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the school for poetic computation: assistive tech, fall 2014
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the school for poetic computation: assistive tech, fall 2014

I’ve been following the work of the School for Poetic Computation, for some time now. What an irresistible name! And one of its founders, Jen Lowe, wrote this absolutely beautiful essay last fall about its origins and rationale: Experiments with computation are restricted by marketing demands, by defense support, by the pressures of grant funding. … Continue reading

reprise
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reprise

I read through some of the series of essays that set up the original mission of Abler, and I was struck again by the so-much-with-so-little that’s packed into this paragraph by Mitchell Whitelaw. It has staying power for describing the investigative or experimental or highly situated practices that can proceed from the arts, but also … Continue reading

speaking exchange
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speaking exchange

I’m at a conference on aging and design, hosted by the Institute For the Future’s Health Horizons research group. It’s just beginning, but I already have a favorite project I hadn’t seen before: Speaking Exchange, a simple social arrangement between high school students in Brazil, who want to learn English, and older adults in Chicago … Continue reading

empathy and education
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empathy and education

Via the new Harper’s, I picked up Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams—a series of essays including the opening piece of the same name, which is partly about Jamison’s job experience as a medical actor: someone paid to fake various kinds of ailments in order to train doctors in both diagnostics and bedside manner. The actors … Continue reading