For the last few months I have been working on initiating a critical and cultural forum called Feedback Loop, which purpose is to facilitate and mediate discourse around digital technology(ies), our creative practices and our roles as citizens or users. The forum is taking place at the Royal College of Art (London, UK), and will be constructed of multiple events throughout the academic year (screenings, discussions, workshops).
And the first event finally took place last week!
I curated a panel discussion around the topic of techno-animism, and invited researcher Betti Marenko, critical designer Tobias Revell and experience design student Robert Walker to discuss how design could help us communicate the logic over the magic.
LISTEN TO THE PODCAST
Techno-animism | The everyday fetishisation of techno-digital objects and systems.
Technological systems, computers and other forms of connected objects, give us the impression that another self is created; positioned outside the individual, inside the machine. We build relationships with these techno-digital objects, make sense of and relate to invisible complex systems through imagination and spirituality. However, the more we subject ourselves to see technology as magical, the less inclined we are to demystify the illusions and confront all sorts of unsettling issues: control, privacy, transparency, deceit. What if we used the metaphors for informative reasoning rather than to construct idealised representations of such artefacts? Can design help us communicate the logic over the magic?
Panelists: Betti Marenko, Tobias Revell & Robert Walker.
Chair: Ken Hollings
Curator: Annelise Keestra (with the great support of Ken Hollings)
Tuesday 22 November | Royal College of Art
The forum meetups are taking place at the Royal College of Art, but I want our discussions to be accessible to anyone who's interested in the topics we debate and scrutinise, so I'll be uploading our recordings every time. Hope you will enjoy this first one!