Presentation of the film
27 January 2023, National Archive of Georgia, Tbilisi
When you enter the Labyrinth, a Beast appears at its centre.
It changes with every step you take.
At the moment of your meeting, you will give it a name.
And it will fulfil it.
A film-parable in which people from twenty countries build and walk the Labyrinth - the oldest tool for understanding the life path, at the centre of which an inevitable meeting and the main choice - between Good and Evil - await each of us. The eternal history of Theseus and the Minotaur, Man and the Beast, is lived here again by everyone.
ABILITY TO LOVE
10-14 October 2022, Mtskheta, Georgia
The NOW Assembly brings together people, themes, ideas, solutions and discoveries of paramount importance for the life of each person and for humanity as a whole.
The first (constituent) NOW Assembly was held in Delphi, Greece on the eve of the pandemic in October 2019, with the participation of 150 prominent scientists and cultural figures from 25 countries.
In 2022, the Assembly is held in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Mtskheta.
There have been many gatherings on a variety of topics, but this, as far as we know, is the first one in history dedicated to the main quality of a human being - the ability to love.
The programme is based, instead of talks and ruminations of "speakers", on immediate experiences and sensations, when key participants are only guides, while the others present are not merely passive listeners, but part to an expedition searching for a true treasure. One that is absolutely essential for any kind of future in which there is life.
HOUR OF VICTORY
9 May 2023, Tbilisi. Georgia
Center of the labyrinth - Edge of life - Crucial moment.
Theseus and the Minotaur - Saint George and the Dragon - Man and Beast.
The City of the Sun? - Babylon? - The Doomed City?
Three dimensions - three angles - three views:
- Alexander and Nicole Gratovsky, creators of the Dolphin Embassy and the NOW Assembly;
- Giorgi Ovashvili, film director, Oscar nominee (film "Corn Island");
- Dima Brikman, photographer and journalist, creator of the Children's Non-Child Question program
23 de Febrero 2022
A TALE: Aliens landed on Earth in search of intelligent life. It turned out to be excessively populated with various animals.
Are there any intelligent beings among them?
From your point of view, what are the criteria for intelligence?
Immersive bestiary - beasts in desperate search of Intelligence. A fable is about the savage and the human, "as if about animals," behind the masks of which, possibly, are humans.
public talk and film screening
4 December 2021, Tbilisi, Georgia
31 May 2021, St Petersburg
The equations of the general theory of relativity indicate that White Holes exist, although until now they have remained hypothetical objects.
In contrast to Black Holes, which absorb everything coming into their field of influence and release nothing outward, White Holes are an inexhaustible source of energy, independent of any external influences.
If a Black Hole is the collapse of space and time, a White Hole is “going beyond the event horizon.”
If travelling into a Black Hole is a fatal attraction, the moment of passing THROUGH a White Hole is a VITAL event, as a result of which Life does not collapse, but blossoms.
SYSTEM OF COORDINATES
Dolphin Embassy course
14-18 October 2020
Main theme: "The Ability to Choose the Present".
When a person loses the image of the future, they become paralyzed. But they still have the opportunity for the Present.
How to stay alive in the era of zombies...
You either give up or convince yourself that you are capable of fantastic things - it depends on understanding who you are and where you are.
To rescue the princess from the tower, you need to know which wall to place the ladder against.
To exit the labyrinth, you need the thread of Ariadne.
Games on the boundaries of anthropology.
Everything necessary is included, everything unnecessary is turned off.
EXPEDITION TO THE PRESENT
a talk at the PIR festival
28 September 2020
Force majeure circumstances — of the force that begins to act through us, changing us.
When we go so far that we forget not only its name, but the very fact of its existence, it returns us to ourselves so that we can be born while we are alive.
You found yourself locked up in your own home, alone with the person living inside your skin, from whom you can’t escape even if you have a QR exit permit.
In this space of yours nobody is interested in who you are for the outside world: the only question is who is inside of you.
