Art / Artisans

Thresholds: Design and Science

Science and design are often thought to represent opposite mindsets of analysis versus conjecture, of explanatory versus disruptive modes of thinking. Audacious, provocative, and unconventional work emerges when we cross the traditional disciplinary divide between science and design. The March 2020 conference assembles thought leaders from both areas—researchers and practitioners who interrogate the spaces in between through their work. The...

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Ellen Langer, Mindfulness

Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years. Her best selling books include Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful LearningOn Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Her most most recent book is ...

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Breakfast with Ruth Rogers

Polymath Ruth Rogers was born in Monticello, New York, and was educated at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and at Bennington College in Vermont before moving to England and studying at the London College of Printing, where she earned a degree in graphic design. She joined the art department of Penguin Books in 1970, but after marrying architect Richard Rogers in 1973, she moved with him to Paris and worked on graphic design and exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou until their return to London in 1979. After a period of work at Richard Rogers Partnership, in...

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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Montreal-based electronic artist whose work subverts technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance, or telematic networks at the intersection of architecture and performance art, presented the rich history of Latin-American technological culture: the intervention of photography, poets as radio broadcast pioneers, the postulation of cybernetics, the invention of color TV, the first immersive cinema, the pioneering use of live video in an art installation, and more. 

John Collins, “Paper Airplane Guy”

John Collins had been a professional in television since 1979, working as a creative director, executive producer, live television director, camera operator, news graphics supervisor, voice-over artist, and in other capacities, when he designed a paper airplane in 2012 that broke the world record for distance flown. The record still stands, and Collins, whose original designs have since been published in three books (with tear-out planes to fold and fly), translated into German, Russian, and Chinese, is now the world’s foremost paper airplane expert. His designs are... Read more about John Collins, “Paper Airplane Guy”