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Our Animal Nature 

Wednesday, Jul 13 2011
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What separates human from animal? The question has kept philosophers and scientists up late for hundreds of years. At what evolutionary point did we start to develop things such as religious beliefs, real language, the concept of the soul? How are we to understand our place in the universe in relationship to the creatures around us, especially when our ecosystem seems wildly out of balance? That last concern brings together an unusual group of artists, dancers, and thinkers for “A Live Animal: An Evening of Presentation and Performances.” They expand on ideas presented in the current group exhibit, “A Live Animal,” at nearby Root Division gallery. The members of tonight’s lineup consider interspecies interactions from various perspectives, including the intangible and esoteric (mysticism) and the tangible and verifiable (natural science). Dancer and composer Karl Cronin, who has been known to use his body to interpret the movements of birds and blades of grass, performs Kinetic Empathy, while artist and chef Phil Ross describes his experiences organizing dinners that encourage curious foodies to ingest insects and (he hopes) love it. Biologist Jon Sack educates the audience about bioelectric venom. After the event, attendees are welcome to stroll over to Root Division to take in the exhibition. We hope Ross provides snacks for the reception.
Tue., July 19, 7:30 p.m., 2011

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