SoAH Research Platform: Sense-Making for Sharing Sensibilities: Art, Design and Social Change

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

28th of July 2020 | 5 pm – 7 pm (BST) / 4 pm – 6 pm (UTC)
RCA SoAH Research Online

Presenters: Marc Garrett, Jennifer Lyn Morone and Wesley Taylor .
Moderated by Hang Li.

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. Three key Furtherfield publications include co-editing of State Machines: Reflections & Actions at the Edge of Digital Citizenship, 2019, Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain, 2017, and Artists Re:Thinking Games, 2010. 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. 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. In 2013, 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).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. 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 is currently an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Graphic Design and the Art Foundation Program. 

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Panel Discussion: Sense-Making for Sharing Sensibilities: Art, Design and Social Change is part of Sense-making for sharing sensibilities, a one day event presented by SoAH Research organised by Hang Li for In the Realm of Re-Sensing 21 – 28 July 2020, RCA SoAH Online