Praxis Salon: Embodied Practices for Digital Technology Research
November 8, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Nelson Fine Arts Center (FAC), Room 231

Attendee Limit: 12 people

Digital technologies are moving closer to and even into the human body, effectively rendering it invisible. Coined by Mark Weiser as Invisible Computing, many digital interfaces now “weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” While technologies may appear invisible to the naked eye and continue to demand less of our visual attention, our understanding of the world is created not just through our eyes but through our multisensory, bodily experiences. Therefore, this movement of technologies from our desks, to our hands, and onto our skin should, but often does not account for our broader, felt experiences.

This workshop explores central role of the palpability, of feeling of our active senses in digital technology design and scholarship. Attendees will:
1. engage in movement-centric explorations of both analog and digital materials and objects,
2. relate data and algorithmic design to one's own lived experience,
3. reflect on the ways in which digital technologies (in)directly affect our own conscious practices.

Who should participate?
This workshop is for anyone conducting research between humans and digital technology. Prior movement experience is not required. This workshop is about cultivating conscious awareness of our living, moving bodies, not about crafting virtuosic movement.

What should I bring?
Comfortable clothing, pen, and paper.

What should I know before coming?
Embodied practices use loosely structured frameworks to offer participants space and room to make conclusions relevant to them. With this, much of our time will be spent in action, rather than verbal reflection.

Workshop facilitator, Jessica Rajko
Jessica is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the liminal space between somatically informed dance and human-computer interaction (HCI) design. As an assistant professor at Arizona State University, her current work investigates the ethical and corporeal implications of digital technologies and big data from an intersectional feminist lens. She has developed movement-centric curriculum and custom technologies for kinesthetic and somatically informed HCI design.

Jessica is a founding co-Director of the ASU Human Security Collaboratory and is affiliated with the Arts, Media and Engineering Synthesis Center as a collaborative researcher/artist. She serves on the steering committee for the PAVE Program in Arts Entrepreneurship and is the mentor for the dance MFA concentration in Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance. She is the co-founder and co-director of urbanSTEW (, a non-profit arts collective that creates participatory, art/tech installations to engage local communities in multisensory, felt experiences.

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