Friday Seminar Series

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The ethos of SymbioticA is that ideas are discussed and shared openly and the Friday Seminar Series is designed to allow an open forum to disseminate artistic, scientific, ethical and philosophical research and practice of resident researchers, visiting artists and scholars. Our Friday Seminar Series are held salon style, in our studio space and commence at 3:00pm on Fridays. All are welcome. 

 If you have an idea for a SymbioticA seminar in 2017 get in touch:

The Music Mill

Date: 18 August 2017
Time: 3:00pm
Location: SymbioticA
Speaker: Dr Mace Francis

The Music Mill is a fun, interactive solar powered sound-sculpture made up of various automated musical instruments. Each musical instrument is manually programmed, through the use of pegs and dowels, to create infinite melodies and rhythms. The Music Mill can perform on its own or be used as an accompanying instrument for live musicians. This talk will demonstrate how The Music is programmed and performed.

Mace Francis is a composer/musician. Since 2005 he has toured and recorded regularly with his 14-piece Mace Francis Orchestra, receiving an APRA Professional Development Award, the Italian "Scrivere in Jazz" composition prize, the 2015 APRA/AMCOS Jazz Work of the Year and a finalist in the Freedman Jazz Fellowship (2010) for his compositions. Mace is the artistic director of WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and works as a guest composer/conductor in France, Japan and Austria. Mace’s PhD research into site-specific composition was awarded the 2015 Faculty Research Medal at Edith Cowan University.

The Phenomenology of the Ordinary

Date: 25 August 2017
Time: 3:00pm
Location: SymbioticA
Speaker: David Kronemyer

David Kronemyer had a long career in the entertainment business with companies such as Capitol Records and Atlantic Records, but then decided he had enough of it and that it was time for a change (this would be a “pivot” in contemporary parlance). He had a long-standing interest in all things starting with the word “neuro-,” so he became a cognitive scientist and now is a researcher in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA, with a particular interest in brain stimulation using magnetic and ultrasonic energy. He has given a lot of thought to other interesting problems, such as how people revise their beliefs, and other mind-type stuff. He also sees clients in private practice.

The “phenomenology of the ordinary” is a phrase he invented to characterize one of the ways in which people relate to the world around them, including objects (such as rocks), works of art (such as Rembrandt’s “Night Watch”), tools (such as hammers), pets, and other people (friends, enemies, etc.). He will juxtapose it against its counterpart, the phenomenology of the salient. He will discuss topics such as subjective experience; developing metacognitive awareness; identifying and rating moods; refocusing and intentionally redirecting one’s attention; the difference between avoidance and engagement; motivation; and the relationship between all of these and maintaining good mental health. Handouts will be provided.