Seducing the Guard

Seducing the Guard

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Every human culture makes art. Something so universal must have a purpose--what biologists call survival value. Yet our culture has marginalized art as a luxury and commercialized it as entertainment. Are we losing something vital for our survival?

Seducing the Guard investigates the purpose of art and finds deep connections between art and science. The film includes art works filmed on location in some of the world's greatest museums in France, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, and North America, along with comments from interviews with some of the 21st century's greatest thinkers--from authors, musicians, film directors, choreographers and curators to neuroscientists, and Nobel-laureate physicists. Newly released on DVD in 2009, this film is especially relevant as world leaders slowly become aware of the increasing importance of culture in the new world economy.

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