What We Know (So Far)

What we know so far is an ongoing series of diagrams that posits aesthetic experience as a means to shape social perception. The diagrams consider what must be accepted as a starting point if the goal is, indeed, to consider art/design as a way to engage people in the support of social equity. Essential constructs include understanding art/design as the production of experiences rather than artifacts; recognizing that the viewer-participant is the actual center of the work; and that the nexus of memory and emotion must be triggered in order to produce transformational personal meaning. [+]

The project is an intersection of John Dewey’s analysis of art as experience, Alan Kaprow’s work in relational aesthetics, the phenomenology of reader response criticism, and recent research into the neuroscience of interpretation.

The project was shown as part of Inside/Outside: Working Our Way Out of the Damaged Now (Design as Dialectics), UCSF Design Gallery, 2.16 to 03.30.17. The exhibition’s aim was to offer a dialogue on design as a practice that can “dialectically” change perceptions and reveal unexpressed potentialities. Curated by Joshua Singer and Virginia Tassinari in collaboration with DESIS Philosophy Talk @Studio Time and LUCA Arts DESIS Lab.