|The San Geronimo Church built in 1850.|
The 7th symposium on Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality took place last month, and it was amazing.
But one small thing was missing from the lecture series.
I noticed it, but couldn't do much about it. Instead I improvised at the time.
There were many scholars that shared insightful and meaningful research, but we can't watch it after the fact because no one recorded live video of the proceedings. A YouTube channel with everyone speaking is a great idea, but since one doesn't exist, I can share what I do have from the ACS 7 symposium.
The voice recorder on my phone proved to be somewhat adequate for recording the proceedings. I wasn't sure if the voices could be heard, but they certainly can. I have a list of speakers, and the corresponding voice file for anyone that would like to listen. They files are unedited, and plenty of background noise can be heard, but someone just might find them useful. Scroll down to find the list.
Digital cameras are not cheap, and storing four days of lectures isn't an easy task. It is obvious why the lectures were not recorded, but perhaps I can contribute at the next symposium. ACS 8 will take place next summer, so perhaps by then I can acquire some equipment and record the proceedings.
I look forward to next year not only for the lectures, but also for the fun and educational group trips. This year we visited Taos Pueblo, Dar Al Islam Mosque, and walked through the New Mexico desert at night. I can't say enough great things about the symposium, and would recommend attending to anyone so interested.
|The New Mexico desert at night with moon and stars.|
The audio file links are below, but I must warn you that I have not edited the files, nor have I recorded every lecture. Two sessions occurred at the same time, so I was not able to be at both simultaneously. Furthermore there are no introductions captured in the audio files, so it is up to the listener to discern who exactly is speaking. For those in attendance, it shouldn't be too difficult. The papers that correspond to the audio files can be accessed at http://www.acsforum.org/symposium2015/papers.htm.
- The Spirituality of Rooted Culture: 1. Nader Ardalan: Mud and Mirror. 2. Linda Berry:‘O ka Wai ka ‘Ipuka I ka ‘Uhane: Water as Doorway to Spirit. 3. Hyejung Chang:Community as Virtue: Returning to our Native Spirit.
- The Spirituality of Landscape Viewed Through the Lens of Art: 4. Rebecca Krinke: The Lightning Field: Experiences in a Ritualized Landscape - Investigating a Contemporary Landscape of Contemplation. 5. Dennis Winters: Georgia O’Keefe and Spirituality of the Sexually Charged Landscape. 6. Katherine Bambrick Ambroziak: Environments of the Found Object: Revealing Value through a Process of Seeking and Making.
- Spirituality in Architectural Experience: 7. Anat Geva: Nature as the Spiritual Foundation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sacred Architecture: Earth, Sky, Light, and Water. 8. Lindy Weston: Gothic Architecture and the Liturgy of Construction. 9. Karla Britton: The River and The Point: Case Studies in Secular Spirituality.
- Body, Time, and Movement in Relation to Spirituality: 10. Brandon Ro: Sacred Time as One Eternal Round: Understanding the Chiastic Pattern of Temple, Cosmos, History. 11. Jody Rosenblatt: Heidegger’s Path. 12. Galen Cranz: The Body As a Site of Spiritual Practice: Can Architecture Help?
- Sources of Place and Spirituality: 13. Tom Bender: Life-Force Energy: The Sacred Root of Place, Architecture, and Community. 14. Elizabeth Devereaux: Spiritual and Artistic Inspiration of Nature. 15. Chelsea Rushton: Motherland: Making Space for the Sacred, Creating Sacred Space.
- The Aural in Sacred Space: 16. Mark Baechler & Tammy Gaber: The Voice of Abraham’s House. 17. Trent Smith: Enhancing Contemporary Acapella and Sacred Harp Worship: Variations on Spatial Arrangement and Hierarchy.
- Quotidian Environments and the Sacred: 18. Michael Crosbie & Suzanne Bott: Discovering The Sacred Within the Quotidian: The Role Of ‘Spirit Of Place’ in Creating Sacred Environments. 19. Christopher Domin Judith Chafee: Art and Daily Life. 20. Jill E. Bambury: The Sacred in the Street; Care Giving and Community Building as Everyday Spiritual Practice.
- Environment and Spirituality as Reflected in the Written Word: 21. Ben Jacks: Sacred and Real: Instrumental and Transcendent Writing About Architecture and the Built Environment. 22. Thomas Barrie: Modernism and the Domestic. 23. Clive Knights: The Crisis of Expectations: Recovering the Figurative in Architecture.
- Keynote Lectures: 24. Norman Crowe: Science, Spirituality and Nature: A View from New Mexico. 25. Rina Swentzell: Being in Place: Architecture and Spirituality in the Pueblo World. 26. Eliana Bormida & Eduardo Vega Connecting Man, Culture And Nature: Wine Landscape And Architecture In Mendoza, Argentina.
Do you have anything to add to this story? Will you be attending ACS 8? Are you writing an academic paper to submit to next years symposium? Let me know in the comments below.