I’ve recently been working with CogNovo, a multi-national doctoral training network that offers research training in Cognitive Innovation, both as a new field of scientific investigation and as a strategy for research and innovation. This is exciting for me because it feels like I’m using all of my skills and pulling together all of my[…]
This Summer I performed at the Swiss Consulate in Venice during the Venice Biennale. I was part of a group show involving nine artists from Switzerland, Syracuse, and the UK. The show was called Boîte-en-Valise, after the suitcase-based work of Marcel Duchamp. All the artists involved created portable work that could be transported in carry-on[…]
Bruce Sterling’s “Shaping Things” first introduced the Design Fictions concept in 2005. Julian Bleecker (Nokia researcher and Near Future Laboratory co-founder) gave it some more shape in a presentation given at the Engage Design conference in 2008. Sterling calls Design Fictions, “an approach to design that speculates about new ideas through prototyping and storytelling.” He[…]
For the past eight years or so I’ve been involved in a number of projects that attempt, in different ways, to genuinely divine the thoughts of an individual or of an audience. These projects have involved collaborations with the BBC, NESTA FutureFest, The Pennsylvania State University, Aalto University, and as Magician in Residence at Pervasive[…]
This week I went to the funeral of my great-aunt Rene, a wonderful woman, probably the nicest, and certainly one of the funniest, human beings I’ve ever known. I saw family who I haven’t seen for some time and discovered the grave of my great-grandfather Frank “The American Hammer” Beynon. I chatted with my cousin[…]
Earlier this year I gave the opening keynote at The Risk and Network Threat Conference. The RANT Conference has a great, fiery, intense feel. The kind you only get when you bring together smart, concerned experts in an atmosphere that deliberately and cleverly provokes unconstrained and challenging conversation. Here’s a video about the speakers. I[…]
I have an interesting challenge. The Wobbly Interface Devices and Mindreading Robots I’ve been making all work by sensing very small subconscious muscle movement – Ideomotor Responses – in order to interact, read minds, and measure particular kinds of imaginative skills. I’ve been invited to speak at an amazing event in October called Raft. The[…]
Very proud to now be a Pervasive Media Studio Collaborator. They do truly great work. Looking forward to spending two months with them beginning next week. Woop! My project page is here.