Longplayer will be presented with the Long Conversation, an epic relay of one-to-one conversations among some of the Bay Area's most interesting minds.
Interpreting the Long Conversation in real time will be a data visualization performance by Sosolimited; an art and technology studio out of M.I.T.
|Speaker 1||Speaker 2||Start||Stop|
|intro||Alexander Rose||3:00 PM||3:03 PM|
|Stewart Brand||Jem Finer||3:03 PM||3:22 PM|
|Jem Finer||Saul Griffith||3:22 PM||3:41 PM|
|Saul Griffith||Emily Levine||3:41 PM||4:00 PM|
|Emily Levine||Jill Tarter||4:00 PM||4:19 PM|
|Jill Tarter||Robin Sloan||4:19 PM||4:38 PM|
|Robin Sloan||Violet Blue||4:38 PM||4:57 PM|
|Violet Blue||John Perry Barlow||4:57 PM||5:15 PM|
|John Perry Barlow||Ken Wilson||5:15 PM||5:34 PM|
|Ken Wilson||Melissa Alexander||5:34 PM||5:53 PM|
|Speaker 1||Speaker 2||Start||Stop|
|Melissa Alexander||Ken Foster||5:53 PM||6:12 PM|
|Ken Foster||Pete Worden||6:12 PM||6:31 PM|
|Pete Worden||Peter Schwartz||6:31 PM||6:50 PM|
|Peter Schwartz||Danese Cooper||6:50 PM||7:09 PM|
|Danese Cooper||Stuart Candy||7:09 PM||7:28 PM|
|Stuart Candy||Katherine Fulton||7:28 PM||7:47 PM|
|Katherine Fulton||Paul Hawken||7:47 PM||8:06 PM|
|Paul Hawken||Tiffany Shlain||8:06 PM||8:25 PM|
|Tiffany Shlain||Jane McGonigal||8:25 PM||8:44 PM|
|Jane McGonigal||Stewart Brand||8:44 PM||9:00 PM|
Jem Finer started working on the concept of Longplayer in the mid 1990's when he was struck by a general lack of long-term vision as we approached the year 02000. He discovered Long Now first through reading about us in Brian Eno's book, A Year With Swollen Appendices and grew to be a close friend of the organization through subsequent conversations and interactions with Brian Eno, Stewart Brand, Danny Hillis and Alexander Rose.
Longplayer grew out of a conceptual concern with problems of representing and understanding the fluidity and expansiveness of time. While it found form as a musical composition, it can also be understood as a living, 1000-year-long process – an artificial life form programmed to seek its own survival strategies. More than a piece of music, Longplayer is a social organism, depending on people – and the communication between people – for its continuation, and existing as a community of listeners across centuries.
Jem Finer is a UK-based artist, musician and composer interested in photography, film, computer science, experimental and popular music and installation. Longplayer represents a convergence of many of his concerns, particularly those relating to systems, long-durational processes and extremes of scale in both time and space.
As part of Longplayer, Long Now is hosting the Long Conversation, a relay of 19 speakers over 6 hours. This format came about as part of the Artangel Longplayer Conversations, produced by The Longplayer Trust in partnership with Artangel, a UK based arts organization founded in 01991, which "commissions and produces exceptional projects by outstanding contemporary artists" (among them, Longplayer). The first few Longplayer Conversations were envisioned as public conversations between leading cultural thinkers who had never met, to engage in a discussion inspired by the philosophical premise of a project which unfolds, in real time, over the course of a millennium. Laurie Anderson and Dorris Lessing inaugurated these conversations in 02005.
Only in 02009, for the first live performance of Longplayer, did the relay style Long Conversation develop. This first Long Conversation unfolded between 19 people over the course of 12 hours; all of the audio of the conversation is available online and to download.
Longplayer & Long Conversation was made possible through the generous support of
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Long Now Membership and our partners the
Contemporary Jewish Museum, SoSo Limited and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.