Georgetown Conference Explores the Intersection of Space Exploration, Climate Change – The Hoya

Composer Felipe Pérez Santiago and cellist Cristina Arista took viewers members on a journey by the cosmos, inviting them to think about humanity’s place within the universe and take accountability for the local weather disaster.

Santiago and Arista carried out at an immersive live performance occasion within the Leavey Heart Ballroom April 18, highlighting the intersection between artwork and science. The occasion, which additionally featured a visible artwork exhibition and stargazing, was a part of the Earth on the Crossroads 2.0 convention co-sponsored by the SETI Institute and The Georgetown College Earth Commons

The Earth on the Crossroads convention introduced collectively scientists, artists, journalists, historians and policymakers to think about how discoveries in extraterrestrial science and exploration inform our response to the local weather disaster right here on Earth.

Dagomar Degroot, affiliate professor of historical past at Georgetown and member of the Earth on the Crossroads steering committee, praised the occasion for its interdisciplinary method. 

“We consider Earth as only one amongst many different planets, so it’s taking a cosmic perspective. And that’s fairly a singular factor truly,” Dagomar informed The Hoya. “For that, you want an entire bunch of various specialists and totally different disciplines. However actually you could transcend scholarship, past academia and contain the humanities as effectively.” 

Bettina Foget, director of SETI’s Artwork in Residence program, co-curated the visible artwork exhibition with Jonathan Keats, visible artist and member of the Earth on the Crossroads steering committee. Foget stated partnerships between artists and scientists are significantly invaluable as a result of each typically ask comparable questions.

Camille Vandeveer/The Hoya | Composer Felipe Pérez Santiago and cellist Cristina Arista’s efficiency on the Earth on the Crossroads 2.0 convention merged artwork and science, whereas inviting reflection on the pressing name to handle the local weather disaster.

“What the artists listed below are doing is fusing artwork and science however from the start. Proper from the idea stage with shared analysis questions and experimentation, and type of exploiting the convergence factors between artwork and science,” Foget informed The Hoya.

On the live performance, Santiago performed seven authentic songs from the Earthling Undertaking, which compiles samples of human voices from throughout the globe into thematic songs. Santiago additionally carried out three authentic songs with Arista mixed cello and digital components. Santiago stated he hopes the connection between artwork, music and science will assist make the sciences extra approachable for future generations.

“I feel there may be this horrible stereotype that science is boring or is for those that know quite a bit and are extraordinarily clever,” Santiago informed The Hoya. “So youthful youngsters don’t wish to method science as a result of they see ‘now this isn’t for me.’ I feel artwork can perhaps construct that bridge and produce them nearer, not solely to music however to science.” 

Arista stated she is personally fulfilled by the intersection of music and local weather motion and the chance to make use of her music to advertise a bigger message.

“It’s very satisfying as a performer to have a message past the music that pulls other forms of public,” Arista informed The Hoya. “I simply suppose it’s a fantastic thought not only for the viewers but additionally for the people who find themselves creating it to really feel like they’re doing one thing for the setting.” 

Keats stated cosmic views on local weather change permit individuals to see the Earth as a part of an even bigger system and perceive the results of its overexploitation.

“By advantage of getting off Earth in our pondering, we’re in a position then to have a look at what we’re doing right here on Earth, to think about the selections that we make, the influence of our actions, not solely as a matter of comparability but additionally as a matter of self-reflection,” Keats informed The Hoya. 

Nevertheless, the intersection of science and the humanities just isn’t distinctive to house exploration, in response to Foget. As humanity confronts biodiversity loss, intense climate occasions, warmth waves and decreased crop yields attributable to local weather change, Foget stated incorporating the humanities into the discourse on these points might assist inspire the general public to motion. 

“It’s so vital to not silo local weather change in simply the sciences as a result of it’s one thing that impacts everybody,” Foget stated. “So if you wish to attain most people, you could cross disciplines into the humanities, into the humanities as effectively, as a result of the humanities are a really efficient technique to attach on a human degree.”


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