February 6, 1982 |
|Alma mater||University of Miami|
|Film, philosophy, future studies|
Jason Silva (born February 6, 1982) is a Venezuelan-American television personality, filmmaker, and performance philosopher. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela and now resides in Los Angeles, California and New York City.
Silva earned a degree in film and philosophy from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He, along with Max Lugavere, produced and starred in a video documentary/performance piece entitled "Textures of Selfhood"—an experimental film about hedonism and spirituality. "The Party-Philosophers" and "Intellectual Hedonists", as named by Angeleno Magazine, borrowed the name for the film from the Hedonistic Imperative, a website promoting the end to suffering by philosopher David Pearce.
From 2005 to 2011, Silva was a presenter and producer on Al Gore's Emmy award winning cable network Current TV. He co-hosted the show "Max and Jason" with Max Lugavere and they became a prolific hosting and producing duo, with stories ranging from illegal immigration and counterfeit IDs, to profiling a brave new singer songwriter right before signing a publishing deal, to a taped philosophical sit-down with director Darren Aronofsky. Their story on counterfeit IDs earned them a featured appearance and interview on Anderson Cooper 360. Their franchise, "Max and Jason Style" was one of the hallmarks of their work on Current TV. They covered issues in a distinctly unique way - often juxtaposing telegenic images and a heightened filmmaking aesthetic with bold and intelligent content.
He left the network in 2011 to become, according to The Atlantic, "a part-time filmmaker and full-time walking, talking TEDTalk."
An active and prolific speaker, Silva has spoken at Google, The Economist Ideas Festival, the prestigious DLD Digital Life Design Conference in Munich, TEDGlobal, the Singularity Summit, the PSFK Conference, and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
At TEDGlobal in June 2012, Jason premiered "Radical Openness," a new short video. In September 2012, Silva presented his Radical Openness videos at the opening keynote at Microsoft TechEd Australia. Radical Openness was also featured in his presentation at La Ciudad de las Ideas conference on November 10, 2012.
In 2011, Silva became the host of Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel. The show set a record as the highest rated series launch in Nat Geo's history, with an average of 1.5 million viewers for the first two episodes.
Shots of Awe
In May 2013, Jason started a YouTube channel on the Discovery Digital Networks TestTube Network called "Shots of Awe". The weekly episodes are micro-documentaries exploring creativity, innovation, exponential technology, futurism, metaphysics, existentialism and the human condition. Zoltan Istvan, editor for the Huffington Post, wrote that Shots of Awe is a blend of philosophy and art and has been massively popular to the younger generation.
In 2011 he became a fellow at the Hybrid Reality Institute, examining the symbiosis between man and machine.
His film ATTENTION: The Immersive Power of Cinema is part of the exhibition 'KINO und der kinamatografische Blick' ('CINEMA and the cinamatographic gaze'), 20 March - 2 June 2013, at MEWO Kunsthalle in Memmingen (Germany).
- "A Timothy Leary for the Viral Video Age". The Atlantic. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- Gorman, Steve. "Al Gore collects interactive Emmy for Current TV". http://www.reuters.com/. Reuters. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
- "Jason Silva Bio". CAA Speakers. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- Silva, Jason. "Radical Openness". Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- Silva, Jason. "Radical Openness". Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- Silva, Jason. "We Are The Gods Now". Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- Silva, Jason. "Brain Games is National Geographic's Highest-Rated Series Premiere Ever". Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- Silva, Jason. "Shots of Awe". Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist Art Will Help Guide People to Becoming Masterpieces, Huffington Post, (June 5, 2014).
- "Jason Silva speaking at the Ideas Economy Conference in Innovation". Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- "Why We Could All Use a Heavy Dose of Techno-optimism". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- "Radical Openness: A Trip Through Our Next Frontier". Forbes. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- "Four Steps To Finding Inspiration, From An Idea DJ". Forbes. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- Alex Knapp, Jason Silva Muses on Humans Turning Into Gods, Forbes, (Aug. 5, 2011).
- "Jason Silva’s Captivating Videos Deliver a Dose of ‘Techno-Optimism’". Wired. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- "Hybrid Reality Fellows". Hybrid Reality Institute. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- "Jason Silva: Wonder junkie". CBS. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- "Q&A - Tanya Plibersek, Kelly O'Dwyer, Mark Carnegie, Elliot Perlman & Jason Silva". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- Silva, Jason. "Joe Rogan Experience Podcast". Retrieved 29 June 2013.