Jessica Tully Hosts The Brain in Her Arms: Octopus in Space

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Koret Visitor Education Center

This Thursday Jessica Tully asks us to consider the possible civic implications of the myths and metaphors surrounding the other-worldly octopus. The Brain in Her Ams: Octopus in Space is a discursive, participatory salon game that unpacks possible practical applications of jet propulsion, hyper-flexibility, and clairvoyance in the human realm. With cephalopod expert Richard Ross, and environmental activist Adam Werbach.

Join us as we activate the path of a giant octopus in the Koret Visitor Education Center.

Conversational points of departure:

  • What are the civic implications of shape-shifting?
  • What is the connection between fluidity and flexibility when confronted by conflict?
  • If human arms were able to simultaneously smell, touch and taste how would that change personal relationships? How would that change community organizing?
  • Is decentralized leadership necessarily progressive?


Jessica Tully, artist
Richard Ross, biologist, Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences
Adam Werbach, environmental activist