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2015 STS Making and Doing Program

Making and Doing 2015

Visual and Sensory Approaches

STS projects that resulted in effective artistic creations, including those in audio-visual format or in public installations, exhibits, and performances. The presentation should be accompanied by a narrative that links the project to STS scholarship.

Lightbox: Art|Information

Matthew Battles

To explore art's imbrication with digital technology in contemporary museum practice, metaLAB designed and developed a participatory media installation in the Harvard Art Museum.

Body Editing

Paula Gardner

Body Editing is a biofeedback performance installation wherein participants can move in a 20x20 space, with audio and visual feedback responding to their movement and biodata.

Making Mirror Neurons

David Gruber

“Gesture / Language / Mirror” is a media art installation that takes “mirror neuron” (MN) findings from the neurosciences as inspiration for a new algorithm that matches gestures across videos of actors performing group therapy transcripts

The Anarchy of the Imagination

Steve Hamilton

The Anarchy of the Imagination explores the psycho/emotive landscape posited by Hans Monderman’s “shared space” proposal for designing urban intersections that lack markings and signals.

Civic Laboratory: Plastics

Max Liboiron

As microplastics are ingested by marine life, their associated chemicals bioaccumulate in animals and biomagnify up the food chain, making marine plastics an environmental justice issue. Our tools are designed to make this problem visible and actionable.

Film: Medical Imaging

Merete Lie

The film is a documentary that explores the cultural premises of medical imaging with a focus on visual styles, scientific styles, and cultural metaphors of human biology.

The Shore Line

Elizabeth Miller

The Shore Line is a collection of stories about individuals who are responding to the threats of massive development, destructive storms, and rising sea levels on coastal communities around the world.

Empirical Prints

Kasper Ostrowski

Discover the surprisingly aesthetic qualities of marooned everyday objects. In this booth we explore materiality and ontology by having pieces of litter turned into empirical prints – unique, artistic monotypes.

Making Science Visible


This exhibition explores the photography of Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) and its use in both scientific and artistic contexts. It

Futurescape City Tours

Cynthia Selin

The Futurescape City Tours are a constellation of deliberative engagements that use digital and analog media and an urban walking tour to build the capacity of lay citizens, scientists and engineers, and civic stakeholders to reflexively approach the intersections between science, technology and society.

Light Years

Wesley Shrum

Light Years (5 min film) was made for UNESCO by 4S and Ethnografilm to launch the 2015 International Year of Light.

The Now(here) Project

Ardath Whynacht

The Now(here) Project is a participatory, digital installation created with a group of women living with the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder, which is, arguably, the most highly stigmatized diagnosis in the APA Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.


All Projects

Barbosa e Silva: STS ‘Making’ and ‘Knowings’

Battles: Lightbox: Art|Information

Clement: Mapping Internet Surveillance

Collier: The SERRC

Comisso: Scientific Legislation

Cross: Off The Grid

de la Torre: STS+ With Practitioners

Forlano: Reimagining Work

Gardner: Body Editing

Gruber: Making Mirror Neurons

Hamilton: The Anarchy of the Imagination

Hermans: rePlay: De-commodifying Music

Hosman: Solar Digital Libraries

Iles: Greening Chemistry

Irani: Matters of Care in Crowdsourcing

Jain: Things that Art

Klein: Experimental Methods

Lakoff: Limn: An Experimental Scholarly Magazine

Lee : Teaching Sewol Disaster

Liboiron: Civic Laboratory: Plastics

Lie: Film: Medical Imaging

Loukissas: Life and Death of Data

Lucena: CSR & Social Justice

Miller: The Shore Line

Morales-Nasser: STS and ART

Myers: The Write2Know Project

Nieusma: STS Design Program

Ostman: Nano & Society

Ostrowski: Empirical Prints

Peek: Making Machines that Make

Poirier: Cyberinfrastructure for STS

Quitmeyer: Mobile Wilderness Making

Richardson: Critical Digital Exhibits

Riley: Doing Engineering Justice

Rogers: Making Science Visible

Sabanovic: A Human-Centered Robotics Curriculum

Schwartz-Marin: Citizen-Led Forensics

Selin: Futurescape City Tours

Shrum: Light Years

Smiley: ‘zines as method

Southwick: BlackBox Vending Machine

Stettler: Can Innovators Be Made?

Taylor: Connecting-Probing-Reflecting Spaces

Vidart-Delgado : Department of Play

Visperas: Thinking with Catalyst

Wang: Wooden Boat Building

Warren: Crafting Digital Stories

Watts: The Energy Walk

Whynacht: The Now(here) Project

Woelfle-Erskine: Tell a Salmon

Ziewitz: How’s My Feedback?

Zuiderent-Jerak: Situated Intervention