2015 Workshop Publications

Post-Party Governance Workshop (CASBS, Stanford University)

Bai, Tongdong
Fudan University

The Confucian Hybrid Regime for All

Bell, Daniel
Berggruen Institute

Post-Party Politics in Context: China and the West

Fukuyama, Frank
Stanford University

Response to the Concept Paper

Levi, Margaret
CASBS at Stanford University

On Democracy

Macedo, Stephen
Professor of Politics at Princeton University

Discussion Brief for Berggruen Institute Workshop: Post-Party Politics

Wang, Hui
Professor at Tsinghua University

The Crisis of Representativeness and Post-Party Politics

Yao, Yang
Professor at Peking University

Reflection on the Disinterested Government and the Selectocracy in China

Zheng, Yongnian
Professor at National University of Singapore

The Chinese Communist Party: An Interpretation

Self and the Meaning of Life (CASBS, Stanford University)

Afsaruddin, Asma
Indiana University

The Qur’an and Human Flourishing: Self, God-consciousness and the Good Society from an Islamic Perspective

Ames, Roger
University of Hawai’i

Confucian Role Ethics and Personal Identity

Baggini, Julian

The Ego Trick

Bilgrami, Akeel
Columbia University

Gandhi, the Philosopher

Goldstein, Rebecca Nerberger
New College of the Humanities, London UK

Notes on Mattering Theory (With Apologies for the Piecemeal and Informal Character of These Pages)

Hershock, Peter
University of Hawai’i

Personhood and Virtuosic Relationality: Buddhist Perspectives

Iyer, Pico

The Desert and the Garden

Kasulis, Thomas
Ohio State University

Playing the Field: Reflections on the Traditional Shinto Self

Li, Jin
Brown University

Fan Chung-yen, a Confucian Self Worth Emulating

Ogilvy, Jay

Deacon’s Ontology(?) of Selves

Slingerland, Edward
University of British Columbia

Try, But Not Too Hard: Cultivating the Moral Sprouts

Wong, David
Duke University

Perspectives on Human Personhood and Self from the Zhuangzi

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.

RAVE (IRCAM 2021) https://github.com/acids-ircam/RAVE