At the species level the conditions necessary to complete the past have been created.
If advantage is taken of this, “a new man will be in place of the old.”
Hatching from this cocoon, as whom do we want to be born again?
28 February, "Illuzion"
MYSTERY OF LIFE
5 December, TEDxStrelkaPark
A wonder is an event, the cause and effect of which cannot be determined with contemporary means available to us. We do not see them. These are events with an extremely low, vanishingly low likelihood.
In contemporary physics there exists the so-called standard model. The standard model describes four percent of the universe. This is what we can describe and what we know something about. We know nothing about ninety-six percent of the universe and we cannot describe it.
Ninety-six percent of the universe, it turns out, is the mystery of life.
We cannot describe it in the usual manner and perform this interaction. But here’s a question: maybe we can?
Man is a fantastic carrier of the consciousness that is capable of reducing alternatives and leading to the creation of the new. The realisation of that which did not exist before him.
But the paradox is that in searching for answers in the four percent that is already manifested man does not use his possibilities, while being, in the Anthropocene Era, the very wonder that is capable of bringing through these meanings and realising possibilities, materialising possibilities.
REVELATION OF JONAH
PRESENTATION OF THE FILM
17 November 2019, CineLounge Angleterre, Saint Petersburg
How many times have you managed to feel that something much greater than you surrounds and pervades you? You call it intuition, a premonition or conscience - but who is really knocking inside of you?
Three days, three nights, three lives in the belly of a whale...
Eyes must become accustomed to the darkness in order to learn to distinguish light.
There is no other way to see clearly.
GUIDEBOOK TO THE WORLD OF SUPERPOSITIONS
presentation of the book
16 November 2019, Main Writers's Bookshop, Saint Petersburg
The world in which we live, in every moment and at every point, is alive, unified and intelligent.
A wonder is a manifestation of the unified, living and intelligent nature of the world in a specific single event, chain of events or phenomena.
It is said that once a student came to a master for answers and the latter asked him what was the main problem in human life.
“Is it that a person does not find answers to the main questions?” the student asked. “No. That he does not find questions that are worth looking for answers to.”
It seems that we have enough of such questions.
Searching for answers to them is not boring.
ON THE NATURE OF WONDERS
15 November 2019, Colosseum concert hall, Saint Petersburg
There are questions, the very existence of which, is necessary for life.
Who are you? Where are you from and where do you find yourself?
New anthropology, new physics, new practice.
MEETING AT THE RUSSIAN GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY
13 November 2019
Nature of Wonders
10 - 14 October 2019, Delphi, Greece
The NOW Assembly - Nature Of Wonders is an international gathering of scientists, cultural figures and social practitioners, simultaneously presenting a unified, coherent picture of the world drawn from the most striking scientific breakthroughs and important cultural trends of recent years. Together they transform the system of ideas about the world and humans’ place in it and can possibly lead the humankind out of the civilizational impasse.
MEETING AT THE RUSSIAN GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY
November 20, 2018, St Petersburg
A LIVING BOOK OF THE UNIVERSE
A conference in the program of International Cultural Forum in Saint-Petersburg.
"There are three inseparable essential aspects to it: what is read - the reading - the reader.
It’s a creative process that re-creates anew both the creation and the Creator..."
17 -25 november 2018
Saint Petersburg, Shpalernaya, 56, UNIVERSE OF WATER
Dolphins and whales. The largest mammals and the most powerful predators on the planet.
They are the oldest carriers of consciousness and intelligence, love and tenderness...
They are strikingly similar to us. We are “of one blood”.
To talk of what is "ordinary" for them, is of what is possible for us. About the real us...
- 25 screens with unique photo and video testimonies on the life of free dolphins and whales, by the Dolphin Embassy
- unprecedented materials on the culture, abilities and practices of dolphins and whales
- voices of dolphins, songs of whales and music written and played by expedition members.
