The age of the Noosphere, Angelo Plessas


  • 11.30am – 1.00pm

  • Edinburgh College of Art, Main Building, West Court
    74 Lauriston Place
    Edinburgh
    EH3 9DF

"As we keep gaining knowledge and wisdom from the cybersphere, at some point we will transform into wise human beings who are able to detach from it. This is when we will finally reach the highest levels of cosmic and earth consciousness, known as the 'Noosphere.'"
—José Argüelles, Manifesto for the Noosphere (2011)

In this talk,
Angelo Plessas will discuss one of his recent projects, The Noospheric Society, a project that reflects on spiritual sides of technology and merging concepts of the biosphere and cybersphere, with the intention of touching on freedom of speech, social relations and environmental energies. Angelo's work often takes the form of rituals including performances, installations, events, lectures. This talk is presented in collaboration with Talbot Rice Gallery, the University of Edinburgh's contemporary art gallery.

Angelo lives and works in Athens. The central aim in Angelo's work is to network the offline with the online to generate new ways of relating to both. His work highlights the ambiguous approach of spirituality with technology opening up themes of freedom of speech, social relations and identity. Angelo’s activities range from performances to artist residencies; from self-publishing to interactive websites; from sculpture to live-stream events and educational projects. He is the organizer for the annual, week-long gatherings of the ‘Eternal Internet Brotherhood/Sisterhood’ in different remote places in the world and, most recently, of the ‘Experimental Education Protocol’. He exhibits internationally, highlights include Documenta 14, both in Kassel and Athens; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Jeu de Paume, Paris; the DESTE Foundation, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Frieze Projects 2013, London. A Fulbright alumnus, he was awarded the DESTE Prize in 2015.

This event is free and all are welcome to join.

Part of the School of Art Friday Lecture Series 2018.