As our world becomes increasingly dominated by AI, algorithms and "smart" objects, understanding how machines think -- and don't -- is a critical ability. Maeda's newest book, How to Speak Machine provides a coherent framework for today's technology innovators, product designers, business leaders, and policymakers to grasp this brave new world. Drawing on his wide-ranging experience from engineering to computer science to design, Maeda shows how businesses and individuals can identify opportunities afforded by technology to make world-changing and inclusive products -- while avoiding the pitfalls inherent to the medium. No one is better suited to the task of explaining this topic than John Maeda. For years he's worked at the intersection of art, technology and humanism, whether a researcher at the MIT Media Lab, at the helm of the Rhode Island School of Design, or in the Silicon Valley startup world, at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins and at Automattic, Inc.
Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia. What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? That was the question posed by the curators, artists, scholars, and students who comprise the Philadelphia-based public art and history studio Monument Lab. And in 2017, along with Mural Arts Philadelphia, they produced and organized a groundbreaking, city-wide exhibition of temporary, site-specific works that engaged directly with the community. Reflect on your personal interpretation of what it means to be a Philadelphian, and hear from the artists and organizers about what their process. The book launch include a speaking program, party with food and refreshments, and book-signing. Free and open to the public.
If understanding human behavior is at the core of your work, join us to hear Kuang uncover its critical importance to technology and digital transformation. Connect with leaders across business, technology, and the creative economy to discover how design continues to shape every aspect of our modern lives and the future of work. An award-winning journalist and user experience (UX) designer, Kuang currently leads Google’s digital design strategy and previously served as Head of Digital Product for Fast Company. Before that, he founded Co.Design, a leading design publication where “business and design collide.”
Head over to BOK for a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping and check out some of the artists, designers, and makers that call BOK home and who will be showing off their one of a kind goods for sale at the market! The event is totally free and open to the public, as well as family and dog friendly! It'll be a great afternoon of food, drinks, shopping and socializing, so definitely come say hi!
As the year draws to a close, our stress and tension might be ramping up. So don't forget to take a moment to ground yourself in the present, and take some time to decompress. Mindfulness at the Museum is a series of drop-in guided meditation sessions facilitated by skilled holistic practitioners. Our exhibitions serve as the backdrop, as you learn how to become present in the “here and now.” Research shows mindfulness meditation can increase memory skills, foster compassion, and reduce stress. Each encounter is unique from the last, drawing synthesis between the mind and body, leaving participants equipped with knowledge on how to lead a balanced life. ( Typically, Fridays at the ICA - see web for details ).
The Fabric Workshop and Museum invites the public to join us for an afternoon of discourse and artmaking. FWM staff will lead participants through Echoes and Reverberations, a collections-based exhibition featuring work by artists Tommy Joseph of the Tlingit Tribe, Marie Watt of the Seneca Nation, James Luna of Puyukitchum, Ipai, and Mexican descent, Chilkat Weaver Anna Brown Ehlers, and Cheyenne-Arapaho artist Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds. The tour will be followed by a hands-on screenprinting workshop and book discussion, delving deeper into themes of heritage and belonging. * ( This exhibition is presented in partnership with the One Book, One Philadelphia project of the Free Library of Philadelphia, whose 2019-2020 citywide book club selection is There There, a novel by Cheyenne and Arapaho author Tommy Orange described as a "multi-voiced epic of 12 Native characters whose contemporary lives intertwine across the urban landscape." )