About

The Center for Philosophical Technologies (CPT) is a strategic initiative of Arizona State University. The CPT brings together philosophers, designers, artists, scientists, and critical and creative practitioners to critique and reimagine the relation between philosophical inquiry and technological development in the twenty-first century and beyond. The CPT thinks about philosophy and technology as mutually transformative: philosophy is a technology of thought and practice and technology can be thoughtful and speculative. So conceived, the center investigates philosophical technologies at every scale: from the computational technologies used in machine learning, bioinformatics, and planetary infrastructure design to the analog technologies used in storytelling, ecological communication, and urban community building.

The center supports work through project development, faculty and student fellowships, residencies, global education initiatives, and publications.

Members

Adam NocekFounding DirectorShow MoreClose

Adam Nocek is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy of Technology and Science and Technology Studies in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University. He is also the Founding Director of ASU’s Center for Philosophical Technologies. Nocek has published widely on the philosophy of media and science; speculative philosophy (especially Whitehead); design philosophy, history, and practice; and critical and speculative theories of computational media. He recently published Molecular Capture: The Animation of Biology (Minnesota, 2021), and is working on his next monograph, Governmental Design: On Algorithmic Autonomy. Nocek is the co-editor (with Tony Fry) of Design in Crisis: New Worlds, Philosophies and Practices, The Lure of Whitehead (with Nicholas Gaskill), along with several other collections and special issues, including a special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (with Cary Wolfe) titled, “Ontogenesis Beyond Complexity.” He is the editor of Techniques Journal and is a visiting researcher at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. Nocek previously held the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Professorship.

Stacey MoranAssociate DirectorShow MoreClose

Stacey Moran, associate director of the CPT, is assistant professor in the school of arts, media + engineering and english. Stacey works at the intersections of feminist theory and technoscience, design research, and critical pedagogy. Her scholarship views gender politics as not simply being about men and women, but focuses precisely on how to understand agency, body, rationality, and the boundaries between theory/practice and thinking/making. Stacey worked in the fashion industry for twenty years, and enlists this expertise to engage new forms of speculative and critical design research. Her current research investigates how methods in the physical sciences provide a new foothold for thinking about the materiality of knowledge production in feminine writing practices.

Silvia NerettiResearch CoordinatorShow MoreClose

Silvia Neretti is a social designer and currently a doctoral candidate in the Design department at Arizona State University, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, teaching assistant and research assistant and coordinator for the Center for Philosophical Technologies at ASU. She owns a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the Free University of Bolzano, Italy and a master’s degree in Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands. Her current research aims to develop design systems to redistribute psychotherapy in everyday life, focusing on Eating Disorders, communications, and paradoxical interactions.

Luke KautzSenior ResearcherShow MoreClose

Board Members

Cala CoatsBoard MemberShow MoreClose

Dr. Cala Coats is an Assistant Professor of Art Education in the School of Art. Her research focuses on intersections of ethics and aesthetics with an emphasis on public pedagogy, nomadic inquiry, and socially engaged art. Dr. Coats has published in a range of books and journals including “Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working for Cultural Change” (Routledge) and “Bridging Communities Through Socially Engaged Art “(Routledge). She recently organized the symposium, Imaginative Futures: Arts-Based Resarch as Boundary Event, and a week-long curriculum and studio workshop for regional art educators at ASU.

Ron BroglioBoard MemberShow MoreClose

Ron Broglio is the Director of Desert Humanities at Arizona State University and Co-Director of the Institute for Humanties Research at ASU as well as Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Cumbria School of Art.
He is author of Beasts of Burden: Biopolitics, Labor, and Animal Life and Surface Encounters: thinking with animals and art among other books and edited collections including the recently published The Edinburgh Companion to Animal Studies. He collaborator and co-curator of Trout Fishing in America and Other Stories in which artists Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson examine the cultural life of endangered species in the Grand Canyon. He has performed as Field Marshal of the Animal Revolution and created a number of animal art interventions including Teat Tweet and Santio’s Gift. Currently, he is working on desert phenomenology experiments with the art/design group FoAM and is working on an artistic and theoretical treatise called Animal Revolution: Events to Come. And he is engaged in a number of long-term thinking-making experiments in the deserts of the American Southwest.

