The International Conference of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy is brought to Iasi by RVP Iasi Center on October 27-28.
Under the topic Re-Learning to be Human for Global Times, this CRVP conference will discuss How Intercultural Encounters (Re)Shape the Contemporary World.
Be it for a sacred space or a seat of power, a common area or a private room, the ceiling represents the upper limit of livable space, as perceived from within. It transforms natural space into a domestic environment. Ceilings are paradoxical elements: their protective obstruction can be creatively turned into a physical or symbolic opening to the above, thus making present what they conceal.
In older and newer cultures alike, ceilings function not so much as a boundary of vision, but as a reflection of a reality which is otherwise not visible and which permeates or makes itself present through this particular physical border. The architecture of roofs and the treatment of the ceilings ultimately reflect a culture’s understanding and symbolic representation of what is above, a beyond opening from top to bottom.
Have you ever noticed a remarkable ceiling? How does it reflect the material heritage and spiritual intuitions of a culture?
Here is one example for our Workshop on Artifacts in Intercultural Encounters:
The National Pastime of America: Baseball. Why is a slow, plodding game, derived from Cricket, the favorite sport of a nation of frenetic activity and constant change?
by John Farina
Feel free to bring any artifact you consider relevant or its image/sound recording, accompanied by a one-page commentary.
When passing one’s own cultural gate, an intermediate space opens up where the signs of one’s culture and of other(s) co-exist… The path features a new, unexpected opening – the opening above, the blinding light of the beyond offering that which cannot be anticipated or encompassed. Can you think of other such transitional spaces?
To pass the gate to cultural encounters and spiritual opening, it is necessary to find the key. We must each look for a key that fits our own horizon, our own gates back home. Some keys will not work, yet they must be tried. This too is part of the experience, preparing for what lies beyond…
Question: In your own cultural and spiritual environment, what are some instances of the cultural need of the other? What triggers the need to understand the other, the one belonging to a different cultural and spiritual space? Can you illustrate such instances with pictures?