Happy Wednesday! I had a problem this week; couldn’t decided between writing about a scientist, an artist, a musician, a designer, or a roboticist.
Therefore, we’re going to take a closer look at Jeff Lieberman who manages to be all of these things.
And ‘looking closely’ is a central idea in Jeff’s world. Here’s how he describes himself:
Jeff Lieberman explores the connections between the arts, sciences, education, creativity, and consciousness. He hosted ‘Time Warp’ on the Discovery Channel, reminding us how little our senses detect and understand about reality. He composes music in the duo Knolls. He shows sculptures internationally, exploring our unseen interconnectedness and interdependence. Having finished four degrees at MIT (Physics, Math, Mech. Eng., Media Arts + Sciences), he is exploring how the evolution of consciousness can cease human suffering.
Jeff’s desire to understand the universe, or at least understand what parts of reality are revealed to us, runs deep, as can be seen in this excellent TedX talk.
His most recent art installation, “The Life of Tree” (see video), is a kinetic sculpture that simulates a tree’s reflection in water; a metaphor for how all scientific theories are only a reflection of the underlying reality. Depending on the distortions of our theories, the reality is seen more or less clearly.
You can see videos of more of his kinetic work here. To really appreciate the art and science of the work, you need to see them in motion!
Jeff’s DISCOVERY Channel show TIME WARP still pops up on Discovery and Science channels, and continues to be aired around the world. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a great sample!
In a world of increasing specialization, it’s reassuring to know there are still great minds working to integrate their understanding of physics, art, and the wider world like Jeff Lieberman.
And that is the story for this week! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!