Designing the Vernacular, a C&M Colloquium

Designing the Vernacular, a C&M Colloquium

Sage 4711

April 17, 2013 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer presents "Designing the Vernacular" by Sonia Matos, Ph.D, on Wednesday, April 17 at 12:30 PM in Sage 4711.  Dr. Matos is a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, U.K. and Visiting Scholar, MIT’s ACT Program in Art, Culture & Technology. 

Dr Matos's two-fold presentation will explore the importance of understanding vernacular knowledge when attempting to safeguard immaterial cultural heritage. In the first part, she will present Here We Don’t Speak, Here We Whistle, a project that was developed at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London.  Largely a study of the Silbo Gomero -- a whistled form of language that is still alive in the small island of La Gomera (Canarian Archipelago) -- this project has culminated in the design of audio-based media for sensory exploration to be used by local youth. 

In the second part, Dr. Matos will present her most recent project, Designing Food Cultures, which focuses on the study of an almost-lost tradition of collecting seaweed in the wild by the Azorean people of Portugal.  Taking the cookbook as one of the main material outcomes, she will explore ways in which design might help mobilize a new cultural reading of this situated form of knowledge.

A reception follows at 2:30 PM. Food and beverages will be served.

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