Active Cultures: "Buddhist Geeks: Uniting Technology and Wisdom" and "Cultural Identity and The Modern Sounds of Indonesia "
Pasadena , CA 91101
6 p.m. Galleries and Store open
7:30 p.m. Auditorium lounge open
8 p.m. First Speaker begins
Active Cultures pairs engaging speakers in a dynamic, conversational program. Each evening features two experts and two topics not necessarily sharing an obvious connection. Each speaker makes a short, 30 minute presentation on their area of expertise, and then shares the stage in an open session where they take questions and along with the audience explore the connections between their topics. The evening concludes with continued conversation over food and drink as the audience and presenters come together in an informal reception.
The series takes Pacific Asia Museum's rich history of promoting dynamic cross-cultural conversations to the next level. By deconstructing the standard lecture format, and mixing topics and themes, Active Cultures is a fresh way of approaching art and culture. The program free to Pacific Asia Museum members and $10 for the general public.
Click here for a look back at the 2010/2011 Active Cultures series.
November 18, 2011
Buddhist Geeks: Uniting Technology and Wisdom Vincent Horn is a co-founder and director of the innovative media project Buddhist Geeks. He will explore the interdisciplinary insights to be gained by combining geek culture's radical experimentation, facility with external technologies, and forward-thinking with Buddhism's wisdom of the human condition, mind training systems, and familiarity with the inner world.
Cultural Identity and The Modern Sounds of Indonesia Traditional styles of music like gamelan are closely associated with cultural identity in Indonesia, much the way jazz is in America. Popular modern music of the region, however, reflects a wide range of influences, both local and international. San Francisco-based bassist and composer Cory Combs will speak about and share clips of the modern sounds of Indonesia, including kroncong, dangdut, protest music, and Indonesian hip-hop, broadly considering how music represents a nation.
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