Free entrance on the 17-18 November.
P.S. During 2 days the exhibition was visited by 10 thousands persons.
12 VESSELS OF JI
17 november 2018, 20.00
Saint Petersburg, LENFILM
"You do not know anything and you cannot do anything except for one thing...
...Something in comparison to which everything else is trivial, not worth talking about...
The only thing you can do is let the light pass through you.
Through you the possible and the actual are sewn into a single whole."
The multimedia concert premiered and was recordered live on November 17, 2018 at the VII International Cultural Forum in Saint Petersburg..
Watch the video (English subtitles engraved):
Predator Named Tenderness
May 19, 2018
JUST LIKE YOU. Human and Dolphin
Multimedia Exhibition 48 hrs non-stop
November 18 - 20, 2017, Saint Petersburg
During 2 days the exhibition was visited by almost 10 thousands people
November 18, 2017
Saint Petersburg, in the program of the International Cultural Forum
In the program:
* CONFERENCE ON THE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE OF DOLPHINS AND WHALES;
* DOLPHIN AND I - exhibition of children's drawings;
* A LESSON IN DOLPHINISM - environmental lesson for children;
* JUST LIKE YOU. Humans and Dolphins - opening of a multimedia exhibition;
* PLAN A - film screening and presentation of a new book by the Dolphin Embassy;
* DUET WITH A WHALE – multimedia concert by Bernard Abeille.
TAKE FIVE O'CLOCK
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
The event at the legendary Oceanographic Museum of Monaco (Prince Albert 1 Foundation) is part of the Dolphin Embassy’s ongoing expedition which this summer takes place in the Pelagos Sanctuary (France - Monaco - Italy).
A new film - new music - new experiments.
JUST LIKE YOU
inauguration of photo exhibition
JUST LIKE YOU, I breathe air and hold my breath underwater;
JUST LIKE YOU, I feed my children with milk;
JUST LIKE YOU, I teach and rear my children, passing on knowledge and language to them...
DOLPHINITY WORLD FESTIVAL 2017
What if the Ocean is a living being? Is it possible to be in contact with it? What are the conditions for such contact? Consciousness - what is it? What are universally applicable criteria of intelligence? What if they do not match the ones we are accustomed to? How intelligent we ourselves are, when measured against them?
IN SEARCH OF INTELLIGENCE
TEDx talk in Moscow (TEDxSadovoeRing)
If we went to another planet, would we be able to recognize a Mind in its inhabitants?
Public talk and film screening in Kiev
A public talk
Humans and dolphins. Two types of mind, two languages, two cultures. Rigid and fluid. Pleasure or joy. The past and the present. "The Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems" (Galileo Galilei).
NEW YEAR. NEW FILM
Avant-premiere of the film "Intraterrestre. A Fleeting Contact".
Recognizing oneself in the mirror is evidence of self-awareness. When the mirror self-recognition test was invented, dolphins were among the first to pass it. Individual human beings can pass it at the age of one and a half years. But has humanity as a whole reached that age? They are our mirror self-recognition test. A doorway through the looking glass...
of the Dolphin Embassy program 2017-2018
According to one definition, intelligence is an ability to use the powers of the world without destroying the world.
Within the prevailing worldview based on the separation of man and the universe; with the current way of life based on the consumerist attitude to nature; within the existing scientific paradigm based on the concept of self-sufficiency of matter, no solutions can any longer be found.
Finding a way out of the systemic crisis is impossible without a radical change in the ways we see the world. The process can be triggered by the discovery of a different model of mind.
Dolphins and whales as species are a condition for sustainability of the environment. They are directly connected to the fundamentals of life on the planet. While we have been looking for signs of intelligent life in distant galaxies, the bearers of another form of intelligent life have been in front of us, near at hand, all along.
Time has come to get to know each other.
