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The Living World: Animism in The 21st Century - Final Q+A

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Published on Jul 15, 2013

How does our relationship to the world change if everything is alive?
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Author Erik Davis and historian of shamanism Robert Wallis discuss traditional and contemporary approaches to animism and consider what it means to be an animist in an age when our technologies increasingly take on the semblance of life.

In the second part of the evening, Erik Davis read with a live modular synthesizer accompaniment from The Asterism and MISTY. With live and found sounds sculpted by the application of multiple random voltages, MISTY will be free to express its soul.

Erik Davis is an American cultural critic, scholar and journalist, in his recent catalogue essay Mark Leckey's exhibition The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things he describes a world exploding with technologies, products, and material processes that challenge our conceptual categories with their apparent intelligence and animation. Also author of Nomad Codes, Techgnosis, The Visionary State and Led Zeppelin, Erik Davis' work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines.

Robert Wallis is an author, art historian and academic specialising in contemporary and historical shamanic practices. He is the author of 'Shamans / neo-Shamans:Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans' and has contributed to and edited numerous books and journals on the subject.

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