Valeria Giardino

Mangrovia Design Collective

In Infos on October 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm

This is to introduce you to Mangrovia, a very interesting website that was born from the exchanges of ideas between two friends, Roberto Casati, a philosopher based in Paris, and Goffredo Puccetti, a professional designer who is now teaching visual arts in NYU Abu Dhabi.

Good and, even more interestingly!, bad design can tell us many things both about our cognition and about our way of using icons or typefaces in different context for many different purposes.

Here you find a recent post in response to a question I asked Goffredo devoted to the tension between beauty and accessibility in signage.

If anyone knows any good or bad design that is worth to share with me or with them… do not hesitate!

Morphing Castalia

In Infos, Of interest on October 1, 2014 at 10:42 am
September 29 – October 4 2014, Paris

Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers

Glass Bead is a journal and a research platform concerned with transferals of knowledge across art, science and philosophy, as well as their practical and political dimensions. Prior to its launch in 2015, Glass Bead is undertaking a year of inquiry in the form of an audio research program and a series of public events. Launched in New York in April 2014, this inquiry is pursued this autumn in Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

The world imagined by Hermann Hesse in The Glass Bead Game (Das Glasperlenspiel, 1943) located the possibility of synthesizing all forms of knowledge in a game played by a group of intellectuals settled in Castalia, a fictional province of central Europe secluded from the world and its historical and political vicissitudes. Considering Castalia as an equivocal image of the modern project of knowledge synthesis, this week of residency at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers will investigate how new synthetic methods in mathematics, such as diagrammatic logic and category theory, have radically transformed the space of reason and opened possibilities for navigating between heterogeneous and increasingly specialized epistemic sites.

Through a series of public events, workshops and interviews, this week will unfold as an exploration of these methods, their impact on contemporary natural and cultural sites, and their consequences for art practices.

14. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Semiotik-Kongress 2014 in Tübingen

In Paper presentations on September 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Our panel is tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Here is the program (unfortunately, the panel with Dom Lopes is at the same time):

Sektion 5: Körper (HS 9)

Body Diagrams. On the Epistemic Kinetics of Gesture
Panel 1.5 (Mi, 09.00 – 10.30, HS 9)
09.00 – 10.00 Frederik Stjernfelt: Notions of Embodiment Concerning Diagrams
10.00 – 10.30 Alexander Gerner: Notes on Epistemic Enhancements by “Moving (Pictures) Gestures of Thought”

Panel 2.5 (Mi, 14.30 – 16.00, HS 9)
14.30 – 15.00 Valeria Giardino: Diagramming. Connecting Cognitive Systems to Enhance Reasoning
15.00 – 15.30 Christina Krause: Information Bundles and Their Associated Signs. How Gestures Can ‘Make’ Mathematical Meaning
15.30 – 16.00 Paola Crespi: ‘The Language of Movement’. Rudolf Laban’s Diagrammatics of Gesture

Panel 3.5 (Do, 09.30 – 10.30, HS 9)
09.30 – 10.00 10.00 – 10.30
Nikolaus Gansterer, Emma Cocker, Mariella Greil: Choreo-Graphic Figures. Deviations from the Line
10.00 – 10.30 Discussion

For more information, see the conference website.

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