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Susan’s belated, misplaced post

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Friends, what follows is something that I, in my newbie ignorance, thought I was posting to the Summer School site, right after I returned to NY after our meetings. Apparently the posting didn’t come here but instead went on the eSMCs Facebook page. I’m going to try to post it here, though I don’t know what I’m doing; in addition to a belated communication to the group, it functions as a test for me. If it works, perhaps we could use this space as a way of continuing and opening up some of the email conversations I’ve been having with several of you.

Anyhow, this is what I said just after the Summer School:


This was just terrific. The amount of attention and thought that went into the summer school was palpable, and the stimulation and enjoyment people are talking about are only part of the payoff. I’m sure I’m not alone in having felt well taken care of, from the broad outlines of the schedule to my idiosyncratic and transitory (though sometimes recurring) needs (where are my shoes? are you going back to the Miramar? which way is the meeting room/cafe/door/other meeting room/hotel/beach?)

To those I didn’t say goodbye to: I’m so sorry to have left the club so abruptly on Friday night, with conversations hanging and questions unasked/unanswered. I had to make a quick decision to return to the hotel with other people, was realizing how exhausted I was, and couldn’t think of a way to take my leave of you all without holding everything up. The next morning I left for Bilbao, so please take this as a heartfelt apology for my clumsy disappearance. And of course I didn’t see some of you at all after the last session. Let’s continue via email, OK?

Thank you!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

It has been a very intense week; full of very stimulating talks, open-minded conversations, highly productive team-work and forward-looking challenges. When we started organizing the summer school we could have never imagined how

Group 3 Winners of The Research-Vision Factor ;-)

Group 3 Winners of The Research-Vision Factor discussion show

far and deep we would travel along the path of enactivism and embodiment. It was thanks to you (participants and speakers) that this unpredictable experience emerged. We did all lay down a new path in walking that remains still open. Thank you very much for your active involvement, care and engagement.

We would like to encourage you to use the comment section of this post to share your impressions after the summer school.

As a reminder of the multiple experiences of the summer school we have opened a new photo gallery section on this site (please, do not hesitate to send us your photos for upload).

Thomas, Ezequiel & Xabier

Guggenheim (and Worden’s systems course)

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

I only had a little time at the Bilbao Guggenheim before leaving for the airport, but going through the exhibition I thought, this could have been a session of the summer school. I can’t recite the works and artists who prompted this thought, but there seemed to be a number that explored the body in wonderful ways; the only one I can name was by Kentridge, on illness.

On a completely different topic: some of you may have seen my post on FaceBook about my friend Lee Worden, who was  ’looking for an accessible intro to the ideas of feedback and systems.’ I referred him to the eSMCs site, but in a later email he added this: ‘I’m teaching a course “systems, networks, and strategy” as an intro-level math-requirement course at the SF Art Institute.’

Some of you can probably point him to some plausible sources. . .