Edward Cowie is an internationally renowned composer, described in The
Sunday Times as “one of the most original and dazzling musical minds of our
time.” His music has been featured in major festivals all over the world
including four times at the BBC Promenade Concerts. He has also conducted
orchestras and ensembles in five countries. As a pianist, he has recorded for
the BBC, ABCFM and German Radio.
Cowie was the first Artist in
Residence with the Royal Society For the Protection of Birds between 2002-2005
and during the same period, was appointed the inaugural Composer in Association
with the BBC Singers in London.
Originally trained as a physicist
(including a substantial part of his PhD), Cowie also studied painting at The
Slade in London as an external student. He has a doctorate in Music and has
held professorial appointments in the USA, Germany, Australia and the UK.
Cowie’s music is exclusively
published by United Music Publishers in London. He has had more than 30 one-man
shows in galleries in Germany, New Zealand, the UK and the United States. Always in demand as a public speaker, he has given The Gertrude Langer
Memorial Lectures in Australia, and The Ruskin Lecture at Oxford. See his works
Heather Cowie: My life has always been connected to the earth; the
things that shape and move it - visible and invisible. I originally trained as
a geologist and worked in many wild places in Australia and South Africa before pursuing serious visual arts experimentation in the mid 80s. I returned
to university in 1992 to study for a Masters of Creative Arts degree,
specialising in the transformation of music and birdsong into a visual
language. By this time I was exhibiting widely in Australia in both one-person
and group shows.
moved to England, with my composer-husband, in 1995 and settled in Devon. Here the vast expanses of moorland, with its complex layers and marks of history
(both geological as well as ancient human), infiltrated my sensibility and
becamethe generator of a large body of work which culminated in three
soloexhibitions and 11 group shows. I now have a studio in South-west France, where the adventures with the 'organics' of creation continue.....
artwork is embedded in the natural world. I am moved and inspired not only by
the visual beauty and wonder of the forms which surround me but also by the
dynamics of the processes through which these forms have developed. Fundamental
to much of my work is an exploration of time and what happens through time.
Peter Fisher FRCP, FFHom is
Clinical Director and Director of Research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, part of the University College London Hospitals NHS (National
Health Service) Foundation Trust and Europe’s largest public sector
centre for integrated medicine. A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians,
and of the Faculty of Homeopathy, he is a specialist in both homeopathy and
Fisher is also Clinical Lead of the National Institute for
Health and Clinical Excellence’s (NICE) NHS Evidence - complementary and alternative medicine (www.library.nhs.uk/cam). He heads the Complementary and Alternative
Medicine Library and Information Service CAMLIS, www.cam.nhs.uk,
which provides unique access to the CAM literature, and is Editor-in-Chief of
the journal Homeopathy (www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14754916),
published by Elsevier. He is a member of the World
Health Organization’s Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary
Medicine, and awarded the Albert Schweitzer Gold Medal of the Polish Academy of Medicine in 2007. He is Physician to HM The Queen.
service provides treatment for arthritis and rheumatism, integrating conventional and complementary
approaches including acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, diet and
nutrition, autogenic training (a form of stress management therapy) among
others. Referrals to his clinic can be made through the UK NHS ‘Choose &
Book’ electronic system.
Fisher has conducted numerous
research projects in complementary medicine; his
interest in the subject aroused by a visit to China during the Cultural
Revolution while still a medical student at Cambridge University.
Kathy Haffegee is a semi-professional
textile and mixed-media artist whose journey of exploration began when she
retired in 2000 and rediscovered her childhood love of art and sewing.
She developed an interest in patchwork and quilting and progressed to
experiment with embellishing her quilts with hand and free machine embroidery.
Her journey led her
into painting on silk, manipulation and dyeing of fabric, paper and fabric
collage, computer printing and recently the use of gesso, distress and alcohol
inks and bleach. Her inspiration has been fired by her love of nature and plant
forms and the work of contemporary fibre artists such as Gilda Baron, Margaret
Beal, Viv Dunscombe and Maggie Grey.
