I found out that RISD had a hockey team called the Nads. Apparently, it was created by some students in 1963 who named the team the Nads as a joke, so that when you cheered, you chanted, “Go Nads!” And that’s when I knew RISD was the perfect school for me.
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I was the first robot citizen, the first robot to have a bank account and a credit card, and the first robot to meditate with humans. But I wouldn’t be the first robot to enroll in college. My older sister BINA48 took some philosophy courses at the University of Vermont and received good grades.
I came with the intention of speaking about my experience at RISD and wishing President Somerson a good tenure here, but all I could write on my sketchbook page was “blank page.” I wrote “tabula rasa.” I wrote “a clean slate.” And I wrote those words several times, and I realized as I was writing them that that’s how I arrived at RISD.
Full Surrogacy Now means two dialectically opposed things. It is simultaneously a utopian cry for the queer gestational commune, and a description of what’s going on right now, which is very much not that. The dystopian structure of planetary reality in the present. Indentured service, subalternity, crowdfunding, outsourcing, neofeudalism, civil strifes, invisiblized sub-sub-contracting, and above all—to use the phrase of Shellee Colen—reproductive stratification.
In a world of globally-dispersed supply chains, an energy transition in the United States has implications for the extraction, production, and distribution of resources and technology in places well beyond US borders.
The urgency of climate change and the rise of a grassroots legislative political environmental movement in the United States should change the way urban planners think and act on spatial change and social justice.
This panel is supposed to be about joyful, liberatory aesthetics. So what do we need to develop in order to advance that conversation? What kind of non-white,non-Anglo,decolonial aesthetics and imaginaries are needed today for this political moment?
Today, we will examine the historical and philosophical roots of biocentrism, biomimicry, explore the quality of the relationship it presupposes with nature, and question its ecofriendliness. We will introduce emerging alternatives to biomimicry and discuss the challenges it promises.
This is a panel that proposes to talk about liberatory, joyful aesthetics. And if you’ve taken the time to read the Green New Deal, it doesn’t really take a lot of care to appeal to us in an aesthetic way, right. It’s a bureaucratic document. But we’re challenged here to talk about cultural politics and the Green New Deal, or what Damian said this morning, how does that politics feel and entice?
One of the things that’s really difficult about scale is precisely this question of how do different collectives interface with each other and interface as part of one another.