Based on research conducted over ten years in the oceans around the world, the Dolphins Embassy is organizing an international expedition and a series of unprecedented experiments that will:
1. Fulfill the humankind’s centuries-old dream of establishing direct contact with representatives of another form of intelligent life.
2. Present to the public new knowledge about the fundamental structure of the world, the possibilities open to individual humans and the humankind as a whole, about the purpose and nature of consciousness, about ways for sustainable development of the planet, as well as potential effectiveness of social practices (including medicine, education, energy, social relations and spiritual development) – i.e. about a shift in worldview that can provide the humanity with a way out of the current civilizational impasse.
DOLPHINS AND WHALES:
another mind, another language, another culture
Public talk in the program of St Petersburg Cultural Forum
reception at the Dolphin Embassy
October 17, 2016
The presentation of a collection of unique artifacts from different eras and cultures associated with the history of relationships between humans and dolphins. Most of the objects were collected during the Embassy’s round-the-world expedition along the 30th Parallel North.
JUST LIKE YOU
Opening of the photo exhibition "Just Like You" – about the most important aspects that bring us closer to dolphins and whales. They also hold breath when diving, feed children with milk, and make love face to face... just like us.
SEE THE SOUND
reception at the Dolphin Embassy
The first showing of a program that visualizes sounds of whales and dolphins. Unlike humans, the areas of their brains that process audio and visual information are not separated. Dolphins can literally "see the sound". Now we'll see it too.
In the world where we are all inseparably interconnected, time exists no longer: there’s nothing left to consume other than yourself. In the world where we are all inseparably interconnected, there are no longer any distances: if you shoot, you inevitably hit yourself. In the world where we are all inseparably interconnected, there is no longer any imprecision: you cannot receive without giving.
Within the obsolete ways of thinking and acting, based on consumerists urge to “conquer the world”, there are no longer any solutions for the present.
The human race is a part of the Universal body that is invested with the ability to be creative. The very moment we become aware of this, a huge leap in the world’s development will occur.
Dolphins and whales represent the most ancient form of consciousness on Earth. They have lived in this home fifty times longer than we have.
Changing our attitude towards them would be a true initiation for us, the passage from barbarity to maturity. If we learn at least not to kill or exploit them, we might one day stop killing our own kind.
OF THE DOLPHIN EMBASSY HEADQUATERS
June 22-26, 2016
The Dolphin Embassy opened its headquarters in Tenerife, Canary Islands
THE OPENING PROGRAM INCLUDES:
- presentation of the Dolphin Embassy’s action plan in Tenerife (Puerto Colon, June 24)
- the newest results of the Embassy’s recent expeditions
- unique video materials, incl. René Heuzey’s footage of sperm whales
- presentation of revolutionary concept of water (prof. Vladimir Voeikov, PhD, Moscow University)
- international round table “100 Hours to Save the World”
- music for whales: David Rothenberg (USA), Arkady Shilkloper (Germany – Russia), Bernard Abeille (France)
- going out to sea and having a concert aboard the boat
- cocktail party and socializing
- fiesta at the port of Los Gigantes (at 6 pm, June 25)
A Photo Exhibition
A town fête
"EPANOUI" COCKTAIL PARTY
A cocktail party for the announcement of the Festival of Dolphinity
MY PILOT, WHALE
Premiere of the documentary
Demonstration against dolphinariums
PLAN A : a Live Book of the Universe
The presentation of the findings of the 30th Parallel round-the-world expedition
SPECIAL FILM SCREENING
About time, development, experience and horisonts.
A talk on quests, adventures, findings and discoveries that can be lead to by mindful journeys. On the conditions of transformation.
WHALE AND PIANO DUET
A premier experiment of musical and visual improvisation when the pianists play along with pre-recorded songs of humpback whales.
How does a contact happen – with free-living dolphins, with one’s own self, with the Universe? What makes US different from THEM? What do we have in common? How do they change us?
A NIGHT IN THE CATHEDRAL
A musical and visual event dedicated to dolphins and humans