Recent Screenings

September 27th, 2010

Greetings!

We are pleased to announce Being in the World has had screenings at the following
film festivals:
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.

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All Things Shining

June 3rd, 2010

Please check out All Things Shining, a blog by Sean Kelly and Hubert Dreyfus for their new book.

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Screening at the Brooklyn Film Festival

June 1st, 2010

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.

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2010 Vail Film Festival

April 13th, 2010

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!

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New Articles From The Philosophers

April 12th, 2010

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.

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The trouble with easy

April 2nd, 2010

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?

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Tao Ruspoli discusses his new film Being in the World

March 24th, 2010

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New Trailer

March 12th, 2010

Here is a new trailer for Being in the World. More to come…

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