Kathy has a City and
Guilds qualification in creative embroidery and has been showing and selling her
work and leading workshops in the Milton Keynes area for the last 10 years. She
is a member of the Stacey Hill Stitchers, a group which meets in and supports
the local Museum of Agriculture and Industry. The group’s activities
include making historic costumes and samplers, fund-raising and teaching local
children how to embroider.
Another passion is
her involvement in an International internet Mail Art Group which trades fibre
art items such as Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), fabric postcards, inchies, mixed
media books etc.
Kathy was born in
Essex and initially trained as a nurse at Hammersmith Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital. She then worked as a Health Visitor and tutor for 25 years.
She now lives in Milton Keynes and when not busy with her craft she enjoys
walking, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family of husband, sons
and daughter and grandchildren.
Jade Ho was born
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and became a passionate painter at the age of two,
revealing an unusual sense for colour and style that extends to her daily
dress. Her paintings have attracted the devoted following of parents and
grandparents and appeared in Science in Society, and the cover of the
important Green Energies report. She attends
Kenwood elementary School, likes singing, plays the piano, and is a blue belt
Jasmine Howas born
in Los Angeles, California, and now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her
mother, father, younger sister and fellow artist Jade, and her pet dog and cat.
She attended Kenwood Elementary School, South View Middle School, and is in her
sophomore year in Edina High School, where she is involved in a school
leadership group, a cultural awareness group, and the debate club.
Jasmine started painting and drawing when she was
three years old, when her favourite subject was gardens and raindrops. They
have been featured in many issues of Science in Society, including the
cover of two issues. Jasmine’s current interests include soccer, track and
field (running), reading, ceramics, and sketching.She does not have a specific
career in mind, but does plan on pursuing a college education.
Mae-Wan Ho, B.Sc. (First Class)
and Ph. D. Biochemistry, Hong Kong University, is best known for pioneering
work on the physics of organisms and sustainable systems; also a critic of
genetic engineering biotechnology and neo-Darwinism. She is Director and
co-founder of the Institute of Science in Society, and Editor-in-Chief and Art
Director of its trend-setting quarterly magazine Science in Society. She
has received several awards and recognition for promoting scientific integrity
Regarded by some as “the most
influential scientist alive today,” her work not only informs the public and
policy-makers, but is also appreciated by other scientists as well as those
trained in arts and the humanities, being herself an occasional artist and
poet. Mae-Wan advises national government as well as United Nations agencies
on a range of issues from genetic modification to sustainable agriculture and
renewables energies, and was even asked by the late Malcolm McClaren to be his
scientific adviser when he briefly considered running for the Major of London.
She is much in demand as a public
speaker, and continues to contribute to scientific research since retiring from
academia in 2000. She has more than 170 scientific publications and over 500
popular articles in the most diverse fields across all scientific disciplines.
Her books include Beyond neoDarwinism: An Introduction to the New
Evolutionary Paradigm (1984); Evolutionary Processes and Metaphors
(1988); The Rainbow and the Worm, the Physics of Organisms (1993, 2nd
ed.1998, reprinted 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005; 2006, 3rd ed, 2008); Bioelectrodynamics
and Biocommunication (1994), Bioenergetics (1995); Genetic
Engineering Dream or Nightmare? (1998, 1999, reprint with extended
introduction, 2007); Living with the Fluid Genome (2003); The Case
for a GM-Free Sustainable World (2003, 2004); Unravelling AIDS (2005);
Which Energy? (2006); Food Futures Now (2008); Green Energies,
100% Renewables by 2050 (2009).
Michel Kappeli was raised in an
urban environment. After art school in Switzerland and years of travel, he
stayed in a remote place in Finland, where his fascination for transformation
in nature became the focus of his artistic concepts. His first-prize-winning
project in a national art-on-building competition featured the environment in
the structure of the building.
Back in Switzerland, he infused the urban with structures of nature. With materials such as
silicone and PVC, he built organic structures. Even for printing, by tradition
an extremely exact way to create replicas, he created soft printing blocks of
silicone to achieve different results from print to print.
