Exploring online voices, tones and tools offline / Sound and Mediations as Mediators
“Technology inhibits deep thinking because it is concerned primarily with activity, not contemplation. Because thinking is fundamental to self-awareness, technology is an obstacle to self-identity. It is a threat to internality.” T.J. Rivers
Our voices are becoming louder and more distinct through the use of social media. Hidden algorithms steer our online expression. Pressures to be off and online from conflicting narratives of our online lives, create tension and questions for us. On the one hand, we are cautioned to be mindful of our use and of its negative impacts (to human connection). On the other, we are pressured use technology to reach for connection, potential and mindfulness! What does all this really mean to us? What tools can we discover to help balance the use of personal technology in our lives? And how can we collectively nourish and better care for each other in this techno-social landscape? The questions seem pressing. Are there solutions?
In this workshop we will explore elements of personal tech use: voice, utility, disruption, production and connection. Participants will have opportunity to learn and reflect on human habits with technology, with the opportunity to participate in exercises to connect and nourish themselves offline. Can we relate the experience of sound vibrations to our everyday experience of digital distributions? Use of tonal frequencies, writing exercises, and time in nature are offered to participants. We are so excited to gather and explore these questions together with you.