Class w/Lois Stark: The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times
How do humans make sense of the world? This lecture presents the concept of shape as a key to the past and a way to glimpse the future. In a tour through time from migratory tribes to the modern era, this presentation traces how the very shape of human shelters, social systems, and sacred sites reveal the mental map of an era. Migratory humans understood the world as a web, cycling and interconnected, expressed in round thatched huts and sacred stone circles. Settled humans have ordered their world as a ladder, based on hierarchy and measurement from pyramids to skyscrapers. Today the links and nodes of networks master our daily lives. From tribal rituals to gravity-defying architecture in China, to views from space, we shape our world, and then it shapes us.