Creative collaborations are the new normal for technology-focused projects that require an array of skill sets from concept creation to implementation and beyond. How do we successfully enable collaboration across discipline? Are there roadmaps to success? This roundtable features three guests from Cyborg Futures  who will use their experiences collaborating to create a new haptic sense as the foundation for group discussion and brainstorming exercises.

Readings:
Bruno LaTour’s Actor Network Theory (ANT)
Donald Schon’s Art As Reflective Practice

About this roundtable series:
In academia, each discipline has its own rules for research. What happens to research methods when disciplines combine, morph, flex, and go rogue? This roundtable brings together researchers across disciplines to share tools, resources, methods, and philosophies with one another. Each session will feature 2-3 guests and related readings that expand on the idea of ‘research’ in relationship to themes like experimentation, play, archives, and performance. Participants will co-develop language to describe this emerging field.

Ellen Pearlman is a PhD candidate at the School of Creative Media at Hong Kong City University where she premiered “Noor: A Brain Opera” the world’s first immersive interactive brain opera in a 360 degree theater. She is also Co-Director of the ThoughtWorks Arts Residency, President of Art-A-Hack (TM), and Director and Curator of the Volumetric Society of New York. Pearlman is Faculty at Parsons/New School University, directing Parsons Cyborg Futures.

Stephanie Dinkins is an artist and professor of art at Stony Brook University interested in creating platforms for ongoing dialog about technology as it intersects race, gender, aging and our future histories. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to develop deep-rooted AI literacy and co-create more a culturally inclusive equitable artificial intelligence. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at NEW INC and project catalyst for Team Haptics, Cyborg Futures 2017.

Max Fowler is a freelance programmer and artist based in Brooklyn. In the past he has participated in the School For Poetic Computation, conducted interviews about memory prosthetics and created a virtual gallery for terminal art. He is currently working on an open source civic tech collaboration http://callparty.org and participating in Cyborg Futures on team Haptics.

Rachel Haberstroh is an artist, writer, activist, and educator. She plays with light, builds games, directs faux exercise videos, organizes Millennial Focus Group, and belongs to an intersectional feminist studio collective.