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Gregory Bateson – An Ecology of Mind documentary film

I am co-organising (with Kevin Power (Centre for Action Research, Ashridge Business School) and Wallace Heim) the London premier of:

An Ecology of Mind: A Film by Nora Bateson
Monday 27 February 2012, 18:30-22:00 pm
Old Cinema, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW

Tickets: £9.50; £3.50 (student/unwaged/Westminster staff)
Book your ticket from: http://anecologyofmindlondon.eventbrite.co.uk/

The Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture (IMCC) at the University of Westminster is proud to host the London premier of Nora Bateson’s An Ecology of Mind: A Daughter’s Portrait of Gregory Bateson. The screening will be followed by an interdisciplinary panel and audience discussion with Nora Bateson, and will end with a wine reception in the Regent Street foyer.

Panel with Nora Bateson; Iain Boal (Birkbeck College); Jody Boehnert (Brighton University); Ranulph Glanville (American Society for Cybernetics); Peter Reason (Action Research); and Wendy Wheeler (London Metropolitan University). Chaired by Jon Goodbun (IMCC and Architecture, Westminster)

“Tell me a story” … of life, art and science, of systems and survival. Gregory Bateson’s way of thinking – seeing the world as relationships, connections and patterns – continues to influence and provoke new thinking about human social life, about ecology, technology, art, design and health. Nora Bateson, Gregory’s youngest daughter, introduces Bateson’s ideas to new audiences in her film An Ecology of Mind, using the metaphor of a relationship between father and daughter, and footage of Bateson’s talks.

There are several other screenings around the country – see www.anecologyofmind.com Each screening, too, hosts a discussion between Nora and a wide range of people working in depth with Bateson’s ideas: artists, architects, action researchers, ecological activists, mental health practitioners, scientists, urban designers, cyberneticians. These screenings and discussions intend to show a way of thinking that crosses fields of knowledge and experience, one that can lead out of the ecological crisis and towards a more sound way of living.

Awards for the film:
Gold for Best Documentary, Spokane International Film Festival, 2011
Audience Award Winner, Best Documentary, Santa Cruz Film Festival, 2011
Winner, Media Ecology Association, John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis, 2011

Event organised by Jon Goodbun (Westminster), Wallace Heim, Kevin Power (Centre for Action Research, Ashridge Business School) and Eva Bakkeslett

To book a ticket go to: http://anecologyofmindlondon.eventbrite.co.uk/


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PechaKucha: ‘Re-imagining the Possibility of Planning’

This is my PechaKucha presentation – ‘Re-imagining the Possibility of Planning, or, How to Become an Urban Ecologist – for Rip It Up and Start Again given at The Gopher Hole on Weds 2nd March 2011. I was asked to speak about the future of architecture and the university.. Apparently there will be audio recordings to follow on their site…

Filed under: ecology, research, teaching

Rip It Up and Start Again – PechaKucha

I will be presenting for 400 seconds at a PechaKucha evening curated by Robert Mull and Kieran Long to launch the website of the Rip It Up and Start Again series. I will talk about re-imagining the project of planning in the era of disaster capitalism.

Wednesday 2 March 2011, 6:30pm, Gopher Hole 350-354 Old Street Shoreditch EC1V 9NQ
Rip It Up and Start Again is a lecture series curated by Robert Mull and Kieran Long to place the work of the school in relation to broader debates about the city.

Filed under: miscellaneous, teaching

Old Video Interviews

At a conference a few weeks ago, some masters students came up to me and said that they had watched some video interviews with me as a part of their course, which they had found useful. I have attached them here below. Personally I find them unbearable to watch..

The first was filmed in 2008, and was recorded as one of a series of interviews that were made as a part of an EU funded research project into sustainability in design. In the interview I was asked to respond to a series of principles that the DEEDS team had formulated.

