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"Kuhnian Tensions"

This is a reflection on The Essential Tension (1977) and The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) by Thomas Kühn as well as a translated copy of Paul Hoyningen-Huene's Reconstructing Scientific Revolutions (1993). I am interested in taking a Kuhnian perspective on conceptual change and development within the mind of an individual. How does the human mind manage the risk of novel information? How is the human mind capable of both convergent and divergent thought? What is the fabric of a worldview? Is there a relationship between intrinsic curiosity and the allostatic regulation of this worldview?

"Episodic Mappings"

"Episodic Mappings" is an on-going personal research project. Its function is to aid my own thinking and feeling rather than to perform or entertain.

 

  • The research for "(7) I guess I'll just sit here: absorbing," helped me grapple with my need to feel immediately useful, which led me to question the utility of the need to feel immediately useful. What is the usefulness in being temporarily not useful? How do we continue to surprise ourselves in predicting what will be useful?

  • The research for "(2) the feelings of incoherence" reflects on emotional distance and the subjective experience of something being out-of-place. How can the mind orient itself within physical space and within a conceptual framework when tackling a new problem? This is a reflection on How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell and "Self-orienting in human and machine learning" by De Freitas et al. 

"What are the conditions for divergent thought?"

In collaboration with movement artists Kendall Ramirez and Faith Fidgeon. The performance of "Iteration 2" lasted two hours; every 15 minutes the choreography would loop, which is when I would switch to a different writing topic. How is my perception of the choreography in loop N influenced by my memories of loops 1, 2, ..., N-1? How is my current worldview shaped by my previous loops around the sun? How is the perception of a given concept shaped by previous encounters with that concept? This research created the conditions for my deep dive into mnemonics. But it was a delicate mixture of shared grief, graduation overwhelm, and the excitement of budding friendships that created the conditions for this initial research. Trained exclusively in math and science, I never would have thought to find myself involved in such a project. What are the conditions for divergent thought? 

"Iteration 2" was performed on April 14, 2022 at the Univ. of North Carolina School for the Arts. In "Iteration 3" my role was dramaturg. Here, we tied in threads related to emotional distancing and the absurd things we do while in grief.  "Iteration 3" was performed on April 6 & 8, 2023 at the Windmill Arts Center in Atlanta.  

** this video contains nudity

** this video contains nudity

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