About the conference
The legacy of Gregory Bateson admonishes our generation to move beyond the individualism and exclusion that is prominent in contemporary society, toward sustaining webs of relationship in community, work and government.
Bateson’s work was broadly influential, particularly in the development the environmental movement and the field of family therapy. This conference brings together these influences and celebrates their impact, while projecting them onto the canvas of the future.
This project is the vision of Lynn Hoffman, family therapy pioneer and scholar of Bateson’s writings. The conference will bring together thinkers and influencers from around the world, to discuss and chart a way forward into the newness and challenges of the Rhizome Century.
Lynn Hoffman's imagining of this kind of work has been sharpened by two particular thinkers: Gregory Bateson and Gilles Deleuze, the originator of the rhizome concept. Their ideas will be a focus within this event. The presenters come from Canada, USA, Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Mexico and Brazil.More Info
Sessions and Format
The conference is a meeting of people and ideas. The presenters and participants will share their ideas and their influences, particularly how these ideas shape their views on life, community and work.More Info
Venue: Granville Island, Vancouver
The conference will take place in a restored industrial building on Granville Island in False Creek in the heart of Vancouver. The Island is home to a thriving artisan community, theatres, restaurants and a world famous public market.More Info
It became evident that metaphor was not just pretty poetry, it was not either good or bad logic, but was in fact the logic on which the biological world had been built, the main characteristic and organizing glue of this world of mental process that I have been trying to sketch for you. –– Gregory Bateson - Gregory Bateson, http://www.site.com
I felt that Bateson was saying that there is a hidden language known to animals and mad people and artists. –– Lynn Hoffman - Lynn Hoffman, http://www.site.com
There is no work of art that does not call on a people who do not yet exist. ––Gilles Deleuze - Lynn Hoffman, http://www.site.com