the Workshop Illegitimate Worlds @ AIGA DEC Frontier, Bozeman MT

Following is the prompt and resources for theDifferent Data Workshop Illegitimate Worlds at AIGA Frontier on October 8, 2016.


 

We assert that data are “facts and statistics collected together for reference or analysis” which can include many things — quantitative or qualitative, numbers and stories, maps and pictures, songs and poems and dreams. How can data help us to imagine new  possibilities?

We believe that making and discourse are not exclusive activities, but intertwined as processes of crafting material and thought. Using the frame of MONTANA WATER FICTIONS and through collective design activity, participants will explore place-based design, poetic narrative, and “illegitimate” data.

During the workshop in Bozeman, we will engage in a collaborative activity making, refuting, discarding, linking, legitimizing, delegitimizing, etc and whatever.

It could be helpful to think of what we are making as a map of illegitimate boundaries, and flows, and systems, and regions, and typologies. It might be helpful to NOT think of it of a map of the ground plane (although we may start there as a launching point.) We are not seeking to present a truth, or solve problems, but to generate questions and wonder.

SOME GENERAL RULES OF PLAY FOR THE WORKSHOP

  • Data? Think intuition, not analysis.
  • Don’t think, make
  • Failure is valid
  • New insights are the prize (there’s always a prize)

 

RESOURCES

We have started an online directory of data and some preliminary explorations and a map (a reference really) and some links to resources below. We encourage you to contribute by way of comments to this post and additions and amendments, to the directory (please contact for access permissions.)

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Following are various bits of information for the workshop. We will be updating as we move closer to the workshop.

 

MONTANA WATER
Water watch
Lakes and reservoirs
Outdoor Watering Guide
Water Smart Bozeman
Upper Missouri Basin Water Supply Report
Montana-river-map

 

GHOSTS
Montana History

 

POEMS

>Water Poems

 

RELEVANT PROJECTS / PRACTICES
Miriam Simun. The future is female the future is fluid the future is rounded the future is wet. See all those straight lines hard edges? #landissolastcentury #onwardsandunder (This is an interesting framework to consider in terms of the control of the landscape)

Western water, in poetry and policy: A review of Dam Nation

 

DAMS & RESERVOIRS IN MONTANA