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#NewMacy ACT II

Six #NewMacy studios over two days

Participants can expect to converse, prototype, experiment, play, and improve. All Studios are held online; some are hybrid.

Radiant Circles — Cybernetic Musings on Resonant Forms

Eryk Salvaggio, Claudia Westermann

Through resonance, works of art and design are centering. In openness to expansion, they grant agency. They create closure and consummation but never stasis. They are circular. This session explores how Gordon Pask’s ‘conversation’ as aesthetic experience initiates ontogenetic resilience via processes that devalue established hierarchies of oppression. In the process, new ecological values are instigated and cultivated.

Pandemic of ‘Today’s AI’

Carlos Castellanos, Xiao Zoe Fang, Paul Pangaro, Eryk Salvaggio

So much of today’s tech manipulates and distorts the world we share. Yet ‘Today’s AI’ could swing back toward our biological roots by presenting analog interactional frameworks as countervailing examples. Novelty and choice, transparency and conversation can become new design patterns in a collection of concepts and working prototypes that inspire positive change. These exemplars in the form of interface designs and underlying algorithms are offered to designers, students, teachers, and entrepreneurs as more humane and richly rewarding alternatives to today’s online experiences.

Art as Steersmanship

Mark Sullivan, Fred Steier

As Maxine Greene showed, art looks at openings to alternative realities, makes the petrified world speak, sing, and dance, creates places for perceiving the unexplored, and thinking of things as if they could be otherwise. We invite a discussion of intimations of more desirable and multisensory social orders. In particular, we bring Maxine Greene’s idea of seeing things as they might be otherwise to systemic approaches to the design process – particularly with its importance to taking needfinding (as developed by Rolf Faste) seriously as ways of seeing new possibilities and seeing what is not there as critical to design.

“Panarchy” as a Sense Making Tool

Pille Bunnell, Mikal Giancola

With the added complexity of the results of the anthropocene, models like the adaptive cycle are used to orient discussion and action on the intersection of ecosystems and social systems. The Studio includes the application of real-world scenarios.

Cultural Premises, Conscious Purposes, and Design: Conversing with the legacies of Gregory Bateson and Vern Carroll

Tim Gasperak, Mikal Giancola, Michael Lieber, Eve Pinsker, Fred Steier, Daniel Wolk

Analytically identifying “cultural premises” (which Carroll developed from Bateson’s “epistemological premises”) is a way of stating what goes without saying, the shared assumptions or ways of parsing the world and construing context that are socially learned, usually unconscious, embedded in stories as well as embodied in interaction, and shared in varying degrees in wider communities. This Studio shares cases from both ethnography and design practice to discuss the relationship between identifying cultural premises and dialogic explorations of ‘sense-making’ and, furthermore, whether incorporating cultural analysis in innovation research methods can serve the larger purpose of designing beneficial social interventions, bearing in mind Bateson’s warnings against narrow notions of conscious purpose.

Prototyping Conversation

Damian Chapman, Kate Doyle, TJ McLeish

This studio is a cybernetic workshop in which participants explore new modes of constructing conversation. The (adaptable) goal is to provide participants with vocabularies and processes of prototyping — experimenting, improvising, and playing with expressive forms as means of interaction, observation, and feedback. Participants can expect to journey toward a destination determined only by their continuous adaptation of traces marked in sound, gesture, and image. We propose that, by prototyping new modes of conversation, participants become aware of the experience of navigating “wicked challenges” — thus allowing a greater variety of identities and ideas to emerge.

About #NewMacy #RSD11

RSD11 and #NewMacy present a track dedicated to catalyzing conversations for action across disciplines, geographies, and generations through systemic principles, processes, and communities. #NewMacy creates conditions for enacting productive responses among individuals and communities that bring about change in the near term while planning for and committing to the timespan required to effect lasting change. The current focus is a new framing for “ontogenesis,” specifically that of developing new ways of becoming. To survive in a changing world, we must embrace resilience in lieu of security, interpreted as constancy. Hence, #NewMacy substitutes ontogenetic resilience as the framing intention — and Cybernetics as key.

#NewMacy website


Introduction to #NewMacy

Introduction to #NewMacy

The #NewMacy Studio construct is to enable deep participation through activities such as prototyping, play, exploration, enactment, and improvisation.

#NewMacy ACT I

#NewMacy ACT I

Re-defining Stability. A contextual framing for #NewMacy and the #NewMacy “Acts” at RSD11.

#NewMacy ACT III

#NewMacy ACT III

Reintroducing Stability – #NewMacy conversations to construct an ever-inclusive and participant-directed platform for dynamic stability and growth.

Posted September 2022