humane technology is...collaborative
Creative collaborations, rapid prototyping, research play and interdisciplinary discovery are the focus next week as we host the Humane Technology Pop-Up for Wellbeing March 4-9 at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design. This has been my passion and the focus of my creative facilitation efforts for the past couple of years with some good funding that has seeded more than 30 new projects and multiple engagements with guest artists including Jennifer Monson, Michelle Ellsworth, Ohad Fishof and Noa Zuk, Chris Landreth and others! This year I'm excited to connect with Pamela Z and immerse myself in a couple of humane tech performance projects (a radio ballet on data humanism, participatory intermedia instigations for public dialog) as well as engaging with all the incredible projects my colleagues and our students have invented exploring physical computing for assisted living and companionship, art of relevance, virtual reality and forms of care and more and we are starting to form up shared understandings of what humane technologies are and what they can do.
Humane technologies are creatively open-ended and do no harm
Humane technologies encourage meaningful social connection
Humane technologies promote compassion, joy, movement and wellbeing
Humane technologies are multisensory and collaborative
This year with the focus on wellbeing, we are also unpacking shared understandings of that term and I'm excited to see what comes out of our Idea Storm/Moving Exchange Monday morning that will pick up on these instigating thoughts from one of our contributors and take action from there:
"This year, the Humane Technologies project considers well-being. Shall we say that a concern for well-being inheres in our notion of what is humane? The idea seems anodyne (if not anesthetic), certainly undemanding. Whose well-being? And by what measures? Maybe we should take another, closer look at well-being. Although based on first-person reports, it is not inherently self-centered. Well-being is multi-dimensional, made up of an array of data-points, sieved through a variety of metrics. Important aspects of well-being are relational: family, friends, work, community involvements. How do we face up to vulnerability, or dependence, which is intrinsic to the human condition: natality and mortality? We start perhaps from the notion that care is attention in action." -Adapted from writing by Rick Livingston for Humane Technologies
The university did a nice overview of our project available here and I'll post more as the week unfolds.