Visualizing world views: Explorations at the boundaries of perception
7:30 pm, Thursday September 24, 2009
$7 / $5 for BMCM+AC members + students w/ID
On Thursday, September 24th at 7:30 pm, the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) will host a presentation by media artist and researcher David McConville. After posing the question, “Is it possible to effectively communicate an experience of reality?” McConville will propose a pragmatic framework for considering the unique perspectives we each have on the nature of reality. He’ll demonstrate how integrating artistic and scientific approaches can experientially illuminate sensory limitations while raising awareness of the ways in which we create our own unique "maps" of reality. Gaining a deeper appreciation of how worldviews are formed is essential if humanity is to successfully address the interconnected challenges of the 21st century.
David McConville is an Asheville-based media artist and researcher specializing in the development of dome-based display technologies. He is co-founder of The Elumenati, a full service design and engineering firm specializing in the development and deployment of immersive visualization environments and experiences. The Elumenati provides systems integration, real-time software design, immersive content research, custom fabrication, and optical engineering for clientele ranging from art festivals to space agencies.
McConville’s talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Dorothea Rockburne: Astronomy Drawings which is part of BMCM+AC’s year-long celebration of the women of Black Mountain College. A student at Black Mountain College in the 1950s, Dorothea Rockburne is a highly influential contemporary artist whose innovative work incorporates ideas based in mathematics and astronomy. Rockburne credits her deep interest in the intersection of art, nature and mathematics to Black Mountain College mathematics professor Max Dehn. A friend and associate of Albert Einstein, Dehn was a beloved member of the BMC community