M.A. Greenstein (keynote)


PODS, WEBS and NEURAL NETS: From Chordate Artist to Global Brain


What needs or aspects do evolution and technology have in common? This is a question posed by visionary biotech commentator Kevin Kelly to an audience at one of the recent TED conferences. I would add to Kelly’s question, what do evolution and technology have to do with the global future of art? We could easily start with the observation that all connective and interdependent aspects of artistic culture – its multi-channeled network of markets, academies, collectives and practices have been extended and re-imagined by bio-electronic wizards from Sydney to Los Angeles. We are all advanced vivisystems, finding our private chordate ancestry emerging into the free space of the global brain.


M. A. Greenstein is an internationally recognized, comparative art and cultural theorist who has spent the last fifteen years researching two provocative and interrelated realms of human passion and ingenuity, namely, the late 20th century development of “contemporary” AsiaPacific art and the neuroaesthetic intelligence of the human body. As a past Fulbright Senior scholar in Taiwan/China, founding co-editor of ArtUS and author of over 100 published works, Dr. Greenstein has focused on idiosyncratic ideas and innovations made by rigorous thinkers from Mumbai to Melbourne who regard culture and the human body as zones of inquiry and experimentation and for whom art production exists as a project of neuroaesthetic transformations. Dr. Greenstein is currently on the faculty at Art Center College of Design where she has innovated courses on AsiaPacific art and Post-Humanism, and is the founder of The George Greenstein Institute for Health and Healing.