[spectre] Sense-Making for Sharing Sensibilities: Art, Design and Social Change | RCA202

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Sense-Making for Sharing Sensibilities: Art, Design and Social Change | RCA202

Panel moderated by Hang Li
Panel guests: Jennifer Lyn Morone, Marc Garrett & Wesley Taylor

Tuesday 28th of July 5 pm - 7 pm (BST) / 4 pm - 6 pm (UTC)

Panel Discussion
Sense-Making for Sharing Sensibilities:
Art, Design and Social Change

Register in advance for this meeting: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sense-making-for-sharing-sensibilities-art-design-and-social-change-tickets-113278928324

COVID-19 has hindered physical connection and blocked senses at large. Yet, there are a few organisations that have been working on making sense together during the pandemic by cultivating discussions in world-making with social justice, care and alternative economic and political infrastructures. This panel will present the organisational practices that are coming into being during the pandemic along with the on-going social, political and economic crises. It will discuss the ways to configure and reconsider the role of art, design and organisation today confronting challenges and opportunities arising in and after the pandemic. The panel will also cover how the internet is impacting the process of collective sense-making and social change.

Marc Garrett is the co-founder & artistic director of Furtherfield & DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab. Furtherfield disrupts & democratises art and technology through exhibitions, labs & debate, for deep exploration, open tools & free thinking. DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab is an arts, blockchain & web 3.0 technologies research hub for fairer, more dynamic & connected cultural ecologies & economies now. He curated the renowned major exhibition Monsters of the Machine: Frankenstein in the 21st Century, at Laboral, Spain. He is the main editor of the Furtherfield web site. Written for various articles, interviews and books about art, technology and social change.

Recent publications: State Machines: Reflections & Actions at the Edge of Digital Citizenship, Finance, & Art. Edited by Yiannis Colakides, Marc Garrett, Inte Gloerich. Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2019. Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain. Edited by Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones, & Sam Skinner. Liverpool Press. Frankenstein Reanimated: Conversations with Artists in Dystopian Times, Yiannis Colakides, Marc Garrett, to be published late 2020. Just finished a PhD about Furtherfield's 23 years in media arts culture at the University of London, Birkbeck College.

Jennifer Lyn Morone is an artist, activist and design researcher with a special interest in the human experience in relation to economics, identity, technology and the environment. In 2013, to draw attention to and protest the growing information industry, data slavery, corporate power, and the precarious nature of the future of work she designed a business model and established herself as a corporation to protect her data via a legal container and expose the advantages corporations (legal people) have over humans (natural people). Morone previously led the Arts and Communications track lead for RadicalxChange and is currently the CEO of the foundation. She is an alumna of the Royal College of Art where she studied Design Interactions. She has recently presented at the World Economic Forum in Dalian, at SPRU University of Sussex, Data Natives in Berlin, and FM Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz. Her artistic work has been exhibited internationally. She is co-authoring, directing and producing a film of a fictional post-work and data dignified world for the 2020 EU Capital of Culture program in Rijeka, Croatia.

Wesley Taylor is a print maker, graphic designer, musician, animator, educator, mentor, and curator. He roots his practice in performance and social justice. His work combines, oscillates between, and blurs these different disciplines. His work is multi-disciplinary as well as anti-disciplinary. Wesley’s individual practice is inextricably linked to his collective practice, yet his collective practice is not just one collective: it is a constellation of collectives he has helped form for over 20 years. Those collectives include: Complex Movements, Talking Dolls Detroit, Design Justice Network and Big Models. His work is inspired by elder knowledge, complex science, 90s underground hip hop, punk aesthetics, and science fiction. He creates work in partnership with social justice movements. He is currently an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Graphic Design and the Art Foundation Program.

The panel discussion is part of Sense-making for sharing sensibilities, a one-day event opening up discussions on the approaches to gaining shared recognition and to channelling social actions as critical forms of collective sense-making. Before the panel discussion, Adam Walker will be sharing his ongoing critical exploration of the relationship between the human and abstracting, increasingly textual structures affecting contemporary life in Textual Body: Online Studio Visit with Adam Walker. The one-day event is organised by Hang Li.

Sense-making for sharing sensibilities is part of an RCA 2020 SOAH Research Programme In the Realm of Re-Sensing. It is an event series focusing on the transformation of the senses and sense making in an increasingly online world. The event understands re-sensing not only as the digitally propelled thinning or withering of the senses, but also as their potential extension, intensification, recombination, splitting and remodelling induced by today’s cyborg assemblages. It asks more generally how we can connect sense-making with sensation to think about their mutual transformation in times of such abundant crisis.
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