In How to Move a Mountain Southern Exposure and The Citizens’ Laboratory (Amanda Eicher, Valerie Imus, Jerome Waag) invite experts on systems of organization from both the human and animal worlds to discuss ways in which various methods of collaboration can inform us as groups and individuals, acknowledging the characteristics that make us particularly human. How to Move a Mountain takes place over three sessions, each including brief presentations by experts, group conversation, and a responsive interpretation by an artist.
In How to Move a Mountain 3 of 3, Phil Ross will present his research and screen his video Leviathans, a dramatic narrative documenting the romantic life of slime mold. Slime mold live part of their lives as single-cells and can spontaneously form multi-celled organisms, developing specialized capacities to act collectively and move in complex ways. Trombonist, improvisation theorist, and Professor of American Music at Columbia University, George Lewis will present his work with creative machines that improvise music together with each other and human musicians. The work stages a hybrid sociality that challenges traditional notions of interactivity and agency. Helena Keeffe will lead us in a collective drawing exercise.