NGI Forward Salon Foundationals: On Participation

March 10, 2021 @ 11:00 – 12:00 Europe/Brussels Timezone

NGI Forward Salon Foundationals: On Participation with Federico Bonelli

This talk has 3 parts, the first should be exposed in 15 minutes the second 20 and the third needs another 15. Don’t take notes, I will distribute mines and the slides at the end.

I will try to stop and mark the end of a part, taking in your contributions on the chat.

The occasion for this talk has been given to me by a paper co-authored with Sabrina Sauer titled “Collective improvisation as a means to responsibly govern serendipity in social innovation processes” published in the Journal of Responsible Innovation in 2020.

Is an open-access paper and you can find it from website and from the link included in this talk presentation.

Introduction to the Lab

Trasformatorio is a laboratory, artistic in scope, where I have experimented ways to create site-specific arts. Is named Trasformatorio because we believed that the scope of genuine art is to engage transformation. The scope was to create a laboratory for enacting transformations. A Laboratory from latin Laboratorium, a place/space/time to work in. Work is a term that has many meanings in our tradition, not only the synonymous of labour. There is the work you do on yourself, the work you do for others, the work of the actor to possess their character’s actions upon the textual matter of the play. Work is what you do with presence, intent and quality. And these three concepts, among others, are what the artist is busy with most of the time.

I worked with technology, most of the time hacking together from pieces that were intended for something else, rarely doing twice the same operation. I studied many things for many different reasons, rarely the canonical ones.  When I was exposed to the current methodologies for innovation and design I felt that a big occasion was missing. That there was a coherent corpus of reality bending techniques I had become aware in the field of arts that were watched over by the hype cycle prone industry of innovation. I began using them and cross pollinating. I am still doing it in many ways.