I work at the intersection of design, strategy and research—by crossing boundaries between speculation and realities(s/r), research and practice(r/p), digital and analog(d/a), but most importantly between disciplines.

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(s/r)

Post-Social Design forthcoming
Becoming Tree work in progress
Civics, de novo.
Raising Robotic Natives
Preventing Body Contamination

(r/p)

Sensory Methods of Group Connection
Sorting Things Out
Climate Sensing For Environmental Futures
Strategies for Social Design
Intention With Us
Mitfahrscheibe

(d/a)

UN/HIDE Lookbook
ZirkusZirkus / Nomads
FORMAT 13

Open Bridge

(2019/2012)

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Mark

Sorting Things Out

Workshop, 2018

For the Code Societies Summer Session at the School for Poetic Computation with Shannon Mattern who invited me to co-design and facilitate a workshop.



We sort things into piles, put things onto shelves, build folders on desktops, and checkboxes on forms that identify (or approximate) our gender, race, and, citizenship. Such sorting not only helps to reduce clutter; it also, often, determines what counts, imposes an implied valuation, and informs access to opportunity. In these two sessions of “Code Societies,” we’ll examine how the construction of classification systems, ontologies, data models, and knowledge graphs serves to translate between worldviews, ways of knowing, ideologies, and modes of governance. In some cases, we might say that these organizational systems, encoded in computational form, code particular societies into being. How might we develop aspirational ontologies that help us to imagine more just, inclusive, peaceful societies?







References
— Summer 2018 Syllabus
— Slides: Session I
— Slides: Session 2
— A write-up about the sessions


Special thanks to Shannon Mattern, Melanie Hoff, and Taeyoon Choi.
Mark