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Void / Body / Breath / Care: Four Conversations on a Changing World Between Canada and Italy - CONVERSATION 3 (BREATH)

Breathing is necessary to life - we all learned that one of the symptoms of COVID-19 is shortness of breath. It's a process common to the earth, the forest, the human beings. We depend from nature for this primary function - plants are providing us the air to breathe through photosynthesis. Our mind is related to it, as the ancient greek "psyché" (ψυχὴ) means breath, soul and life. Professor of General Arboriculture and Arboreal Plantations, Director of the University Museums including the Botanical Gardens in Palermo, Paolo Inglese and multidisciplinary artist, architectural designer and researcher Philip Beesley in conversation with moderator Francesca Molteni.

Oct 7, 2020 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Philip Beesley
Artist, Architectural Designer and Researcher
Philip Beesley is known for his pioneering contributions to the rapidly emerging field of responsive interactive architecture. His installations appear to live, breathe, and respond to visitors, and have been presented around the world, including Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai and Washington, DC. He represented Canada at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale and will present a new work at the 2021 Biennale.  Beesley is also a professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and the European Graduate School, and he directs Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG), an international collaborative network of scientists, engineers and artists. The LASG’s diverse array of projects includes haute couture collections and complex electronic systems that can sense, react and learn. The experimental architecture of Beesley and the LASG explores the subtle phenomena and constantly changing boundaries at the outer edges of current technology.
Paolo Inglese
Professor of General Arboriculture and Arbor Cultivation @University of Palermo
Paolo Inglese studied in Palermo and Florence. Since 2000, he is Professor of General Arboriculture and Arbor Cultivation at the University of Palermo. Academic of the Accademia dei Gergofili, the Accademia di Agricoltura (Academy of Agriculture) and the Accademia Nazionale dell’Olivo e dell’Olio (The Italian Olive Academy), he studies regulatory mechanisms, the quality of the fruit and is, since the beginning of his scientific activities, a passionate scholar of the cactus pear (prickly pear), iconic species of the Columbian interchange, which brought him to a collaboration with the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization as an international expert for the betterment of agricultural conditions in the semi-arid areas of Africa, South America and the Near East. For some years now, he manages the University of Palermo’s network of museums, which includes the Botanical Garden. He has authored scientific publications and authored and edited didactic, scientific and divulging books.