Natasha Vita-More
Since the beginning
Works in Austin United States of America

BIO
Education
MPhil/PhD Candidate - Planetary Collegium
Masters of Science — University of Houston
Art Masters Program — Academia Bella Arte (Ravenna, Italy)
Bachelors of Fine Arts — University of Memphis
Future Studies — UCLA Extension (Cosmology, Social Science, Futurism)
American Muscle & Fitness Association (Certified Personal Trainer)
American Muscle & Fitness Association (Certified Nutritionist)
Blackstone School of Law — (Paralegal certificate)
University of California Los Angeles — (Technical Writing)
HTML Writers Guild — (Animation Certificate)
Affiliations
Extropy Institute — President, 2000-2005
Transhumanist Arts & Culture — Founder and Director, 1983-2005
World Transhumanist Association — Honorary Vice Chair 2000-2005
Alcor Foundation, Council of Advisors, 1999-2005
Foresight Institute — Senior Associate, 1995-2005
Screen Actors Guild — Actor, 1991-2005
EZTV— Artist of the Month series

Talks & Writings
"Talent for Living: Cracking the Myths of Mortality" - talk presented at Alcor 4th Technology Conference, 2000
Create/Recreate: The 3rd Millennial Culture - book to be published 1997, 2nd Edition 2000
"Sensorial Mix - The Future of the Senses" - talk presented at EXTRO4, Berkeley, California, 1999
"Arts Science Blend" - Panelist, ASCI Conference an Future of Arts and Sciences 1999
"The Future of Gender an d Sexuality" - Panelist, EXTRO3 Conference 1997
"Ageless Thinking" - Resources for Independent Thinking, Oakland, CA 1996
"Reinventing Art - Recreating Reality" Speaker and panelist, EXTRO-2 Conference, Los Angeles, CA 1995
"Future 2000" - Guest Speaker/Futurist 1993
"Art, Music & Entertainment" 1st Japan - America Grassroots Summit , Tokyo, Japan 1991
"Stop The Sledgehammer Headache" - Ladies Home Journal 1995
Hollywood Reporter - Stringer writer 1985-1990
"Challenges for the Future" - Telluride Elementary School 1986
"Space Camp" UCLA Extension - "Fast Forward to the Future" 1985

Selected Art Exhibitions
Primo Posthuman 3M+ Collaboration with Scientific Team 2003
Extropic Art Virtual Gallery, Internet 1998
London Contemporary Museum 1998
The Akus Gallery, New York 1997
Otis Parsons Gallery, Los Angeles 1989
Interview Magazine - Portraits of the Stars 1987
EZTV Media Gallery, Los Angeles 1987
Olympic Arts Festival, Los Angeles 1985
Monument Valley National Park, Arizona 1980
Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco 1980
Kyoto Convention Center, Japan 1979
Memphis Art Academy, Memphis, Tennessee 1979
Zoline/Clark Gallery, Telluride, Colorado 1975-1979
Accademia Belle Arti, Ravenna, Italy1975
Alice Bingham Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee 1970
University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee 1970
Brooks Memorial Museum, Memphis, Tennessee 1970

Selected Internet.art and Performance Art
The Aesthetics of Memetic Evolution 1998
The Automorpher, Electronic Cafe International and the InfoZone 1996
Spacegirls, Electronic Cafe International 1992
Tin Brain, At Sunset (Tribute to Volker Schloendorff) 1986
Where I Come From, American Film Institute 1983
Liquid Sky, Filmex International Film Festival 1985
Happening Hertzog, Telluride Film Festival (Tribute to Werner Hertzog
and Fitzcarraldo in collaboration with Les Blank) 1982
Sleeping Goddess, Waking Muse, Haleakala Volcano, Maui 1981
Silk Umbrellas, Kyoto, Japan 1980
Night Sky, Navajo I, Memphis Art Academy; Navajo Reservation 1980
Hi-Minds High-Places, Arts & Sciences (Observatory) 1979
Breaking Away, Red Rocks Amphitheater 1979
Green, Amazon Jungle (Mauhaus, Brazil) 1978

Awards/Honors
Future Institute Award for Transhuman.org Web site - http://www.transhuman.org, 1998
EZTV — Artist of the Month - February, 1996
United States Film Festival — Selected video, T - And Counting 1993
Interview Magazine — Portrait of Raquel Welch 1988
Women in Video — 2 Women in B&W, Special Recognition 1986
Paris Arts Festival — Invited Guest Artist 1980
Telluride Film Festival — Poster Design 1978
National Endowments for the Arts — Arts & Sciences - Guest Artist 1978
Brooks Memorial Museum — 1st Place semi-national competition 1975

Producer/Host

Transhuman UPdate 1987-1999
Host and producer of an educational cable tv show on breakthrough technologies and culture. We take a look at how culture is changing and where it is going. Topics include: Bio-technology, Life Extension, AI and Uploads, Transhumanism, Cyberspace, Cryonics, Space Exploration, World Wide Web and Virtual Communities, Ethics, Future Femmes, Body Sculpting

Film and Video

Tim "Movie of the Week" - starring Candice Bergman, video clip 1996
Timothy Leary in Conversation Producer - Conversation between Timothy Leary, video 1996
Muse of Eternal Life - BBC Documentary, Performed poetry 1997
Blue Pearl - Lead actor, independent film, Marilee Albert, Dir., Shadow Ranch Productions 1996
Flex It - Performance Art, video 1995
T —And Counting, Co-lead actor, video, exhibited at U.S. Environmental Film Festival 1992
2 Women in B&W - Lead actor, video exhibited at Women In Video, 1986
Murphy's Law - Actor, Canon Films, J. Lee Thompson, Dir, 1986
Six Shots - Actor, High Definition, Zoetrope Studios, Francis Ford Coppola, Dir. 1982

