What’s feeling got to do with Big Data?

September 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

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April Greiman, Poster for Design Quarterly, 1986

My research interest in emotion stems from times when I was cut off from myself – “emotionally vague”. Without processing my feelings I could not connect the information signals between body and mind. I was often overloaded, drained and disconnected. Tai Chi and meditation helped to reduce anxiety and bring calm. Observing feeling-sensation informed the initial idea for the visual research. There’s an urgent need to weave understanding of feeling, time, place and feedback loops.

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“So what do you do?”

September 21, 2016 § 2 Comments

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It’s true isn’t it? When someone’s motivation is clear and bright, it shines out of them like the Starship Enterprise’s tractor beam. 

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Stepping into the ‘Real’ Work

September 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Turbulent life changes bring reflection. I had to leave home (a beautiful rented house and friend-renters) by December 27th. Plans crystallised over the in-between days.

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A vision coming to life

September 5, 2016 § 1 Comment

2-post-2-IMG_0196.jpgThis Spring, I moved my home and studio from the city to countryside. The confidence to act quickly came in a surprising way. « Read the rest of this entry »

Telling the story …

August 26, 2016 § 2 Comments

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Heroes like Seth Godin and Brené Brown advise to open up to vulnerability, connect and tell our stories.

Feeling a bit like a hedgehog upended, I wonder how I can start telling this story, my story? To open up my heart and dreams with you without a neat ending? What will happen? How will it feel if nothing happens?

So here goes… I’m going to share the news of the last 6 months. Work is bubbling. Check in for changes, struggles, moving on and knuckling down. Short and sweet about once a week.

Positive Design Manifesto – Pamela Pavliscak

March 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Pamela Pavliscak, founder of Change Sciences is leading some fascinating work with purpose. Technology has been burdened with much of our 21st century misery, but with intention can be a force for positivity and happiness in deeper ways.

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Transmediale 2016 / Reflections on Tech, Presence and Intimacy

February 25, 2016 § 1 Comment

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Foyer installation at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) encouraging conversation and informal exchanges. Credit: Transmediale.de

Berliners told me it’s a highlight of the year so I stayed for Transmediale ‘the post-digital culture event’ held annually at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

The programme was not compatible with my simple 8-bit brain. Even the veterans I petitioned for guidance admitted to information overload, apt considering this year’s theme of anxiety. My final strategy was to neglect most lectures and prioritise hanging out, absorbing installations and workshopping. From these I’m teasing out one strand of interest but for more on the wider experience, read Renee Carmichael’s review.

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