Can a lab be an undivided house? Making room for critique and repair in tech
We hope you'll join us for this segment of the Media Lab Perspective Series, where Future Sketches group head Zach Lieberman will moderate a conversation with Sara Hendren, a professor at Olin College of Engineering.
Plenty of technology environments make sweeping claims for mixing the arts and engineering. Call it STEAM, or maker culture, or interdisciplinarity by any name: there's no shortage of optimism that what is technologically functional might also be beautiful—or elegant, or surprising, or otherwise aesthetically pleasing—and that these complementary features, wed to strong ethics, create desirable social futures. But there's a missed opportunity in most laboratory environments for a much deeper engagement between the arts, humanities, and engineering. In this talk, Sara Hendren explores ideas of critique and repair for building a thriving laboratory culture.