How did it start?
When did it begin?
Where do I come from?
Our species has an insatiable desire to understand, and to do that we need the backstory. Whether we take our signals from the Beagle, the Bible or the Big Bang, we yearn to connect our evolutionary dots, to find our place and our sense of order. And this inquiry into beginnings extends to the world we create for ourselves – our tools, our stories, our families, our ideas.
In recognition of this bicentennial Darwin year, the 2009 partners of the Art & Ideas Festival will interpret the diversity of ORIGINS through music, dance, visual art, architecture, storytelling, history, science and theater in a mosaic of cultural activities throughout the city of Pasadena.