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Golden Ratio

A 45 mins sensorial journey by Valerie Renay (writer/ narrator/ singer)

Live music and video projections by Sebastian Lee Philipp

Synopsis:

Phi is a number of approximately 1.61803 that appears everywhere in nature.

The familiar spiral shapes the tail of a seahorse, sunflowers, deadly tornados, snails, seashells, the winds of hurricanes, galaxies.

Phi appears in the measurements of our bodies, our DNA, architecture from the pyramids to Le Corbusier, the Holy Bible, paintings from Leonardo Da Vinci to Dali, music from Bach to Debussy.

Does it mean the world was intelligently designed, and not a cosmic coincidence? Or is the golden ration nothing but a human invention, to prove the existence of a higher order of things?

Somewhere deep in the Amazonian forest, the answer might be found.

‘Golden Ratio’ talks about the universe, and why we’re here by titillating your senses in unusual ways. It talks about beauty and meaning, questions the existence of a ‘God’ and our need to believe. It involves feathers and blindfolds, a light breeze on your skin and running in the woods, the strong scent of Lilies and the feeling of walking bare feet on beach sand. An hypnotic voice leads you through a journey starting with the sound of the primordial vibration of earth, ending with acapella singing in complete darkness. It immerses the audience in an environment providing delicate yet powerful sensations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjvROf7UiEc

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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