Ways of Seeing/Thinking

This week has been a mixture of taking an opportunity to write up some thoughts that have emerged dur
Ways of Seeing/Thinking
By Changeist • Issue #4
This week has been a mixture of taking an opportunity to write up some thoughts that have emerged during the past few months work and research, planning for 2016, and prepping and running the first Thingclash workshop at Thingscon NL in Amsterdam yesterday. We’ve been fortunate to have the whole crew together, with Natalie Kane spending most of the week in the office and co-leading the workshop, for which you can find a writeup below.
December is generally when things start to wind down for the year and loose threads can be gathered (and occasionally wound up in print). This one’s proving to be a busy end to a very intense year, with several 2016 projects already kicking off. The good part is we get to work with organizations we consider friends. 
In the spirit of year-end stocktaking, I’m linking to a few conceptual reflections (old and new). See you next week. 

What We've Been Up To
I’d considered these ideas in several talks over the past year, and finally got around to describing the experience of moving from one data shadow to another in the course of relocating from one country to the next. Kindly, Bruce Sterling highlighted it for his WIRED blog, ‘Beyond the Beyond,’ and Cory Doctorow carried on the thread on BoingBoing. Thanks to both, and to all who commented via Medium or Twitter. 
As I mentioned above, Natalie, Susan and I were asked to run the first Thingclash workshop at Thingscon in Amsterdam this week. We did so as a kind of prototyping workshop—not using physical electronics or devices as was happening next door, but using ideas instead. Using a starter card set designed by Emma Charleston, we asked our (overflow) participants to break different “things” down into their capabilities, limitations and applications, and walk them through some possibly unexpected contexts with unforeseen users to uncover emerging frictions between social needs, values and the technology itself. It seemed to work well, and we have some notes on refinements to the workshop and exercises that we’ll take to the next iteration. Thanks to Bob Van Irsel for this writeup.
Ways of Seeing/Thinking
This contemplation from friends Near Future Laboratory considers how design fiction practices can illuminate new understanding about the future of personal data.  
This essay from Dan Lockton is a year old, but I referred back to it in designing the Thingclash workshop. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend you move it to the top of your longread list, and give it attention. It looks at the social construction of useful technical systems like the IoT, but has wider implications. 
Rob Peart, a designer based in Singapore, was a participant in our Innovation Lab at FutureEverything Singapore in October, and has been blogging his thoughts in the aftermath of that experience. 
The Network
Big Bang Data
This show, looking at the impact of Big Data on culture, has found new life in a new home, Somerset House in London. With some familiar works and some new ones commissioned for this installation, BBD is worth a visit if you are able to get to London in coming months. 
Culture Interface: digital interfaces and science-fiction — pasta and vinegar
Friend Nicolas Nova of Near Future Laboratory curated a new exhibition that recently opened at Cite du Design in St Etienne, France, called “Culture Interface: interfaces numériques et science-fiction”. He’s written it up here, and you can find out more here
We Are Internet — IAM - Internet Age Media
Andres Colmenares is joining UAL in London this coming Wednesday to preview and discuss the “We Are Internet” video series he’s been producing as a precursor to the IAM Internet Age Media event to be held in Barcelona in April 2016. Tickets for the UAL event here
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