Conversations: MECHANICS

June 2, 6-7:30 PM

Bellevue Arts Museum

The machine initiates with an idea, its core source of energy. The ancient Greeks defined ennoia as an idea, concept, or thought engaged in the mind. Laced with intent, it can hint at purpose or outline a strategy. No idea germinates on its own: sown in fertile soil, it emerges from the strata of previously conceived thoughts, plans, and actions. Additional components must be engineered for the idea to be effectuated; together, these parts form an apparatus: the Future Machine. The idea is the genesis, the initial spark that ignites the plan into action.

Joel Fariss

- Joel is a postdisciplinary designer and strategist. Currently at Gensler, he works with clients around the world to design the future; inspiring imagination and optimism through narrative, technology, and art.

Jacob Simons

- Jacob devotes himself to creating delightful and impactful everyday experiences. As a social scientist and designer, he seeks opportunity to improve the relationship between people and infrastructure. “Whether we are working or playing, learning or healing, seeking refuge or connecting with those we love, we crave interactions and environments that ignite our spirit.”

Jacob is based in Seattle with an experienced team of researchers, strategist and designers. As the Director of Design Strategy, he provides leadership in strategic engagements with clients and internal design teams to craft new products, spaces and experiences. With a commitment to elevating systems thinking and purpose-driven design, Jacob works across multiple studios, offices and regions to integrate design strategy into projects and resolve the complex challenges facing our clients.

Asta Roseway

- Asta Roseway is a Research Designer and self-proclaimed “Fusionist” in the Natural Interactions Group at Microsoft Research. Her focus lies primarily around the intersection of Art, Technology, and Science and how this combination could help generate the next generation of emerging solutions for the Environment, Emotional Health, Social Consciousness, and Sustainability. Her research often leads to interdisciplinary explorations in human computer interaction and design which would include projects such as DuoSkin, temporary interactive tattoos which recently won an interactive award at this year’s SXSW, and Lightwear, wearable light therapy for seasonal affective disorder. Asta is a strong advocate for a diverse and inclusive culture, and helped to establish Microsoft’s first ever Artist in Residence program that enables Artists to work collectively with our Researchers. She also co-founded Digigirlz, one of Microsoft’s longest running diversity programs that aims to educate and inspire high school girls about the Tech Industry. She is a Parsons School of Design alumni.

Dave Rosencrans

- is a native Washington resident and an active maven/connector in development of our region's future machine. He has provided direction at the intersection of creativity and commerce, holding leadership positions at vanguard Northwest organizations such as KCMU Radio (now KEXP), Sub Pop Records, EMP Museum (now MoPOP) and Chihuly Studio. Additionally, his private consultancy offers small business and design expertise to many companies, including Electric Coffin. Currently, Dave is Director of Operations for Ecotope, a leading research, design, and policy team delivering energy efficiency for the built environment.

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