The Art of Learning in Four Movements with Gary David
Hello. Being a musician, I’d like to dialog with you on themes, not topics. We can develop those themes with variations together in 4 movements over 8 weeks:
- Sunday, May 2, 2021
- Sunday, May 16, 2021
- Sunday, May 30, 2021
- Sunday, June 13, 2021
The general themes: learning, the emotional order, and Continuum.
- Learning as presence-extension.
- The nine affects of Silvan Tomkins and the function of shame in learning
- Glimpsing into the origins of Continuum as a method of learning.
- Soma as ‘silence.’
Emilie Conrad and I lived together from 1974-1995. It was in the early stages of the development of Continuum. Emilie was not disturbed that she was limited by the times in which she lived. She sensed that her personal journey would contribute in ways she could not foresee.
It’s not conventional knowledge that movement/change is fundamental and stability is a particular case. It’s Emilie’s great legacy to make that a concrete reality and not just a theory.
What we call ‘body’ is our somatic experience. With all of its spontaneity, soma (‘silence’) is a crucial learning environment for accepting and understanding movement. An emerging model of the human organism is one of converging realities expressed in a music of tensions and resolutions. Learning to navigate in that moving universe requires participation before observation. Continuum Movement is one of those participatory portals into the unknown. It is a methodology of learning on the edge of NOW.
Second, we are emotional creatures with vivid imaginations. The emotional or affective function provides the motivation for what we feel, think, and act. Cognition provides the transformative function, while sensory information provides spontaneous feedback for the whole process. I see an awareness of affect and the ability to contain it as crucial to the “dive” in life in general, and Continuum in particular.
Third, ‘Self’ is where and how attention moves. All attention is motivated by the biology of our emotions (affect). I have explored the motivational-affective function in-depth, mainly through the work of Silvan Tomkins. If identity is where culture directs attention, Continuum offers an opportunity to explore beyond those limits.
Through the poetic figure of Melusine, a figure of European folklore, we can get a sense of what I’m pointing to. Melusine is a feminine spirit of fresh water in a sacred spring or river. She is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down. May I suggest you listen to this audio montage (22 minutes) before we meet?
I look forward to meeting you.
WHEN: Sundays: May 2, 16, 30 and June 13, 2021; 1:00PM – 2:30PM Eastern Time