Analogical Mapping and Indirect Procedures

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 4 - 6pm

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A free, public introduction to ways of surfacing systems understandings, based on work done by artist Judith Leemann in partnership with the Design Studio for Social Intervention, a creativity lab for the social justice sector. We begin with a quick tour through some of the conceptual and practical tools we have used get at and under systems: analog mapping, hacking diagrams, object choreographies, and physical model building. We offer some thoughts on what we learn about the tools themselves by watching what they do in two different contexts: in studio art classrooms where Leemann uses them in her teaching, and in activist contexts such as mobile Creativity Labs where ds4si uses them to shift habits of response within social justice circuits. We close with a facilitated run through a few of these approaches, allowing interested participants to walk their own questions through the tools on hand.

This is event is free, but reservations are required.

Located in the 41 Cooper Gallery, located in 41 Cooper Square, on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.