International Summit on Critical and Transformative Making
30 Nov – 2 Dec 2017
HONF Foundation Space
BARCODE | Kitchen and Bar
Despite successive advances in the humanities, in science and engineering, humankind has reached an impasse. In East and West alike, societies veer awkwardly to an authoritarian nationalism once deemed a relic of the past. Energy and natural resources are squandered on an inequitable economic system, leaving millions hungry, whilst global warming threatens ecological collapse.
Since the mid-20th century, influential thinkers have critiqued the excesses of rational modernity, and the relativism of post-modernity respectively. In more recent times, a globally networked culture has eclipsed our earlier notions of society. As a result of this global society, an abundance of knowledge based resources has reshaped our idea of what is permissible, and more importantly, what is possible.Given these unique circumstances, we must now challenge ourselves to understand what it means to be alive in an age of contradictions.
Join us at Transformaking 2017: ALIVE as we trace the precarious path ahead through the lens of optimism. We ask vital questions on how new knowledge can be used to empower people in an otherwise exclusive system. On science, technology and innovation, we ask if is it possible to avert catastrophe through rational means alone. On society, we ask how to reconcile individual needs within the local and global collective. Finally, throughout all of this, we explore the significant role matters of dignity and personhood must play in critical dialogues in innovation.
30 November 2017
2 December 2017
Discussion, Transformaking Workshop Series (session_02)
1 December 2017