KIN will be taking over the Arnolfini for a long weekend with a multi-room extravaganza of music, conversations, games, skill-sharing and theatrical explorations, with activist meet-ups, live art and wandering provocateurs. Each of the six rooms has a full programme, and the spaces have been uniquely designed with participation and connection in mind. Please note that capacities are limited for each room, so please arrive early to your chosen sessions to guarantee entry.
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From the stables of the highly regarded Boneshaker Magazine, lead writer Jet McDonald offers an enlightening, multi-layered talk that applies philosophy to modern life conundrums, using the experience of a bicycle journey and the components of a bicycle as metaphors to help us understand philosophy – and therefore ourselves.
His talks are based on his book project, Mind Is the Ride, in which he uses the perspectives or ‘gears’ of philosophy to describe what goes on in the mind of a cyclist. As he cycles from Bristol to the southern tip of India, each chapter and each component of the bike, fit together to make a kind of rolling jigsaw from Western to Eastern philosophy; thereby helping us to understand the pleasures and pains of cycling, and more generally, the pleasures and pains of life. Western philosophy has long divided the mind and body into separate halves whilst Eastern philosophy offers a more integrated sense of self. Mind is the Ride is the journey from this ‘part’ sense of ourselves to a more whole understanding, embodied in the bicycle ride itself.
Essentially Jet uses the bike ride as a way to help us understand our modern lives and be healthier and happier on and off the bicycle.