Andrew Adamatzky in conversation with Merlin Sheldrake – The Understory of the Understory

The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: The Understory of the Understory
5th & 6th December 2020
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The Understory of the Understory is the fourth instalment in an ongoing series of festivals on consciousness and intelligence across species, part of the Serpentine’s General Ecology project. With The Understory of the Understory, we go to that place which is simultaneously ground, land, soil and Earth, that is to say, the place where diverse species come together, collaborate, communicate and constitute one another but also where complex systems of redistribution of toxicity, logics of extraction and geopolitics meet.

Andrew Adamatzky is Professor of Unconventional Computing and Director of the Unconventional Computing Laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. He does research in molecular computing, reaction-diffusion computing, collision-based computing, cellular automata, slime mould computing, massive parallel computation, applied mathematics, complexity, nature-inspired optimisation, collective intelligence and robotics, bionics, computational psychology, nonlinear science, novel hardware, and future and emergent computation. He authored seven books, including Reaction-Diffusion Computing, Dynamics of Crow Minds, Physarum Machines, and edited twenty-two books in computing, including Collision Based Computing, Game of Life Cellular Automata, Memristor Networks; he also produced a series of artworks published in the atlas Silence of Slime Mould. He is founding editor-in-chief of J of Cellular Automata and J of Unconventional Computing, and editor-in-chief of J Parallel, Emergent, Distributed Systems’ and ‘Parallel Processing Letters.

Merlin Sheldrake is a biologist and author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, and Shape Our Futures (2020). He received a Ph.D. in tropical ecology from Cambridge University for his work on underground fungal networks in tropical forests in Panama, where he was a predoctoral research fellow of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Merlin is a keen brewer and fermenter, and is fascinated by the relationships that arise between humans and more-than-human organisms.
@MerlinSheldrake, @merlin.sheldrake




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