Ancient Passages: Echos of Prague 2121
Shomit Barua, Synthesis Center @Arizona State University
A multi-narrative, non-linear sound installation: 30 miniature guitar amps on tripods are placed in thematic clusters around the periphery of a space, in niches, corners, and the ends of hallways. They are unobtrusive, registering more as a layer of whispers, and they form a sonic tapestry that serves as an oral history of the future. The voices in each cluster are digital artifact, first-person monologues from specific points in the 100 years leading up to a speculative future of Prague 2121; as the monologues play in a continuous, asynchronous loops, different perspectives of the events are emphasized.
It‘s A Comic Life For Me: The Use Of Comics And Storytelling In The Teaching Of Risk And Resilience
Denis Fischbacher-Smith, University of Glasgow
This Making and Doing session will focus on the use of comics as a medium for teaching and learning. The approach merges academic research of relevance to STS (disaster response, expert judgement in policy making, citizen science, and securitisation) with an approach drawn from ’comics theory‘ within media studies to highlight how such an approach can aid in the dissemination of academic ideas by translating them into a more accessible and digestible format. The approach is based on extensive use and testing with both undergraduate, post-graduate and executive education students and the project outlines the main methods associated with the approach.
Making Food Futures Accessible Across Ages: Emerge 2020 – Eating at the Edges
Christy Spackman, SFIS – Arizona State University; David Guston, Arizona State University; Ed Finn, Arizona State University; Cynthia Selin, Technical University of Denmark; Jake Pinholster, ASU; Ruth Wylie, Arizona State University; Bob Beard, Bob Beard; Stephen Christensen, ASU; Joey Eschrich, Arizona State University; Nina Miller, ASU; Eliza Robinson, ASU; Rebecca Pringle, ASU; Melissa Waite, ASU; Diana Ayton-Shenker, Leonardo/ISAST; Cindy Ornstein, Mesa Arts Center
Emerge 2020 invited artists, scientists, innovators, activists, farmers, and cookers of all skills to join together in producing interactive artworks, exhibits, and performances that playfully explore what it means to Eat -- and not just anywhere, but rather at the Edge(s). Our one-day festival brought people of all ages together to traffic in a specific set of ideas and questions: What does it mean to eat, as a human or non-human, in a time of increasing environmental precarity?
STS Strategies for Instituting: Sustainability in Academia and STS Associations
David Zavoral, Czech Academy of Sciences; Ingmar Lippert, IT University of Copenhagen
The main goal of this Making&Doing is to provide a space that positions both scholars and students to think creatively about the sustainability of conventional STS practices and create the opportunity to reconsider institutional and personal accountability. In this space we aim at mapping of STS infrastructure and its ecological entanglements and implications. We will analyse the entities and relations of this infrastructure and draft a policy proposal for sustainability actions for individual academics and STS community and institutions.
The Sounds of Solar Energy
Dagmar Lorenz-Meyer, Charles University In Prague
While photovoltaic arrays have become a familiar sight, they have not become a technology of conviviality (Illich 1973), creating a creative, joyful, just and responsible becoming-together of ’people, tools and a new collectivity‘. This performative piece presents audio vignettes that gather the sound recordings of large Czech solar fields, PV recycling and poetic recitations to touch and involve listeners with silicon materials, their amplification of electricity, potentials for abundance and dis/articulations and in/sensibilities.