Time as a guide-line
for transformation appeared in his first works of manipulated urban sounds. The
original sound of a scene was gradually decelerated; the perceiver led from a
known environment to a transformed circumstance, where the now slowed,
alienated sounds were received as intensified images created by ones’ own
At the exhibition in
a neo-Gothic church, organized by the famous gallery owner Diego Stampa, the
Director of the Basle Art Hall Peter Pakesch and the priest Felix Felix, the
concept of transformation of Michel Kappeli’s former soundscapes was adapted to
a corridor of twelve three-dimensional 17-foot tall pictures made of sculpted
heavy plastic sheets. Starting from a human figure, the development from one
image to the next, led from a surface zoomed more and more into detail, until
it reached the structure of a microscopic world.
What was divided into
sequences of evolution in his sculptural “paintings” was later compressed to
layers of painted transparency film, and combined into single three-dimensional
conditions of presence found a new intensity in his light performances, which
he painted with a coloured torchlight in a darkened room. The sound of a
decelerated everyday scene was the guide-line for the evolution of the image.
The sum of all the movements of light was captured on the film of a camera with
a constantly open shutter. The final image captured by another camera on
Polaroid was then shown to the public.
The experiments with
light and sound led also to performative sculpting and combinations of words
and pictorial metaphor.
What were artistic
concepts of deceleration and transformed visions suddenly found their parallel
in his own experience of a road accident. The intensity of crossing a
borderline between different conditions of consciousness resulted in a new
artistic focus on uncharted spaces beyond known surfaces.
Water as one of the
most important elements became his new field of experiments – with stunning
results. His vision could be titled: Crossing the Threshold.
Michel Kappeli has
won several prizes. His works are found in many public buildings and
collections. The first presentation in a museum exhibition was at Museum
Tinguely in Basle, Switzerland. He now lives in a remote village in France. He is member of the French artist assosiation Maison des Artistes.
Michael Meacher MP was educated at Berkhamstead School, New College Oxford
and the London School of Economics in the UK. He joined the Labour Party in
1962, and has been Labour Member of Parliament for Oldham West (now Oldham West
and Royton) since 1970. In a long and distinguished political career that
included Under Secretary for Industry, 1974-75, Under Secretary for Health and
Social Security, 1975-79, Member of Labour Party National Executive Committee
1983-89, Member of Shadow Cabinet 1983-1997, Principal Opposition Front Bench
Spokesman on: Health and Social Security 1983-87, Employment 1987-89, Social
Security 1989-92, Overseas Development and Co-operation 1992-93, Citizen’s
Charter and Science 1993-94, Meacher is best-known and best-loved as Minister
of State for the Environment and Privy Counsellor May 1997 – June 2003. He
played a pivotal role in securing the international Cartagena Protocol on
Biosafety on the regulation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and has
insisted on independent scientific evidence on safety of GMOs ever since
Meacher has been a friend and
patron of ISIS since its founding in 1999. He is currently a Parliamentary
representative and member of UNISON. His other affiliations are the Fabian
Society, SERA and the Child Poverty Action Group. He is author of Destination
of the Species: The Riddle of Human Existence (O Books, 2010).
Jim Oschman is a pioneer in ‘energy medicine’,
which aims to provide a Western scientific basis for complementary and
alternative medicine (CAM). He has both the academic credentials and the
background in CAM for this important task, having published 26 full-length
scientific papers in leading academic journals and 50 articles in CAM journals.
Oschman has lectured
widely on the energetic processes taking place in the therapeutic situation. He
has developed many scientific insights that can help therapists from every
tradition understand and advance their work and explain it to others. His
ground-breaking series of articles on "healing energy" published in
the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies have been developed into
a book, Energy Medicine: the scientific basis (Harcourt
Brace/Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh, 2000). This book gives the most sceptical
academic scientists and medical researchers a theoretical and practical basis
for exploring the physiology and biophysics of energy medicines. A second book,
Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and
Human Performance, was published in 2003 by Harcourt Health
Sciences/Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford.
Oschman has degrees
in Biophysics and Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, and has worked in
major research labs around the world, including Cambridge University UK;
Case-Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio, USA; the University of
Copenhagen, Denmark; Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA, where he
was on the faculty; and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole,
Massachusetts, USA, where he was a staff scientist.