The second interview was Kieran Long, then editor of the Architect’s Journal, with myself and Filip Visnjic. We were discussing a WAG installation in 2008, called Open Tables Ecology, which had won the Workspace Group Urbantine Project competition, and was built at the Tent London show in the Truman Brewery, London. The project was a study in interaction design. The interview with Kieran Long can be found here:

Jon Goodbun and Filip Visnjic from WAG at the DeTank.tv Studio

Filed under: research, teaching

Critical Urban Ecology: Symposium at Brighton Uni 8th Dec

I am giving a paper at the concluding symposium of a lecture series on ‘Critical Urban Ecology’ organised by Karin Jaschke at the University of Brighton – together with Doug Spencer and Ross Adams. I know Doug well from Westminster – where we both teach (and finish PhDs) and the AA, where he organises the theory component of the interesting Landscape Urbanism MA. I have not met Ross Adams before, but I recommend his excellent recent critique of ‘Eco-Cities’ in Radical Philosophy journal.

I will be first on and will give an overview of some concepts taken from ecology and in particular the development of the concept of metabolism in Marx and recent urban political ecology. I will briefly consider how metabolism has been theorised in neocybernetics, and will suggest how some ideas taken from Gregory Bateson might inform the development of these ideas today.

Filed under: ecology, research, teaching

Hydrotecture and Urban Metabolism: The Timing of Space

Last year (2009-10) I ran a post-graduate diploma studio at University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury. This project by Chris Jennings-Petz was submitted by the school to the RIBA Presidents Medals competition.

Jennings-Petz Ashford Metabolism

Jennings-Petz Ashford Metabolism

Ashford, an old Kent industrial/market town on the Stour river complex, plans to double in size over the next two decades, with 30,000 new homes. However, although Ashford has recently plugged-in to international rail networks, the town has remained formless, indistinct, unconscious.
Research started with a mapping of the Ashford landscape as a metabolic entity, defined through demographic, infrastructural, economic, geological and urban flows. Forming what Bateson called “an ecology of mind”,  this allowed intriguing insights into socio-geographical processes. Work soon focused upon socio-geological water flows, and included a novel report into the embodied water of building production. Through his regional analysis, major weaknesses were found in the city’s water planning. This issue defined the design strategy remit and project thesis.
The hydrological, agricultural and geological surveys revealed a band of clay and aquifer running below the city. In an ingenious move, Chris chose this as the (sub)site, and  proposed to excavate a string of region/city-defining reservoirs passing through the urban centre, slowly filling to meet the expanding water requirement. The waterside edges create a series of new urban landscape conditions, transforming land values, and introduce a new metropolitan space, and metabolic relation, into the heart of Ashford.
A reservoir infrastructure was elaborated through a strong leisure programme, incorporating an ultra deep diving well, surface sports, a new ecological corridor with urban food production potential, and hundreds of floatation tanks. At the core of the scheme, the landscape both mounds, and drops to deep vertical wells, countering Ashford’s dominant horizontality. This move transforms the topography of the city, and perhaps reconfigures the cognitive maps of the city, in the inhabitants’ imagination.
Working across scales, strategic regional moves were paralleled with 1:1 material prototypes that crystallised a series of open-ended experiments involving salt solutions and clay castings of various kinds. Samples and apparatus accreted around Chris’ drawing board through the year, defining a metabolic aesthetic. His evolving installations animated the diploma studios, whilst the proposal staged a urban landscape infrastructure, as a new ecological domain of social experience.

Filed under: ecology, research, teaching


rheomode is the research lbase of Dr Jon Goodbun

I have a background in architectural theory, design research and practice, which over the last two decades has focused ever more on environmental and ecological research and practice, and what this means for how we think about space. or spacetime, as a semiotic mediating field of material, biological and mental worlds. This has led me to work with ideas and thinkers who present challenges to some of the very premises of modern science, and the divisions between both the natural, social and political sciences, and between the sciences and humanities… divisions which are the legacy of western enlightenment thinking. I have pursued this work both in mainstream academic institutions such as the RCA, but also non-orthodox institutions such as Schumacher College, the Pari Institute and Burning Man, as well as in activist political arenas, and a series of independent educational and research initiatives.



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jcgoodbun (a) mac.com

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