F. David Peat

As an author and theoretical physicist Peat's interests include psychology, particularly that of Carl Jung, art and general aspects of culture, including that of Native America. Peat is the author of many books including a biography of David Bohm, with whom Peat collaborated, as well as books on quantum theory and chaos theory, and a study of Synchronicity. In 1996 he moved to a small medieval village in Italy, where he now runs The Pari Center for New Learning. His web site can be found at www.fdavidpeat.com and the Center’s at www.paricenter.com.

Drawing on his long-term and on-going involvement in discussions between art and science his lecture is entitled 'Animate Nature'.

Animate Nature
During the early Middle Ages Europeans lived as many traditional people have lived – in the heart of a living nature and the cycles of time. It is a way of being in the world that continued to thread its way through art, down to the present day. However, starting in the 13th century Europeans adopted mental tools that encouraged them to objectify the world, to manipulate it within the mind, and dream of progress and control. This intensified with the Renaissance and the rise of science, culminating in the world as 'Newtonian Clockwork' and the physicist Wolfgang Pauli’s observation that physics had become obsessed with “the will to power”.

But the scientific discoveries of the twentieth century reversed this tendency and while many scientists remain “hard nosed” others have begun to see the world as an organism. The talk will explore notions of self-organization and Pauli’s vision of “the resurrection of spirit in matter”.

But where is the artist in this? Peat argues that an alchemical thread has woven itself through art from Durer and Michelangelo, through Cezanne, Duchamp and Pollock on into contemporary artists such as Anish Kapoor. Peat speculates on the future of environmental art, our changing attitude towards the material world and Pauli’s speculation on “the resurrection of spirit in matter”

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