Mozilla Festival 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 8:00am to Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 5:00pm

Materializing Mental Health

Ulu Mills (MDes), Jen Brown (Senior Graphic Designer, University Advancement), and Dan Lockton will be running an Imaginaries Lab workshop at the Mozilla Festival (MozFest) on Saturday October 26. MozFest is an international gathering of educators, activists, technologists, researchers, artists, and young people dedicated to creating a better, healthier internet.

As part of the Festival's Neurodiversity space, curated by the Mozilla Foundation and the BBC's CAPE Neurodiversity initiative, Materializing Mental Healthbuilds on projects from 2018's Imaginaries Lab elective New Ways To Think, developed further to enable public engagement activities. Visitors to MozFest will be invited to use a range of modeling materials with different sensory properties, to express emotions, feelings, aspects of mental health, wellness, self-care, or other intangible-but-important elements of thinking and experiencing the world.

Visitors can contribute to a shared Empathy Rock Garden and create Personalized Potions which capture a picture of emotional needs and wellbeing (building on work by Ulu, Jen, Michal Luria (HCII) and Supawat Vitoorapakorn (BDes)), build personal sculptures embodying hard-to-describe emotions (using elements of the Emotional Modeling project by Design alumni Katie Herzog, Laura Rodriguez, and Josh LeFevre along with Arden Wolf and Nowell Kahle), and use the Mental Landscapes toolkit by alumna Delanie Ricketts and Dan Lockton (see also a recent article in ACM Interactions) to create 'landscapes' for neurodiverse teams.

Workshop: Saturday October 26, 2019, 11.15am