Creative Responses to Technology
BY JESSICA SEQUEIRA AND JÖRG STERNAGEL
How can technology’s focus on ideas with an application be reconsidered or even embraced, rather than rejected? Does a sense of play create possibility, a way to begin thinking? What kind of thinking are we talking about, and where could this thinking take place? What can creative responses to technology look like? Can our own experiences become an origin that allows us to perform philosophy? In other words, how is “doing” a form of “knowing”? We are interested in exploring how performative philosophy can treat being-in-the-world not as a timeless essence, but as a process of ongoing action, where epistemological models of technology serve as a starting point, yet take on new forms that we ourselves initiate to reconsider relationships with nature, sensory knowledge and senses of existence. A poetic approach verging on play might engage in telling experiences, finding examples, reflecting on concepts and expressions, acting out abstract ideas, incorporating non-Western traditions of philosophy, and considering the functional and the dysfunctional.
Our LEARN (Learning Environment and Research Nucleus) within the student project School of Commons embarked on a journey to explore these questions, working out poetic approaches to our technological age that are open to ludic reflection, captured in Polaroids. Let us have them “speak” for themselves.