Empires, Villages, Ecologies of Experimental Practices



  • Empires, Villages, Ecologies of Experimental Practices



  • Synthesis@ASU and Leonardo convene a conversation about experimental practices in arts and sciences and ecosophic sense-making. Experiment and experience combine both creating novelty and inhabiting / living sense-making. Speculative design, engineering, philosophy, and experimental arts and humanities are transforming the very objects, subjects, materials and methods of their constitutive disciplines and practices.

    This endeavour implies an understanding of the arts (including literature, the performing arts and other practices) as a mode of alchemical knowledge production and practice predating the modern split into arts and science. But in the 21c, the re-flourishing of experimental practices hybridizing philosophical hypotheses, “heuristic fictions”, speculative engineering, and literary/ artistic/ musical/ movement-based thought experiments has overgrown the models of start-ups and grants we inherited from 20c techno science and public management culture.

    What are some of these new modes of sense-making practices that simultaneously constitute new kinds of inquiry and new kinds of inquirers, and new senses of matter? And what are the ways in which we can sustain such practices non-anthropocentrically in the changing ecosystems and economies of the century? We invite worldwide communities to join a curated conversation seeded by radical examples of experimental practices. For all creatives seeking to regenerate people, society, planet.