Monthly Archives: February 2012


Lecture by Mark Ingham – Wednesday 29 February 9.30 – 10.45 David Fussey Lecture Theatre

University of Greenwich – Design Futures Department


How and Why to Write Your Own Personal Manifesto:

 Note: This is a guest post from Zach Sumner.

“I only read nautical novels and my own personal manifestos.” – Ron Swanson

If I were to say the word “manifesto,” you might think of either Communists or serial killers. This is understandable; the word has taken a beating over the years.

But what if I were to tell you that writing my own manifesto has absolutely changed me, for the better, as a man?

A Manifesto: Defined

The word manifesto traces its roots to the Latin manifestum, which means clear or conspicuous.  A manifesto is defined as a declaration of one’s beliefs, opinions, motives, and intentions. It is simply a document that an organization or person writes that declares what is important to them.

A manifesto functions as both a statement of principles and a bold, sometimes rebellious, call to action. By causing people to evaluate the gap between those principles and their current reality, the manifesto challenges assumptions, fosters commitment, and provokes change.

While manifestos are traditionally public declarations, every man can also have a personal manifesto.

A lot of people already have books or documents that are important to them and that sum up their beliefs. For some, it’s a religious text, and for others it’s the Constitution. I knew one person who’s manifesto was Machiavelli’s The Prince, and I still don’t know what to make of that.

What Have You Learnt so Far?

A review of your lectures this term by Mark Ingham

Wednesday 22 February 9.30 – 10.45 David Fussey Lecture Theatre

The questions that will be asked again will be:

How do you learn? What have you learnt so far? and How have you learnt this? +

What is a Record?


Wordcloud from Dave Courmier’s post on Rhizomatic Learning


Lecture 1 – Introduction – Mark Ingham

Lecture 2 – Works – Vaughan Oliver

Lecture 3 – Surrealist Lecture – Neil Spiller

Lecture 4 – Animation/Drawing – Nic Clear

Lecture 5 – Digital Death – Stacey Pitsillides

Lecture 6 – Evolved, Not Made – Rachel Armstrong


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Comment from Rachel:

It was great to talk to you all today. From my perspective an hour went very fast and I am sure that some of you have questions. If you’d like to read more about the idea of ‘living architecture’ – which you might want to broadly think of as being ‘design with biology’ then you might like to read this excerpt from my recent TED Book which is an e-book that is available on Kindle, Nook and i-Book … but in case you can’t get e-books then this review in Fast Company is pretty fair and covers some of the ideas about the potential consequences related to a change in the way we think about – and approach the practice of ‘making’ ….

There is also something else that I never mentioned that will be relevant to your digital studies which is the NBIC convergence .. this is a ‘roughly speaking’ a quest for an information singularity that enables us to access all kinds of different media through one space … so for example, it could be possible to control the production of biofuel using mobile phone technology. I spoke a little bit about this at the ITU in a story that I wrote called ‘Futurella’ … not sure if that is online … it’s only about 5 minutes long.

I think it’s still online …

Good luck with your projects …


15 February | Lecture 5 | Rachel Armstrong

Rachel Armstrong

‘Evolved, not made’

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Rachel Armstrong innovates and designs sustainable solutions for the built and natural environment using advanced new technologies such as, Synthetic Biology – the rational engineering of living systems – and smart chemistry. Her research prompts a reevaluation of how we think about our homes and cities and raises questions about sustainable development of the built environment. She creates open innovation platforms for academia and industry to address environmental challenges such as carbon capture & recycling, smart ‘living’ materials and sustainable design.

Her award winning research underpins her bold approach to the way that she challenges perceptions, presumptions and established principles related to scientific concepts and the building blocks of life and society. She embodies and promotes new transferrable ways of thinking ‘outside of the box’ and enables others to also develop innovative environmental solutions. Her innovative approaches are outlined in her forthcoming TED Book on Living Architecture.

Watch Rachel Armstrong’s TED Fellows talk, “Creating Carbon-Negative Architecture” >>


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Hylozoic Ground

Stacey Pitsillides

LECTURE on Wednesday 8 February 2012 9.30am DT001

I see an important aspect of researching ‘Digital Death’ to be the opening of these research questions in the form of conversation, to everybody, as it is truly a topic that will continue to have an increasing impact on all our lives. My study seeks to use the systems of spirituality and social behaviour which can exist within the digital world to create design concepts which deal with digital death, as a “social relation” (J.Baudrillard:1993), pushing the boundaries of how we view and deal with death in the digital world.



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