My work is in performance and technology.
When my university wanted to promote my work they took the picture above. Why does holding a sword represent my research? I have no idea, but the picture makes me smile every time I see it.
My work is the study of how we do, what we do, when we do, what we do. I believe studying performance technology should be one of our central practices. For me, ideas are not as important as action. We should study what people do, and not what they say. If we use this approach, we can reflect on our lives, rather than obsessing over what we think about life. It sounds simple, but I find most of us can benefit from exploring how we live.
Technology is my primary focus. When the Ancient Greeks debated the best way to live they spoke of techné. Techné refers to a practice of finding what you are best suited to do, and then dedicating yourself to developing that practice in service of others. It is an important legacy from Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and the network of information in which they lived. Their school of thought is often labelled Western, but the idea of techné was part of a philosophical network developed over trade and travel routes belonging to both East and West.
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