if humans and technology collaborate to form a new “we”, i.e. we are changed by our use of tools.
can we then ask and make tools for desired change?
if i ask you, how did you change? how would you like to change? can you answer that?
can we make the object that scaffolds that change?
“In circle of truth, there is no gap between what we are, what we do, and what we are becoming.”
the invisible committee, the coming insurrection, Semiotext(e); 1 edition (May 15, 2009)
“the light from an object is perceived by us as the subjective excitation of the optic nerve, but as the objective form of something outside the eye itself.”
marx, the fetishism of commodities and the secret thereof, capital, a critique of political economy, new york, 1970, p. 72
“Let me suggest the beginning toward some resolution of this problem of two cultures by turning to the thoughts of Robert Oppenheimer, one of my most distinguished predecessors as director of the Institute for Advanced Study. Four years before C.P. Snow’s lecture, Oppenheimer gave a lecture about two cultures; he used the categories of scientist and artist. He concluded that both scientists and artists had become highly specialized, isolated, and to some extent irrelevant to society. And he, like Snow, suggested that both groups expose themselves to other people-both to teach and to learn from those around them. The purpose of this exposure is not to dilute their own efforts, or to take orders from those who do not understand what they are doing. The proper role of scientists and artists, he said, is to “not merely find new truth and communicate it to his fellows, but that he teach, that he try to bring the most honest and intelligible account of new knowledge to all who will try to learn.” This teaching, when successful, is the first set of girders across the gulf between the two cultures.”
Curiosity (from Latin curiosus “careful, diligent, curious,” akin to cura “care”) is an emotion related to natural inquisitive behavior such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and many animal species. The term can also be used to denote the behavior itself being caused by the emotion of curiosity. As this emotion represents a drive to know new things, curiosity is a major driving forces behind scientific research and other disciplines of human study.
An inquiry is any process that has the aim of augmenting knowledge, resolving doubt, or solving a problem. A theory of inquiry is an account of the various types of inquiry and a treatment of the ways that each type of inquiry achieves its aim.
“A man is walking on a warm day. The sky was clear the last time he observed it; but presently he notes, while occupied primarily with other things, that the air is cooler. It occurs to him that it is probably going to rain; looking up, he sees a dark cloud between him and the sun, and he then quickens his steps. What, if anything, in such a situation can be called thought? Neither the act of walking nor the noting of the cold is a thought. Walking is one direction of activity; looking and noting are other modes of activity. The likelihood that it will rain is, however, something suggested. The pedestrian feels the cold; he thinks of clouds and a coming shower.”
John Dewey, How We Think, pp. 6-7
“A traveller, who has lost his way, should not ask, Where am I? What he really wants to know is, Where are the other places” – Alfred North Whitehead
“I thought I had reached port; but I seemed to be cast back again into the open sea” (Deleuze and Guattari, after Leibniz)
Join us in Roskilde, Denmark in 2012 to celebrate the 12th biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC), which is back-to-back with SCIS/IRIS in nearby Uppsala.
The conference theme for PDC 2012 is: Embracing New Territories of Participation.
With firm roots in the original Participatory Design focus on involving people in the introduction of technology into their work, the theme of the next PDC conference invites us to explore traditional fields of participatory design as well as emerging areas, field, arenas and forms of participation.
Aug 12-16, 2012: PDC2012 in Roskilde
TEI 2013, the Seventh International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, will be held at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (Spain), in February 2013.
TEI is an international conference dedicated to present the latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction. The work presented at TEI addresses HCI issues, design, interactive art, user experience, tools and technologies, with a strong focus on how computing can bridge atoms and bits into cohesive interactive systems. The intimate size of this single-track conference provides a unique forum for exchanging ideas and presenting innovative work through talks, interactive exhibits, demos, hands-on studios, posters, art installations and performances.
See you in Barcelona in February 2013!