An Ecology of Mind, with Nora Bateson
An Ecology of Mind is a film portrait of Gregory Bateson, celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, systems theorist, and filmmaker, produced and directed by his daughter, Nora Bateson.
The film includes footage from Bateson's own films shot in the 1930s in Bali (with Margaret Mead) and New Guinea, along with photographs, filmed lectures, and interviews. His youngest child, Nora, depicts him as a man who studied the interrelationships of the complex systems in which we live with a depth motivated by scientific rigor and caring integrity.
Nora Bateson's rediscovery of his work documents the vast - and continuing - influence Bateson's thinking has had on the work of an amazingly wide range of disciplines. Through contemporary interviews, along with his own words, Bateson's way of thinking reveals practical approaches to the enormous challenges confronting the human race and the natural world.
This film hopes to inspire its audience to see our lives within a larger system - glistening with symmetry, play, and metaphor. Watch the trailer here.