BUCKMINSTER FULLER AND THE FUTURE

Jonathon Keats in conversation with Kevin Berger
Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 7pm
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A self-professed “comprehensive anticipatory design scientist”, Buckminster Fuller spent much of the 20th century trying “to make the world work for one hundred percent of humanity”. His visionary thinking led most famously to the invention of the Geodesic Dome, but his deeper legacy was as a pioneer of world-changing ideas. Many of these were not possible in his lifetime but have become feasible since his death in 1983, and are now urgently needed to meet the growing demands of an exploding world population with finite resources. In You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future, experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats sets out to revive Fuller’s unconventional practice, placing Fuller’s philosophy in a modern context and dispelling much of the mythology surrounding Fuller’s life. At this special event, Keats will discuss Fuller’s ideas – and his own reenvisioning of Fuller’s practice – with Nautilus magazine features editor Kevin Berger.
 
The event is free and open to the public.
 
You Belong to the Universe is published by Oxford University Press.
Read an excerpt on Nautilus.
 
Jonathon Keats is an experimental philosopher, artist and writer. His conceptually-driven interdisciplinary projects explore all aspects of society through science and technology. Keats has lectured at institutions including Stanford University, the Long Now Foundation and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which recently awarded him a 2015-16 Art + Technology Lab Grant. In addition to You Belong to the Universe, he is the author of six books including The Book of the Unknown (Random House), winner of the American Library Association’s 2010 Sophie Brody Medal.

 

Photo by: Cédric Thévenet, October 12, 2001