The Nature of Information

The Nature of Information

Exploring the difference that makes a difference

A better understanding of The Nature of Information and communications is now fundamental to our future.

Addressing this most complex of issues may be more fundamental to our lives and to intentions for sustainability than climate change, population explosions, economic and political realignments or technological developments, and may be of greatest relevance in our need to address all of these other critical ‘grand challenges’.

Some creative thinkers and doers, artists and scientists, companies and institutions are now beginning to explore convergent paths, paying dedicated attention to the nature of information and communication. 

Arts & Sciences: Telluride 2024 will host a special series of in-person and Zoom presentations and conversations with individuals setting creative examples for this most urgent realm of understanding, with insights on the sciences, on technologies, on economies, on ecologies, on learning, on the arts, and on some inspiring, eco-minded, life affirming ways forward.

We invite you to join us.

Richard Lowenberg

“It is hardly to be expected that a single concept of information would satisfactorily account for the numerous possible applications of this general field.”

Arts & Sciences: Telluride 2024

July 26 – August 2, 2024

In September 1979, twenty invited participants came together for Arts & Sciences: Telluride 1979, a weeklong retreat workshop, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, TCAH and the Zoline Foundation. It resulted in a number of significant interactions and follow-up projects.

Commemorating 45 years since this event, Arts & Sciences is now being organized to once again take place in Telluride, with a special weeklong series of public events, discussions, exhibitions and featured Leonardo LASER Zoom exchanges, from July 26 through August 2, 2024.

Primary community partner organizations are the Telluride Science & Innovation Center and the Telluride Institute, both celebrating their 40th anniversary. Wilkinson Public Library, the Ah Haa School and many other community organizations and individuals will also be participating.

Arts & Sciences: Telluride 2024 will feature a series of scheduled Zoom presentations and discussions, with over 25 invited artists, scientists and cross-disciplinary creative activists, who are setting examples for new eco-social collaborations, for addressing ‘grand challenge’ urgencies, and for creating works of heart and mind, in attempts to better understand and illuminate our future.

Summer in Telluride will provide the vitally inspiring high-mountain setting for this adventure.

“Sometimes the dissonance between reality and false beliefs reaches a point when it becomes impossible to avoid the awareness that the world no longer makes sense. Only then is it possible for the mind to consider radically different ideas and perceptions.”

Programs, Partners and Events

Arts & Sciences will host a series of scheduled Leonardo LASER Zoom presentations and discussions, daily from Friday July 26th through Friday August 2nd, with invited participants from around the world, from Telluride, and complemented by additional Telluride interactions and special events.

A small exhibition is planned of Arts & Sciences: Telluride 1979 materials and video documentation. A documentary video will be produced and a report will be published.

Program Schedules and Confirmed Presenters and Participants will be posted here in late June. Stay tuned.

“Just as the physical environment determines what the source of food and exertions of labor shall be, the information environment gives specific direction to the kinds of ideas, social attitudes, definitions of knowledge and intellectual capacities that will emerge.... When there occurs a radical shift in the structure of that environment, this must be followed by changes in social organization, intellectual predispositions and a sense of what is real and valuable.... We might say that the most potent revolutionaries are those people who invent new media of communication, although typically they are not aware of what they are doing.”

Presenters and Participants

Following is a still preliminary list of confirmed LASER online presenters + participants. (* indicates Telluride community based participation.)

* Richard Lowenberg, Independent Artist/Designer, organizer/host, Arts & Sciences: Telluride.

* Telluride Science: Mark Kozak, Dir. + Scientists.

Raphael Arar, Head of Design, One Project + Governing Board, Leonardo/ISAST. 

Shawn Brixey, PhD, Professor/Researcher, Arts and Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Agnes Chavez, Taos, Founder/Dir., STEMarts Lab + “Fluidic Data” sci-art collab., CERN Data Centre, 2018 + FRA guest artist, Fermilab 2024.

* Dan Collins, PhD, Expanded Arts Prof., ASU + Telluride Institute, Board President.

Ricardo Dal Farra, PhD, Argentina, Composer + Dir., Balance Unbalance Conferences.

Daniela De Paulis, Rotterdam, SETI Artist in Residence.

* Jim Enote, Zuni, farmer + CEO, Colorado Plateau Foundation. + Grand Canyon Trust Board.

Dan Goods, Visual Strategist, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.

Art Goodtimes, Poet, farmer + multi-term Green Party, San Miguel County Commissioner + Telluride Institute Board.

Judy Malloy, Information Artist + Lecturer in Art and Technology Studies, SAIC + Author/Ed., Social Media Archeology and Poetics, MIT Press.

Ali Akbar Mehta, Doctoral Researcher, Aalto University + Artists With Evidence

Vinod M. Menon, PhD, Physicist,  Nano-Photonics.

Visakh Menon, Artist/Designer.

August Muth, Holographic Artist.

Issa Nyaphaga, Cameroon, political cartoonist + Art & Media for Human Rights.

Marton Orosz, PhD, Filmmaker, Producer of “György Kepes: Interthinking Art + Science”.

Andrea Polli, PhD, UNM Professor + LASER Santa Fe host/coordinator.

Everardo Reyes, PhD, Professor, Universite Paris 8 – Vincennes-Saint-Denis + Special Projects Dir., SIGGRAPH 2024.

Ken Rinaldo, PhD, Ohio State University, Dir, Arts & Emergent Systems.

Matteo Rini, PhD, Editor of Physics Magazine, Science/Music Dir., NOoSPHERE Arts, Brooklyn.

David Eric Smith, PhD, Physicist, Georgia Tech University + Santa Fe Institute + University of Tokyo.

Edwin A. Valentijn, PhD, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen + InformationUniverse Conf’s.

“It matters… what thoughts think thoughts, what descriptions describe descriptions, what ties tie ties. It matters what stories make worlds, what worlds make stories.”

The Nature of Information

Concepts and Themes

Information and the Origins of Life


Cosmic Sensing, Signals and Semantics


Complexity, Networked Thinking and Visualization


Considering Next Phase Arts & Sciences Initiatives


Beyond Digital: Photonic and Bio-Genetic Futures


Indigenous Ways of Being and Understanding


Extended Mapping, Modeling and Storytelling


Control, Sousveillance, Privacy and Openness


The Ecological Economy of Information


Lifelong Eco-Arts/Sciences Learning


The Sounds and Senses of Life


Thermodynamics and Music


Artful Intelligence

Notes and Credits

Partnerships, sponsorship support and donations are needed and most appreciated.

SciArt Santa Fe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focusing on serving the community with art-science integrated events, programming and educational opportunities is the sponsor of LASER Santa Fe, and of Arts & Sciences: Telluride 2024. Donations are tax deductible.

Fine art digital prints of the Arts & Sciences: Telluride 2024 graphic poster design by Visakh Menon are available for purchase. 

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