“It is perhaps this capacity of some rhetorical practices [like music, art, and poetry] to induce and manage the breakdown of borders – such as those between male and female, life and death, silence and talk – that deserves the name ‘eloquence.’” – Richard Doyle, Darwin’s Pharmacy
Regardless of the medium, art ultimately acts on our attention – it gathers, gardens, and transforms, coordinating each of us within the body of the social superorganism. By acting with intention, visionary artists are what rhetorician-author Richard Doyle calls “technologists of attention” – the lucky and initiated few for whom paintings, songs, and poems are all tools that act upon the first (and only) medium: awareness.
Join scientist-turned-multimedia-artist, Michael Garfield, as he draws from his experience as both a natural history illustrator and live painter to empower your creative life with deeper understanding of psychology, cognition, and communication – discovering new opportunities to change the world by changing how we frame the contents of perception. Learn how to bridge art, science, and spiritual practice through fun live painting exercises – and develop new eyes for the awesome power and responsibility you channel as an artist!
Paleontologist turned psychedelic “performance philosopher,” Michael Garfield’s mind-expanding work maps the evolutionary landscape and our place in it. Former editor in chief for visionary art hub SolPurpose.com and contributor to many more (including Big Think, Reality Sandwich, H+ Magazine, and KenWilber.com), Michael writes about (and from) the intersections of emerging planetary consciousness, accelerating technology, transpersonal psychology, and the lived experience of cosmic participation that transcends our narratives entirely.
Walking a tightrope between the New Age and the Academe, Michael teaches us to dance between perspectives to triangulate the truth behind appearances. The goal: to heal the loneliness and disenfranchisement of our modern age by showing how each human life is inextricably a part of something vast, mysterious, and awesome – pointing to the common core of science, art, and spiritual practice.
*Event Day Gallery Hours: 12 – 3pm
3 pm – Technologists of Attention with Michael Garfield
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – 12 am –November Full Moon Gathering
Rooms are available for rent in Grey House, CoSM’s fully renovated Visionary Victorian guest house.
CoSM, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, 46 Deer Hill Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.