowed. Habits of persuasion, debate and self-censorship are to be abandoned. We aim to develop the ability to suspend our beliefs and judgments to listen with full ‘selfless’ attention to others, and more especially, to our own reactivity as it arises: thoughts, emotions, feelings, body sensations... Hidden assumptions emerge through friction between us, producing discomfort that we affirmatively choose to sustain rather than escape, so we can see into presuppositions, ideas and beliefs that subtly control our interactions and reveal puzzling patterns of fragmentation, repression, avoidance, denial, conflict. Our agreement to carefully lower instinctive ego defenses, to speak truly and spontaneously, opens a free flow of meaning between us. Physicist David Bohm and philospher Krishnamurti addressed systematic faults in thought, and saw them as the root cause of global incoherence. Bohm conceived of Dialogue as a way to ‘see through’ thought, yet he never specifically defined a process. We will create a template based on our 5-session experiment.
You are invited to join Collapse Dialogue #2 on Monday, June 29th from 6 ~ 9 pm INCOHERENCE: Fragmentation, contradiction, self-conflict, break-down. SIGNS OF INCOHERENCE: Suffering, disorder, destruction, conflict, violence, confusion, paralysis, unintended consequences. HOW THOUGHT GENERATES INCOHERENCE: Abstracting to grasp full reality, thought inherently misrepresents, creates fictions and illusions. Resulting problems are misrepresented in turn. Fixes compound. Thought struggles with itself.
Dialogue #1 Sunday, May 17th, 1-4 pm
Dialogue #2 Monday, June 29th, 6-9 pm
Dialogue #3 Monday, July 27th, 6-9 pm
Dialogue #4 Monday, August 24th, 6-9 pm
Collaborative art exhibit by Dialogue participants
Thursday, September 10th~Sunday, September 20
Speaker-discussions and events
Dialogue #5 Sunday, September 20th ~ open to the public
mobius liaison: Margaret Bellafiore