Catalyst: Jessica Foley
Host: Cristina Cano and David Malone
Seed: Telling Tales on IoT …
Time: 3-4pm (coffee break)
We all have a way of explaining what we do and why we do it. We tell ourselves tales about the purpose of our research, and then we tell anyone who’ll listen about it too. In technical research, we don’t often have the opportunity to reflect upon these stories and to think about their effects.
This writing workshop offers participants a chance to reflect on the stories we tell ourselves about Internet of Things research. The session will be ‘catalysed’ by Jessica Foley, a writer exploring the way information and communication technologies are shaping society inside and out.
The first half of the workshop will see Jessica introduce the seed ‘Telling Tales on IoT…’ followed by open conversation in the group, where questions and comments can be shared. Based on this discussion, Jessica will introduce a writing game that will help participants to generate short alternate tales of Internet of Things research.
Participants are welcome to write through English, through their Native Language, or through a mix of both, and are invited to combine technical RF terms with everyday vocabulary. No experience required! For more about Engineering Fictions please visit here.
Jessica is Co-Lead of the Orthogonal Methods Group and Writer-in-Residence at CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Future Networks and Communications. The Centre is spread over ten institutions in Ireland and has over 200 researchers and 40 industry partners. The Orthogonal Methods Group are unique in this context, bringing creative arts practices, critical pedagogy, feminist STS, new media scholarship and anthropology into productive tension with science and technology research. Since 2013, Jessica has pioneered a research-creation methodology called Engineering Fictions with Engineering and Artistic researchers. Engineering Fictions, and its twin Stranger Fictions, is a writing workshop that embraces the power of fiction to foster and exercise creativity, honesty, diversity and ethical courage in Science and Technology research. https://connectcentre.ie/omg
We look forward to your contribution to EWSN 2018 in Madrid, Spain!