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Shaping Perception (2016–17)

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Perception is both active and receptive. It is biological and creative. It is shaped by all that we have learned and all that we can imagine. This project will explore the concept of "perception" as an essential form of human experience, an aspect of ourselves that defines who we are and how we relate to the world. The topic and study of perception has important implications for those interested in almost any field, from aesthetics to spirituality, neuroscience and history. Read the complete project description.

Modes and Models of Making (2016-17)

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Fundamental to daily life, and especially intellectual life, are our ideas about, practices of, and dream for making things, be they material, ephemeral, "real" or imagined. Moreover, the role of technology is pressing ever more firmly upon us to reassess how we share knowledge, circulate inventions, define ourselves as humans. In this project we invite considered reflection on what kinds of things have been, or are now worth making, and how models for thinking about creativity and craftsmanship shape why certain things (and not others) get made, re-made, and un-made. Read the complete project description.