PERSONAL ENDORSEMENTS AND COMMENTS

The lovely Natasha, artist and body builder!
Geraldo Rivera, The Geraldo Rivera Show

There is something very special about Natasha’s (f/k/a Nancie Clark) art. There is a great clarity — this fine young artist will give people something with which they can live forever. Good luck, Natasha! Fondly, Paul Kohner, Paul Kohner Talent Agency

Your work deserves to be seen by the world. Keep your magic!
Volker Schloendorff, (Academy Award Film Director, The Tin Drum)

You are a catalyst in the virtual salon of ideas.
Dr. Timothy Leary

Natasha Vita-More is an artist with a quality of warmth and depth. She is an artist whose time has arrived.
George Slaff, (Former Mayor of Beverly Hills)

... a woman of strong and magical style ...
Warren Beatty, film actor/director

A superhuman object of desire combining Madonna, Schwarzenegger, and Marcel Duchamp.
Matthew DeBord, Atlantic Unbound, contributing editor of Feed

Your head should be preserved!
Christina Ferrera, TV host Home and Family

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DISCUSSION

Postmortem Art


We may have the dead with us in memory, but this rationalization does not help those who are dead. The process of entropy or decay may be romanticized to promote the balancing act of life or the yearning for a hug from nature in assuming death is a natural process of life. But in fact death is death and no one really, truly wants to die or to experience the death of their loved ones.

Thus, a goal is to extend life as long as desirous for a person and to methodically and earnestly transform the meaning and practice of biological death so that it becomes optional rather than mandatory.


DISCUSSION

DISCUSSION

Configuring Hegemony Into the Post-Human Culture of Tomorrow


The world has always been radically unequal. But that is not the point. The point is we ought to know better and make it a priority not to be radically unequal. The economic imbalance is, frankly, disgusting and shameful. But let's move on ... McGibbon, as well as many other informed individuals recognize this. The difference between McGibbon and other individual who are highly informed is the vision to see opportunities for change and the resolve to dare to change them.

You are right, the future is not inevitable and I did suggest possible futures. This is not a contradiction. The only way we can envision and resolve issues concerning our current status and the future is by carefully investigating futures and possible options. Technology is one means.

Allow me to quote you here: "Or am I wrong and poor people throughout the US are the majority adopters of iPhones, quad-processor AlienWare gaming machines, the latest in medical treatments, experimental cancer treatments, and hyper-early-warning medical testing technology? If you think so you must be reading very different statistics and news stories from the ones I read."

I'm not sure of your sources, but the stats do reveal that the spending of dollars outweights the saving of dollars among those with the lowest income. Foreclosures are more rampant in the lower income than the high incomes. This is quite a disaster - especially with companies like Countrywide lenders/mortgage companies who pretty much trick first time house buyers into making purchases beyond their means.

Another can of worms. The point is that I currently live in a poor neighborhood. My neighbors have TV's larger than mine. Even though 10 people live in one house and I live with my husband, a dog and 2 cats, I'd rather spend what little I have on my education. This is only a matter of priorities.

But back to the central issue. There is a black-market that sells tech toys very, very cheap. Most of the toys are stolen and some are rip-offs. I'm not saying that the person on the street with a sign that says, "God loves you! Give me a dollar. God thanks you." have iPods, etc. But the average low income household - I mean very low, does want things too and is quite inventive in finding ways to get them.

Thanks for your insights.

DISCUSSION

Configuring Hegemony Into the Post-Human Culture of Tomorrow


It is true that I am wealthy, but not in the ways you assume. I am wealthy in my physiology because I have survived cancer twice, I am wealthy in my mind because I aspire to continue learning, and I am wealthy in spirit because I seek a more refined consciousness. But most importantly, I have great wealth socially because I think about the future and I think about the pros and the cons of technological advancements equally.

You are correct that class differences cannot disappear simply because they are willed to disappear. Class structures fade due to many variables, only one of which is human activism. The others entail economic, technological, political, and environmental influencers. And this brings up a solid talking point.

Your question, "Can we ensure that all members of our society will benefit from these innovations" is inspiring but implausible because there are no absolutes outside the carbon trail of humanity and the chemical reactions of the universe. And even there, we can only recognize what we can see with the aid of technology and human imagination and conjecture.

The key issue about "delivery" to all participants, and I will add “equality in availability”, in the social fabric has been and continues to be one of the only constants and even here there are varying degrees. Buckminster Fuller tried to drill this into society's consciousness and it didn't stick. We do have the potential, the mechanics, the sensibility and the innovations to help all society. That is not the problem. The problem is distribution. What causes the problem of distribution? For the most part political systems. What makes up a political system? Beliefs - people and their beliefs. So what does this mean? Okay, back to square #1.

Taking square #1 to task is crucial. How can we do this? One option is to investigate the potential of nanoassemblers and desktop nanopublishing. The benefits of nanotechnology, especially assembler nanosystems, cannot be totally sequestered to the hands of the monetarily wealthy. It simply does not work that way.

Natasha Vita-More

Once the town crier was the only source of providing the wealth of communication. Eventually the cell phone appeared and more Hispanic illegal aliens in downtown Los Angeles had cell phones than blue or white collar executives and information was free. The only cost was curiosity, a yearning for knowledge and an ability to make connections between neurons.


DISCUSSION

Configuring Hegemony Into the Post-Human Culture of Tomorrow


Well said. Thank you. This topic is very much on my mind today. I just completed my most recent nanotechnology column - http://www.nanotech-now.com/columns/ Forgive me for posting it at your party, but I thought you might be interested.

Keep up the great work!

Natasha