Toward a Science of Consciousness 2012

Art-Tech-Health Demo Presentations

WEDNESDAY Evening  APRIL 11, 2012




Rich Shapero is a writer and musician whose multimedia storytelling projects pioneer unseen worlds that lie beyond the limits of material experience. At the heart of his stories are vast wildernesses, populated by mercurial private gods who promise deliverance to truer, more profound states of being. But transcendence demands sacrifice, and the paths of his protagonists are fraught with danger, dread and violence. Combining lucid prose with entrancing music, Rich conjures immersive visionary landscapes and characters who struggle to achieve summits of personal fulfillment. 

Rich's first project, Wild Animus, tracks the reckless quest of Ransom Altman, a young Berkeley graduate, who resolves to live in a new world of “inexhaustible desire.” The story is a search for the primordial and a journey to the breaking point. Told as a parable and vividly observed, Too Far, his second novel, is an exhilarating and heart-breaking story of an end to innocence that captures the triumphs and follies of the child's imagination as it struggles to remain boundless and free. 

Rich lives and works in the Santa Cruz Mountains with his wife and two daughters.