InsightOS has been a hive of activity! In this newsletter we’ll share some of the cultural stuff that we’ve been noodling on in Salon #3 and #4, as well as some useful resources to mark IWD :)

Originally posted on InsightOS

#3 Portability

Following our Refashioning Activism Insight Salon, we kicked off a project that will radically intersect two very different realms: fashion and finance:

One of the keywords shaping this is ‘portability’, so this Insight Salon was a deep dive into that concept. …

Originally published on InsightOS

Over the past weeks we have been making strides. Thanks to our salons, and the beautiful collective members, the form of InsightOS is emerging.

Here are some of the ‘cultural selections’ that we were gravitating around in our first two Insight Salons. Enjoy :)

#1 Playful Chaos

We used a poem by Allen Ginsberg to start proceedings: ‘A Supermarket in California’. The poem has a suitable domain of keywords referring to shopping and consumerism; the search for poetic images; relating to those that came before; queer desire; and the bringing of children into the world. …

We organise our insight projects by allocating resource to the following three ‘departments’:

The Department of Style, Brand and Design

Breathing spirit into the project; creating mood boards; researching and designing visuals; mapping the concepts via infographics; and making the whole thing stand out from the crowd.

Key roles:

  • Mood maker: designing the atmosphere, vibrations and feeling of the project. This is about creating an aesthetic that emanates from every touchpoint of the project
  • Identifier: working closely with the mood maker, the identifiers create more specific assets such as logos, fonts, websites
  • Cartographer: ensuring that people can navigate around the increasingly complex terrain of contemporary insight, the…

Summary: Finance and fashion have collided. This manifesto calls for a new approach to money and finance via the metanarrative of ‘design’. It is an exercise in applied imagination, systems thinking, and collectivism; and it aims to develop a rich intertextual story that authentically reflects the mindset of the Recession Generation.

Eden will imagine the possibilities of authenticity in the cultural and creative economy. The following fragments set our trajectory…

Eden is a utopia

‘Design’ is our metanarrative, not technology or economics. As designers, we need a a utopia to design towards and a dystopia to push against. Eden is our trajectory.

Eden is a paradise, lost

‘Utopia’ has…

Artwork by https://www.instagram.com/jonibelaruski/

If we wish to expand the possibilities of our experience of the internet, we should pay close attention to different types of social arrangements that have emerged over the centuries.

The ‘Salon’ Experience

DESCRIPTION: Salons were popular in the 18th century. They were places for polite, pleasurable and educational conversations. In the internet age — where trolling, incivility and a lack of manners are omnipresent — the idea of the salon is particularly appealing.

QUESTION: The tone of a salon is deep, meaningful and calm. It is a peaceful environment for planning new projects and collaborations. Essential is good hosting. …

A discussion guide frames research conversations, giving them flow, depth and structure. They ignite ideas, prompt reflective comments, and help a conversation meander.

After a large chunk of exploratory conversations we should have strong answers to these research trajectories.

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Design

Designing the rhythms of daily life

Many of us have started ‘working from home’ more frequently. What’s been your experience of COVID/lockdown, and how has it altered your relationship to your home/work/leisure spaces? Are you rethinking the direction of your career?

Designing new global systems

The COVID crisis has exposed many problems with our world systems…

Welcome to the publication. This article sketches the ideology behind the immersive design and insight experience ‘Collective Dreaming: Reimagining design, money and cultures’ starting on July 22nd.

It is a series of deep meaningful conversations, research outputs, collaborative spaces, and co-designed rituals shaped by next-gen voices of the Class of 2020 BA (Hons) Design Management & Cultures at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and the InsightOS research collective.

We invite you to join our deep, meaningful conversation.

Our ambition is far-reaching.

We intend to build a plurality of new worlds. We will deprivilege technology. …

Image by Charley Peters: https://charleypeters.com/portfolio/

Summary: Finance and fashion have collided. In response, Eden will adopt ‘design’ as both metanarrative and foundation for exploring money and finance. We will use applied imagination, systems thinking, and collectivism to develop a rich intertextual story that authentically reflects the mindset of the recession generation.

Eden will imagine the possibilities of authenticity in the cultural and creative economy. The following fragments set our trajectory…

Eden is a utopia

‘Design’ is our metanarrative, not technology or economics. As designers, we need a a utopia to design towards, or a dystopia to push against. This is, therefore, a philosophical and conceptual project.

Eden is a paradise, lost

Utopia has an…

A friend of mine recently wrote a long political analysis of the threat to democracy posed by Boris Johnson. I wrote a digested version from a cultural studies lens…

Boris Johnson is (according to cultural spokesperson Stormzy) a wasteman.

But what is a wasteman? According to Urban Dictionary, it is someone who does not act their age, that is disrespectful of women, and does not look after their children. Most importantly, a wasteman wastes that most precious of resources: time.

Boris is sending us backwards in time. Although clever and calculating, he performs the archaic role of a bumbling eccentric…

Artwork by Joni Belaruski: https://www.instagram.com/p/B-7I551nOlh/

I wrote this post following an LSE event where five former Latin American presidents were asked to respond to the pandemic

This crisis places us in uncharted waters.

As a species, as a global community, we are in a weak position.

There is a sense of stagnation. Institutions are not being proactive. Leaders are being pathetic. Policy reactions have been negligent and are dividing, not uniting, countries.

For the first time, the US is playing no role at all.

Regions like Latin American lack institutions that speak with one voice. …

Oli Conner

Research Designer

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