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Friday, May 19 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Keynote: Future of Creativity - 'SWANSONG'

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Efforts to contact extraterrestrial intelligence inevitably call for concise answers to fundamental philosophical questions about who we are and what we know. Human activities on our own planet have precipitated global environmental changes and the extinctions of numerous species. What's more, almost every part of the human race has exterminated some other part of the human race since before recorded history. Messages transmitted to other stars have nevertheless tended to imply that Homo sapiens is a friendly, peace-loving species with rational, scientific attitudes.

While such messages include purported "universal" mathematics, graphics and audio frequency content suitable for the human sensorium, any extraterrestrial sentience will have evolved in a perceptual, social and philosophical reality that would be wildly unlikely to be compatible with our own. The least ambiguous parts of our most serious messages for extraterrestrials are the messages they contain for human beings themselves.

Each year, Moogfest invites next-level thinkers and futurist philosphers to imagine the future of creativity. For his keynote at Moogfest, Joe Davis will trace the history of several projects centered on ideas about extraterrestrial communications that have given rise to new scientific techniques and inspired new forms of artistic practice. Huge numbers of biological agents with robust archives can now be transmitted across vast astronomical distances and over periods spanning millions of years, but an even newer form of interstellar transmission falls just within the realm of possibility. Davis will explain how an interstellar message can be created that is intended explicitly for human beings rather than for aliens: a "swansong" with precise reports about the human condition that might be used to break the wheel of time.

Talent
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Joe Davis

Joe Davis spent most of his early life in the American Deep South. While earning his Creative Arts degree (1973) from Mt Angel College in Oregon, he pioneered sculptural methods in laser carving at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, University of Cincinnati Medical Center Laser Laboratory and other renowned laboratories. In 1976, Davis signed the first launch services agreement with NASA to fly a payload for the arts on Space Shuttle and in... Read More →

Program Themes
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The Future of Creativity

World-renowned futurists, philosophers and visionary artists tackle the big questions with daily keynote presentations: What will creative work look like, and sound like, in twenty, fifty, and one-hundred years from now? How will art be made and how will it be consumed? What will be the tools for creative expression in the future?

Program Partners
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MIT Open Doc Lab

Moogfest 2017 participant Halsey Burgund, of MIT Open Doc Lab, will present Land Marking at this year's Protest Stage. Burgund will be joined by developer Joe Zobkiw. | | Land Marking is a mobile-based music/activist project that augments the physical landscape of protest events with a layer of location-based audio contributed by event participants in real-time. The project will be teaming up with the Protest Stage to allow... Read More →



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