'The Science of Consciousness' (‘TSC’) is the world’s largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference on all aspects of the nature of conscious awareness, feelings and existence. These include how the brain produces consciousness, how consciousness can causally affect brain processes, the best empirical theories, do we have free will, evolution of life and consciousness, the origins of moral and aesthetic values, how to improve mental, physical and cognitive function, and whether consciousness can persist after bodily death, e.g. through ‘uploading’ to machines, or via mental processes tied to the structure of reality. These and other relevant questions are approached through many disciplines in science, philosophy, business, the arts and contemplative practices.
Cirque Roots will be performing throughout TSC leading up into their main performance and premier of their newest show Exist.
Exist is an astronomy-inspired circus performance that takes the audience on a journey through the cosmos exploring what it means to be alive and present in the “age of science.” The goal is to offer the audience a different perspective on their lives, their place in the Universe, and the vast time and distance scales in the cosmos. This will be achieved using media projections of the cosmos, dance choreography, spoken word, original soundtrack and innovative circus props. Our piece is centered around Carl Sagan’s famous quote, “We are star stuff,” meaning that our bodies are composed of chemical elements that originated inside stars. There is vast cosmic recycling that happens in the evolution of the Universe, from star birth to star death. Our planet, our
bodies, and everything that we own are here because of that process. We will explore the physical and emotional significance of what it means to be human in the Universe. Exist will utilize a portable projection screen, a short throw projector, and an original aerial apparatus as our main set design. The cast consists of four circus artists in custom LED suits (supplied by local company HulaLab) and one storyteller, performing live spoken word. The premier will be in February 2018.