Michael Garfield – How To Live in the Future: New Sketchbook Gallery & MG Philosophizing on the Radio

24 February 2011

New Sketchbook Gallery & MG Philosophizing on the Radio

"The greater one's science, the deeper the sense of mystery."
"The job of an artist is always to deepen the mystery."

And that is why I live where I do, on the borderlands between inquiry and expression, a transducer of whatever ineffable cosmic mind in which I play a part. This week I have less to show and more to say, including two interviews from recent radio appearances (one focused more on my music, and one focused more on my assumed calling as reconnaissance and mapmaker for the evolution of human consciousness). It's all very thought-provoking stuff and I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed getting some time on the air to electrocute the worldviews of unsuspecting audiences...

(Nothing new for sale this week, although I still have plenty of available live paintings and am happy to negotiate on the listed prices, if you're feeling the onrush of spring and need some more color in your home...)

New Sketchbook Gallery!


I've finally started to archive my favorite pages from years of classroom & airplane doodling, dating back to the prehistoric, misty recesses when I was still in school to study dinosaurs and live painting was not yet even a glimmer on my brain scan. Some of these images will end up recycled on apparel, album art, or concert posters...in the meantime, you can take a peek "under the hood" and leave your remarks in my newly-germinated online sketchbook. You might recognize the seeds of some of my live paintings in there...both past and future.

MG on Expanding Mind with Erik Davis


I frequently quote author Erik Davis in this newsletter, because his perceptive and highly literate view of our species' fringier realms of consciousness - everything from the technospiritual evolution of culture to the art of stage magic - makes him one of my greatest living inspirations. His show Expanding Mind "explored the culture of consciousness: magic, spirituality, psychology, technology," and is my favorite talk radio program. Recently I was lucky enough to be the weekly featured guest:

Liminal science, electro-acoustic guitar, and humanizing the hive mind: a wide-ranging chat with Michael Garfield, live painter, writer, and avant-guitarist/songwriter.

You can download our awesome discussion (not nearly long enough!) from the link above and hear the geekboy excitement in my voice as I discuss UFOs, the philosophy of science, and becoming a guitar cyborg. Once you've had a taste, I highly recommend digging into the archives for some truly mind-expanding conversations...

MG on Live @ Lunch (KRFC FM 88.9)


I was just honored to be the guest for the Fort Collins NPR member station's daily lunch-hour interview and instudio musical performance...if you're curious about the mind behind the music this loose and easy hour of songs and weirdo air banter afforded me a platform to talk about things I normally don't – like my favorite concerts ever, my time travel dinosaur fantasies, and how I understand live painting as the symptom of a sociocultural revolution. It was a fun hour and I'd like to once again express my thanks to everyone who tuned in and caught it live!

Coming Soon

...And now, I'm off to Peru for a couple of weeks with my friends Papadosio. Hold tight and when I get back I'll have an epic new live painting to share, as well as the final audio recordings from my provocative talks on the Light & Shadow Tour, and a few clips of my continuously-evolving acoustic-electronic looping project. As usual, feel free to drop me a line at any point with questions, comments, or commissions...just be aware it might take me a little longer than usual to get back to you.

Thanks for your time and have a marvelous day!