Category Archives: SFI Project

Desert, the Antithesis of Peace. Or Perhaps Not.

I always thought the desert was the antithesis of peace – something that attacks you. So you don’t go to the desert for peace. It’s Sam Shepard, in the interview for The Guardian. The Sam Shepard, Santa Fe Institute’s Miller Scholar, 2010-2011.

Was he right? Was he wrong? I’ll be testing both hyphotheses. A few photos taken in December 2017, during preliminary filming session for a documentary about SFI.

Stay tuned.

Desert singularity of Santa Fe Institute

In autumn 2017 I was honored by an invitation to collaborate with the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. We’ve been working on a documentary movie project depicting this unique non-profit science institution’s search for order in the complexity of evolving worlds. Documentation and the first filming sessions took place in December 2017.

The documentary will emphasize the interdisciplinary character of the research practiced at SFI and will feature:

  • SFI’s director David Krakauer, researching the evolutionary history of information processing mechanisms in biology and culture;
  • SFI’s vice president Jennifer Dunne, a researcher interested in analysis, modeling, and theory related to the organization, dynamics, and function of ecosystems;
  • Geoffrey West, a theoretical physicist fascinated by scaling phenomena, author of Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies (a great book, by the way);
  • legendary writer and SFI trustee Cormac McCarthy, known for novels such as Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men, and The Road;
  • other faculty members, fellows, and visitors of the SFI;
  • the desert.

Today I offer a freshly baked set of raw sample scenes from the project which is currently being developed.