Presentations Planned For Fluidity Forum 2024

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7 Provisional Truths: A Field Guide To Construct Awareness by Brandon Watson

Art on the Chaos Continua by Phil Goetz

Exploring Boundaries With West Coast Swing Dance by Harry Gao

Iyengar Yoga Class by Lauren Elsbaum

Competing Dimensions to Optimize for in Literary Translation by Alexis Wu

7 Provisional Truths: A Field Guide To Construct Awareness

by Brandon Watson

Take a tour of the embodied mind and its consequences for how knowledge is constructed. Our journey pulls epistemology—a domain of philosophy that concerns itself with theories of knowledge—out of the cloistered halls of academia and into the messy realities of daily life. We’ll show how our concernful involvement with the everyday world is the ground for all knowledge, illustrating why knowledge involves far more than “justified, true beliefs”, and how a more sophisticated epistemology opens us to more constructive ways of framing our beliefs about Reality.

Art on the Chaos Continua

Phil Goetz

When we organize art along dimensions corresponding to the 3 meanings of the Greek word xaos, we find that

  • complexity and beauty are maximized in the center;
  • any system capable of producing life generates artifacts in the center;
  • empirically, the center contains naturalistic, representational art; and
  • historically, such art correlates with peace, while symbolic art correlates with war.

Therefore, naturalistic art is the most complex, beautiful, peaceful, and lifelike.
Historically, the public prefers representational art to be from the center, while elites, priests, and rulers want it to come from one of the corners, where simplified, symbolic artistic styles exist, which are useful for propaganda and mind control.

The most-common cycle of artistic development is

  1. formal art develops,
  2. formal art is gradually elaborated into naturalistic art,
  3. civilizational elites replace naturalistic art with symbolic art,
  4. civilization collapses, and culture begins again with formal art.

Exploring Boundaries With West Coast Swing Dance

Harry Gao

Healthy boundary pushing and boundary holding—in partner dance, flirting, or social interactions in general—is all about the dynamic between leader and follower. But good leading isn’t only being confident and good following isn’t only being receptive! In this short one-on-one lesson, I’ll demonstrate the importance of leading with a follower’s receptiveness and following with a leader’s intentionality. This is key to creating a collaborative back-and-forth dynamic that’s fun for both parties! As someone who understands the fluidity of both roles, I’m happy to teach leaders and followers.

This is a beginner West Coast swing dance lesson that focuses on the connection between leader and follower and not as much about specific dance footwork; in other words, you don’t have to have any experience or desire to dance to gain something from this!

Iyengar Yoga Class

by Lauren Elbaum

How to move your body in healthy ways that feel good. Iyengar yoga focuses on balance, building strength, and flexibility. Poses are demonstrated first and then emulated with coaching. All body types and abilities are welcome.
Lauren is not a certified Iyengar teacher, but has been doing Iyengar-style yoga for 11 years.

Competing Dimensions to Optimize for in Literary Translation

by Alexis Wu

Some thoughts, musings, and perspectives that have been formulated through my decade-long personal experiences as a 1) producer of literary translation, 2) avid consumer of translated literature and scripted media, and 3) academically-trained linguist. I’ll be delving into some clashes of philosophy that I’ve been embroiled in as I navigated the translation and publishing industries, as well as making a case for some of my own stances, a lot of which can, I would in fact argue, be tied to a certain dreaded but relevant word of our current age—alignment.

Owing to the nature of the examples I have on hand and the languages I work in, this presentation will inevitably be more friendly to those proficient in Mandarin Chinese than to others, but I will try my best to make it as universally friendly as I can by contextualizing as needed. Thanks for understanding.