A/D/O Design Seminar: On Religion and Spiritual Fictions.

What is the sublime? What is beyond the possibility of calculation, measurement and imitation? How does our vision and belief of what we can’t see become actualized through Maslow’s law? This month at A/D/O, for our final seminar of the year, we unraveled the sublime with experts in design, technology, architecture and social research.

We opened with a presentation by Zach Lieberman on the role poetics plays in design. Are poetics the new form of the sublime? Is it our new religion? Zach is an experiential designer and a pioneer in information design and creative coding. He co-founded School for Poetic Computation and co-created openFrameworks.

Zach joined panelists Zahid Ajam, Architect and designer at WORKac and Suzanne Schneider, Deputy Director at The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.

Zahid discussed architecture in the context of religion focusing on the origins of the first religious structures. He worked on “Praygrounds” an exhibition at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, focused on The Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque.

Suzanne is an interdisciplinary scholar and author interested in the origins of religion and why society needs it. She discussed the sociological nature of our need for religious institutions.

Together, we dove into religious practices in sacred spaces, the economies of religion and religious storytelling with Pastor Russel Joyce of Hope Church Brooklyn. The seminar was led and curated by Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun and Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios.

November 12, 2018
6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
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