This week is a conversation with Sophia Roost and we’re discussing her book ‘Synthetic, How Life Got Made’. If you’re listening to this as designer whether that be architect, landscape architect, or anyone responsible for the objects and environments we interact with, wear or ingest, then your probably familiar with the problematics of a discourse that tries to describe things as either ‘natural or artificial’. In order to engage and over come such dichotomies its important to know of the people and investigations that are both responsible classifications, and taxonomies that got us here and the work that is forcing those same classifications to be questioned.
Madeline Schwartzman is a New York City writer, filmmaker and architect whose work explores human narratives and the human sensorium through social art, book writing, curating and video making. Her book See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception (Black Dog Publishing, London, 2011)—the first of a series—collects the work of artists, interaction designers, architects and scientists who speculate on the future of the human sensorium through wearables, devices, head gear and installations. Her forthcoming book See Yourself X: Human Futures Expanded (Black Dog September 2017) explores the future of the human head, using fashion, design and technology to speculate on how me might extend ourselves into space. Schwartzman is the curator of the upcoming show See Yourself E(x)ist at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery (December 7th – February 17th). She has been the guest curator of two exhibitions: Objects of Wonder at the Beall Center for Art + Technology (2016) and See Yourself Sensing at San Jose State University (2013). All three exhibitions are the result of her books, and her offshore brain—her See Yourself Sensing blog on Facebook.
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