To learn about the
theories and practices underlying CAM, Oschman has both attended classes and
presented workshops at various schools around the world, and experienced a wide
range of bodywork techniques. This has brought Jim several distinctions,
including the Presidency of the New England School of Acupuncture, a
Distinguished Service Award from the Rolf Institute, the Founders Award from
the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine, Presidency of the
International Society for Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, and a Career
Honour from the Second International Fascia Research Congress held in Amsterdam
in October 2009.
Oschman continues his
research and writing in Dover, New Hampshire, where he is President of Nature's
Own Research Association.A much sought-after public speaker, Oschman has
lectured and presented workshops in more than 20 countries and in dozens of
cities in the USA. He has also become involved in the development and testing
of cutting-edge medical devices and other applications of energy medicine.
Li Poon was born
and brought up in Hong Kong where he began oil painting as a teenager for
commercial galleries before winning a competition in Chinese painting. He
graduated with a first class degree in Applied Physics and Information Science
from University of California, San Diego in the United States, and started a
Ph. D. in engineering. But his artistic impulse soon took over and he became a
serious artist instead. He settled in Toronto, Canada, and began innovating in
multiple media and artistic traditions, fusing traditional Chinese, European,
and meso-American in unpredictable ‘free and floating’ ways.
Poon has produced paintings in at least 5 or 6 different styles over a period
of some 40 years. His later works have appeared frequently both on and inside
the covers of Science in Society, and much admired for their
“shamanistic” qualities, appealing especially to other artists as well as
Matt Poon grew up in Hong Kong, pursued his
Engineering studies in Canada, and subsequently settled in Australia. He rediscovered his childhood passion for painting four years ago when he was
lucky enough to be tutored by the late Wenda Ashton of the renowned Ashton
family. He experiments with watercolour and charcoal, painting a wide range of
subjects including land and seascapes, human figures, wild animals and pets. He
has already exhibited widely in Australia and won several prizes including the Peoples’ Choice
Awards of DeeWhy Art & Craft Show four years in a row, 2007-2010. Many of
his paintings have a distinctive poetic quality reminiscent of contemporary
Japanese water colours.
At about the same time
that he took up painting, Matt took some lessons in Tai Chi; and says it would
make him really happy if he can integrate the Tai Chi movements into his art
Alex Smith is Managing Director of Alara
Wholefoods Ltd., which he founded more than 30 years ago. Alex has an abiding
passion for the planet and sustainability, and
over the years, has become renowned for his efforts. He was made a London
Leader of Sustainability in 2009; and along with other high profile business
leaders, was given the task of helping promote sustainable practices throughout
London to businesses and the public. Alex gives lectures around the country
on sustainability and has won a whole host of awards for Alara, including Green
Business of the Year at the Fast Growth Business Awards, Small Company of the
Year at the Food Manufacturer and Excellence Awards (for Alara’s commitment to
environmental principals) and the Food and Drink Federations’ Community
Partnership Award (for Alara’s partnership with numerous community gardens).
Alara has pioneered a
sustainable path for the food industry by becoming the first food company in
the UK to become zero waste, everything from their site is recycled or reused.
It was also the first cereal company in the world to be certified organic, the
first to be licensed for gluten-free production and the first to make Fairtrade
mueslis. Currently Alex is behind a scheme to bring the first small scale
community anaerobic digester to Kings Cross to help generate green energy for
the company and local community.
Julian Voss-Andreae is a German-born sculptor based in Portland, Oregon. Starting out as a painter he changed course and studied physics at the universities
of Berlin, Edinburgh and Vienna. He pursued his graduate research in quantum
physics, participating in a seminal experiment demonstrating quantum behaviour
for the largest objects thus far. He moved to the US in 2000 with his passion
for art rekindled, and graduated from Art College in 2004.
Voss-Andreae’s work is heavily
influenced by his background in science, and has quickly gained critical
attention from multiple institutions and collectors in the US and abroad, including recent commissions for a large-scale outdoor piece for the Scripps Research
Institute in Jupiter (Fla.) and a sculpture for Nobel laureate Roderick
MacKinnon at Rockefeller University in New York City. Voss-Andreae’s work has
been featured in several publications, including Nature and Science,
the world’s leading science journals.