Reflecting on the workshops as my primary mode of inquiry, I realized that I was hitting a dead end with that medium. While the workshops themselves (the experience of participating, and the experience of administering) was developing in a strong way, the output was remaining static. I feel as though I have played out this particular direction to it’s full potential, and am grateful for the experience of iterating upon these workshops (I’ve come to a total of 5 workshops now) to become, myself, a better facilitator of these kinds of exercises. In the interest of moving onward and upward, I have decided to approach the project in a different manner, informed by the knowledge gained from these previous experiments. I want to make myself more vulnerable in this investigation… to not be the smartest person in the room, to set myself up for much more risk… More on that soon..
I believe we are headed towards an era of sameness – an era in which innovation by the human species alone is impossible because all humanly perceivable problems are solved. While, to some, the elimination of problems may seem to be a great success, I find it to be the most pressing dilemma of mankind. Entrepreneurship, the design of new stuff as a result of our innate empathy towards others, is what makes us human. To strip innovation and ingenuity out of the human equation is to strip the very thing that makes us unique as a species.
Matthew Manos is an MFA Candidate in Media Design at the Art Center College of Design. This is his thesis blog.