Tech x Arts x Regenerative Healing: a discussion with Adah Parris, Dr Graham Campbell, Heather Gordon Athie, Tony Langford & Tom Galea
The past 18 months have tested us all, & yet despite their evident physical disconnect, new connections have been born; old habits have been questioned & new, more mindful ways of being have taken their place. We have slowed down – more being, less doing – & our mental health & wellbeing has been pushed into the spotlight, finally.
Interestingly it is an interweaving of technology & nature that have been our lifelines in these extraordinary times, with the arts at the helm. We have spent more time online than ever, sparking new connections & shedding layers from the comfort of our own homes. And we have re-appreciated nature, slowing down to feel her seasons & enjoying time to just be in her beautiful living network. With the rise of holistic technologies, creative therapies, tools & communities, our relationships with tech has shifted too – from fast access skim & scroll to more mindful deep dives – inspiring interconnection rather than escaping it.
In this panel we’ll consider the interplay of these two living webs, digital & natural, in our individual & collective healing journeys; & how it is our innate creativity that bridges the gap, regenerating connections, internal & external, to learn, explore & heal from within.
We are honoured to have such a wealth of experience & knowledge joining us for this panel, & welcome as many of our Noisily family as possible to join the conversation on the MIND stage, Saturday 1115 – 1245pm.
THE PANEL –
Our wonderful host, Adah Parris is a futurist, cultural strategist, systems designer and artist. A polymath and enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories. In 2020 she was shortlisted as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Technology; in 2019 she was recognised as one of TED Talks Global Emerging Innovators; in 2018 she was recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in Technology. Her current interest lies in the anatomy of transformation and innovation, from ancient wisdom, natural systems and indigenous community practices to digital and emerging technologies.
Tony Langford has a diverse background overlapping music, the arts, technology and wellbeing. As founding director of Kinetica Museum, he has established networks with artists, neuroscientists, academics and performers who are using some of the latest interactive, holographic and immersive technologies. He is also a Co-Director of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence and at the forefront of research into how the creative arts, music and technology can have a demonstrable beneficial impact on mental health.
Dr Graham Campbell has worked for the past 15 years as a psychiatrist in the NHS. In October 2019, he led the creation of Modulate – a project to bring MIDI-synchronised electronic music jamming to people recovering from severe mental health challenges.
Tom Galea is co-founder of Lumenate, a project that explores different techniques to naturally induce altered states of consciousness. In the last year they have developed the Lumenate App which uses research-backed stroboscopic light sequences from your phone’s flashlight to neurologically guide you into an altered state of consciousness between that of deep meditation and classic psychedelics.
Heather Gordon Athie is founder of Caluna Wellness, running wellbeing events, workshops & retreats all over the world. She’s a certified Level 2 Wim Hof Method instructor, Mental Resilience Coach, Nutritional Health Coach & Yoga Instructor. Based out in Kilifi, Kenya, she has seen the majority of her work shift online in the past 18 months & is passionate about empowering people to take ownership of their health & that of our beautiful planet.
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