Gaymon BennettBoard MemberShow MoreClose

Gaymon Bennett is associate professor of religion, science, and technology at Arizona State University. He works on the problem of modernity in contemporary religion and biotechnology: its shifting moral economies, contested power relations, and uncertain modes of subjectivity. His book “Technicians of Human Dignity” (Fordham 2016) examines the figure of human dignity in 20th century international and religious politics and its current biopolitical reconfigurations. His co-authored book “Designing Human Practices: An Experiment with Synthetic Biology” (with P. Rabinow, Chicago, 2012) chronicles an anthropological experiment in ethics with engineers reimagining the boundary of biology and computation. And his co-authored “Sacred Cells? Why Christians Should Support Stem Cell Research” (with T. Peters and K. Lebacqz, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008) critically engages the early days of stem cell research and the unwitting role of religion in the secularization of life.

Gaymon has conducted multiple experiments in cross-disciplinary collaboration with contemporary biologists and bioengineers. He is a fellow of the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society, and an affiliate faculty member wtih the Center for Jewish Studies, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at ASU. He is a co-founder and fellow of the Center for Biological Futures in the division of basic sciences at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is also a principal of ARC [Anthropological Research on the Contemporary] and was a founding co-designer of the Human Practices Initiative at the multi-university Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC). He led Human Practices at the International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology (BIOFAB) at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. These experiments emphasize collaborative empirical inquiry, a shift from theory to shared concept work, and sustained attention to the culture and politics of knowledge production.

Grisha ColemanBoard MemberShow MoreClose

Grisha Coleman is a time-based artist working in performance and experiential media. Her work explores relationships between physiological, technological and ecological systems. As faculty, she holds the position of associate professor of movement, computation and digital media in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, with affiliations in Schools of Dance and the Design. Her art and scholarly work, echo::system, is a springboard for re-imagining the environment, environmental change, and environmental justice. Her research in movement and somatic methods informs her teaching as well as supporting transdisciplinary research; she is a member of The International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA), and works with modalities of Body-Mind Centering ™ and The Feldenkrais Method™.

Coleman is a New York City native. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally; including a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts in Media Grant [NEA], the 2014 Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford University, a fellowship at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, and multiple grants from the Rockefeller Multi Arts Project Fund, The Surdna Foundation, and The Creative Capital Foundation. She performed as a member of the acclaimed dance company Urban Bush Women and founded the music performance group HOTMOUTH, toured extensively nationally and internationally, and was nominated for a 1998 NYC Drama Desk Award for “Most Unique Theatrical Experience.”

Visiting Researchers

Stephen LooVisiting ResearcherShow MoreClose

Stephen Loo is an architect, philosopher and artist. He is Professor of Design UNSW. For more than 25 years, he has researched, taught and practiced in the transdisciplinary nexus of design, philosophy, art, performance and science. He has published widely in architecture and design theory, biophilosophy, posthumanist ethics, ecological humanities and experimental computational and digital thinking. He holds a PhD in architecture and philosophy from the University of Sydney. Recent books include Deleuze and Architecture (ed. with Helene Frichot 2012) and Poetic Biopolitics (ed. with Peg Rawes and Tim Mathhews 2016) and is currently working on Speculative Ethologies (with Dr Undine Sellbach) on the relationship between entomology, psychoanalysis and ethics. Stephen is a founding partner of award-winning design, architecture, interpretation and exhibition practice Mulloway Studio, whose projects have featured in the Venice Biennale in 2008 and 2014. He has a performance-philosophy and expanded painting art practice and has shown in Paris, Berlin, London, Sydney, Hobart and Adelaide, and is part of an international collective, The Food Project. Stephen has held Visiting Professor positions at University College London, RMIT, University of Tasmania and as External Examiner at Goldsmiths College London.

