We are pleased to announce Being in the World has had screenings at the following
Utah Valley University – September 16
Brigham Young University – September 17
Berkeley Film Festival – September 25
This Monday, September 27th, join us for a screening at UCSF at 4pm.
Please check out All Things Shining, a blog by Sean Kelly and Hubert Dreyfus for their new book.
Please join us for a screening at the Brooklyn Film Festival!
Tuesday, June 8, 8:00pm-10:00pm
indieScreen, 285 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Saturday, June 12, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Buy tickets here.
We are pleased to announce that Being in The World was awarded “Best Documentary” at the 2010 Vail Film Festival! Congratulations to all involved in the film, and thank you for your enthusiasm and support!
Published articles by Albert Borgmann, Hubert Dreyfus, and Iain Thomson have been added to the philosophers’ respective pages. Visit the “Philosophers” section to download these papers in full. We’ll be adding more new content to the philosophers’ and masters’ pages in the coming weeks.
During the making of the film, Tao and I have spent a lot of time discussing how to develop meaningful practices centered on technological devices. I think we agree that it should be possible in principle. I found Steve Almond’s editorial in the LA Times, “The Trouble with Easy Listening” really illuminating in this regard.
Almond describes beautifully an experience that many of us from the vinyl generation can relate to–the experience of having our lives focused around listening to music played on a turntable. Almond rightly recalls “that listening to music used to be a concerted sonic and emotional event, rather than the backing track to some flashing screen.”
This is for me an intriguing example because, of course, the vinyl LP is itself a very advanced technological artifact and the turntable a technological device. And yet, far more than the wizardry of modern digital music, the older technology placed demands on us. These demands had the effect of articulating the world into different places and giving time a distinct rhythm. My bedroom became a cathedral that housed my record player and LP collection. The music simply wasn’t available elsewhere. And the day was broken up into the transcendent moments when I could listen to music, and the more mundane remainder of the day when I had to attend to schoolwork or chores. Almond nails it when he observes: “Look, there’s no question that technology has made music cheaper and more accessible. But I wonder if it hasn’t been made less sacred.”
So could it be that one key to gaining a meaningful relation to technology consists in finding and embracing those points where the technology is incomplete, and thus still exerts friction on our practices?
Here is a new trailer for Being in the World. More to come…