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Imagine exploring the fate of our species, the existential effects of media technologies, the ideas of films and artworks, and the meaning of our existence in a vast universe — in hopes of theorizing a better destiny for humanity and our planet. That's what we do. We're about the big futures. Join us.
The Center is a small think tank, home to a collection of philosophical and pop culture thinkers who embrace a mind-expanding agenda. Here's our meme:
We theorize media and destiny on Spaceship Earth — the destiny of our species, planet, and universe.
We do this through books, essays, podcasts, art exhibits, short films, panel discussions, public events yet to be determined, and by providing various resources at this web site. In so doing, the Center embraces the challenges posed by the film below, perhaps one of the most profound in human history.
WHY WE DO THIS
The global media environments are filled with representations of human, planetary, and cosmic destinies, which are most often portrayed as naively utopian or profoundly dystopian and apocalyptic. We critique and counter these destinies in hopes for a more sane civilization, with a long-term destiny grounded in the artistic-philosophical merger of cosmology, ecology, and technology. We do this out of wonder, curiosity, and a concern for the big picture: what are we doing, where we are going, and what does it mean? We invite you to join us.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions, suggestions, or feedback.
Below are some of our most recent projects and media interviews.
"POSTMODERN PREMODERNISTS:" WE THEORIZE THE ANCIENT AND DEEPER MEANINGS OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND SPACE TELESCOPES
Genevieve Gillespie, Angela Cirucci, and Barry Vacker presented their radical theories on social media and cosmic media at the Visual Anthropology Conference at Temple University (April 10, 2013).
THE CENTER'S BARRY VACKER TAKES ON "THE END OF THE WORLD" ON PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL
Barry Vacker and his new book, The End of the World — Again, were featured in an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio's "To the Best of Our Knowledge." The interview aired April 6-7 (2013) on Public Radio International in 180 markets in this USA. To listen, click here: Listen (11 minutes)
Thanks to Steve Paulson for being such a fabulous interviewer and to stellar producer Doug Gordon for the clever use of dialogue from the movie, Them(1954). Nice touch!
Note there is also an extended interview at the Wisconsin Public Radio site, which includes some of the best stuff.
THE CENTER'S BARRY VACKER "WAXES PHILOSOPHICAL" ABOUT FIGHT CLUB ON PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL
Barry and his book, Slugging Nothing: Fighting the Future in Fight Club (2009), were featured in an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio's "To the Best of Our Knowledge" — as part of their Film and Philosophy series. The interview aired February 23-24 (2013) on Public Radio International in 180 markets in the USA. To listen, click here: Listen (13 minutes)
Thanks to Steve Paulson for being such a great interviewer and to stellar producer Doug Gordon for the clever voice transitions from Barry to Brad Pitt. Nice touch!