by Jorge Miñano
New ways of understanding physical systems, interpretations of agency, autonomy, and subjectivity call into question our assumptions of who we are, of what it means to be human. In the age, when human creativity is credited as the dominant, yet destructive, influence on the planetary environment, the ethical and political frameworks that establish Human Affairs are in redesign on many shop floors. This platform is intended to operate as an independent and holistic Agency, focused on the non-institutionalised research and distribution of ideas, tools, and products that review the modes, systems, and aesthetics of what it means "being material" today. We understand that people want to be inspired and seek for better and more meaningful lives, yet they are concerned with the impact of creativity, both as as dual productive/destructive force. These matters may concern and inspire our readers, a new knowledge working class, in a Tech world becoming more abstract, technical, and complex.
1. Information transcends language and knowledge today. How does everything becomes quantifiable, sublime, technical, opaque, vernacular?
2. As Stuff becomes increasingly smart, enriched with information, and connected... we couldn’t feel more alienated to things, to nature, to communities, to ourselves. How do we experience and make sense of affection, love, and care?
3. We haven’t quite yet given up on Humanity but experience a Growing Fear of Irrelevance. When did Tech became the new religion?
4. How does the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Autonomous Systems (AS), Digital Humanities (DH) and Material Sciences (MS) reconfigure now the traditional Social Sciences and it’s institutions such as Art, Education, History, Linguistics, Politics, Philosophy or Psychology?
5. Tech is not only transforming information and intelligence, it is rendering life in new ways; transforming how we live, work, love, and die. As we gaze into our screens and tap on our keyboards, Computational Intelligence is learning from the hidden places within you and me. Is it possible to quantify all images and words? Why does storytelling for the sake of telling is more relevant than ever?