Alfredo Gutiérrez BorreroVisiting ResearcherShow MoreClose

Alfredo Gutiérrez B. is Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano of Bogotá. He is interested in opening “the future” to other pasts and “the past” to other futures. Gutiérrez explores the confluence between Western design and archeology (the only ones, to tell the truth) and the polycardinal prefigurative forms (from outside the West) that he calls dessobons.

Michael HornblowVisiting ResearcherShow MoreClose

Michael Hornblow is an interdisciplinary artist, independent arts manager, and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Design at the University of Tasmania. Before UTAS, he spent two years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Concordia University (Montreal), after completing his PhD at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. Mike has a broad background across video-making, public art, performance, and design, including presentations at Melbourne Festival and the International Symposium on Electronic Art (Sydney, Vancouver, and Hong Kong). He has a long history of creative work in South East Asia, including performing, organising and curating for Melaka Art and Performance Festival (Malaysia), festivals and art residencies across Indonesia (Asialink and the Australia Indonesia Institute), training with dance choreographers in Japan, and co-founding Buffalo Field Festival in Bangkok.

Ploy Kasama Yamtree Visiting ResearcherShow MoreClose

Ploy Kasama Yamtree is a community architect based in Bangkok, working in the areas of knowledge management, community architecture and development. She uses participatory processes, involving design, art, architecture, planning, communication, environment, public health, and climate change. Kasama is Senior Architect at Openspace, an open ground for interdisciplinary collaborations in community development; and Tar Saeng Studio, which aims to promote design for people with special needs and adaptation across Thailand. In addition to her work at Openspace, Kasama has coordinated projects at the regional level with the Community Architects Network and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights. She has also taught at several Thai university architecture and design programs. Kasama and her team have a long history of collaboration with the Nang Loeng old town community, including the restoration project Dancing House, and Buffalo Field Festival. She’s currently working with the City Farm Network in Bangkok to help communities respond to the Covid-19 situation, supporting practical skill sets for the creation of ‘food security’ areas through city farming at the community level.

Katerina KolozovaVisiting FacultyShow MoreClose

Dr. Katerina Kolozova is senior researcher and full professor at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje. She is also a professor of philosophy of law at the doctoral school of the University American College-Skopje. At the Faculty of Media and Communications-Belgrade, she teaches contemporary political philosophy. Kolozova was a visiting scholar at the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California-Berkley in 2009, and a Columbia University NY-SIPA Visiting Scholar at its Paris Global Centre in 2019. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Centre for Research and Practice – Seattle WA and the first co-director and founder of the Regional Network for Gender and Women’s Studies in Southeast Europe (2004- ). Kolozova is the author of Capitalism’s Holocaust of Animals: A Non-Marxist Critique of Capital, Philosophy and Patriarchy published by Bloomsbury Academic-UK in 2019 and Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy, published by Columbia University Press-NY in 2014.

Iris van der TuinVisiting FacultyShow MoreClose

Iris van der Tuin is Professor of Theory of Cultural Inquiry in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University and Director of its School of Liberal Arts. Iris is interested in humanities scholarship that traverses the ‘two cultures’ and reaches beyond the boundaries of academia. As such, she contributes to the new and interdisciplinary humanities and to the Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning (SoITL). She leads the research group Subjects in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching (SILT), a theme under the umbrella of the research initiative Transmission in Motion, and coordinates the special interest group AI in Cultural Inquiry and Art: Thinking and Making in the Algorithmic Condition, a SIG of the focus area Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. With Nanna Verhoeff, she recently initiated the Creative Humanities Academy: an infrastructure for collaboration between academic scholars and creative professionals, post-academic teaching, and consultancy on humanities theories, methodologies, and pedagogies