Konstantin Ivanov
The Sky as a Mirror of Terrestrial Fate: The Relationship with the Stars from Ancient Times to Our Days
13 January 2016
The rotation of heavens is eternal, just like the world itself. It brings order into life, gives it a certain rhythm where celebrations alternate with household and administrative matters. Calendar, order, harmony, navigation, territorial quarrels on the one hand, and reminder of the eternity, sacred time objectification, ultimate vision test, and materialized unattainability on the other. The lecture ponders bizarre combinations of utter pragmatism of astronomical knowledge and fantasy, spectacle and daring aspiration towards truth. It focuses on the representation of heavenly events in wide sense ranging from astrology forecasts to rigorous positivist theses, visual explorations and resulting generalizations.
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