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Olga Ast

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Biography: I’m an interdisciplinary artist, curator and independent scholar. One of my main goals is to investigate connections between time, space and information. I have exhibited and lectured in the U.S. and abroad, presenting my work at art-science projects, including art shows and multidisciplinary conferences at Rutgers, New York, Gottingen, Moscow, Toronto and other universities; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the National Academy of Sciences; the Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin; the Bridges Math Art exhibit and the International Conferences on Time Perspectives.

My books include Fleeing from Absence: four cross-disciplinary essays on time, its nature and its interpretations; and Infinite Instances: Studies & Images of Time, a collection of papers and artworks by contributors to the ArcheTime project, which I have been curating since 2009.
Location: New York
Attendance Platform: Web Conference
Proposed Session Title: Reaching for the Sky
Session Description:
This year I am not attending SkeptiCamp in person.

Earlier this year I recorded a video for another conference. My presentation was dedicated to urban light pollution which is usually not getting enough attentions:

If you’d like to show it then Q&A may be carried via Zoom


Reaching for the Sky

The human desire to create a perfect environment through the fabrication of artificial realities has altered entire landscapes and has even disrupted our relationship to the night sky. Stars have always dominated our natural surroundings, connecting us to the Universe and Eternity. Most of us, however, can no longer see them outside of a planetarium due to urban light pollution. The sky, like nature’s last bastion, has fallen prey to our desire for the artificial. Our ambition to reach for the sky has concealed it from our view. What kind of psychological impact does this have, and can a re-connection with the night sky help us make our relationship to the natural environment more emotional, caring, and attentive?

This session on urban light pollution also included a presentation ‘The Matter of Time’ by Patricia Olynyc: If you would like to show Patricia Olynyc’s video as well then I can invite her for Q&A.
Previous SkeptiCamp NYC Events: 2020, 2019

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