New rules of storytelling: Designer Jonathan Harris talks about Cowbird

Jonathan Harris will talk about his new project, Cowbird -- a small community of storytellers focused on a deeper, longer-lasting kind of self-expression.  He will also discuss his past work and life experience, and how those things informed the creation of Cowbird. Bio: Jonathan Harris makes projects that reimagine how humans relate to technology and to each other. Combining elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, his projects range from building the world's largest time capsule (with Yahoo!) to documenting an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt on the Arctic Ocean (with a warm hat). He is the co-creator of We Feel Fine, which continuously measures the emotional temperature of the human world through large-scale blog analysis, and has made other projects about online dating, modern mythology, anonymity, news, and language. His latest project is Cowbird, a community of storytellers working together to build a public library of human experience. After studying computer science at Princeton University, Harris won a 2005 Fabrica fellowship and three Webby Awards. His work has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, the state of Vermont (for which he co-designed the state quarter), Print Magazine (which named him a 2008 New Visual Artist) and The World Economic Forum (which named him a 2009 Young Global Leader). His work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York), and has been exhibited worldwide at Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Victoria & Albert Museum (London), the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Athens), and the CAFA Art Museum (Beijing). Born in Vermont, he now floats between Brooklyn, New York, Iceland, the open road, and cyberspace.

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  • James C.

    Very excited to see a venue that allows more storytelling than other abbreviated formats/sites. It's intriguing to think that we might be storing and sharing our life tales in this digital photobook. Where will the shifting face of digital media take us next?

    February 5, 2012

  • Dan U.

    Jonathan was a great person to have speak, though he did feel like he was rambling nonstop to get through all his material slash life story

    February 3, 2012

  • Joey B.

    Jonathan is an amazing story teller, and also had some interesting social media insights to offer.

    February 3, 2012

  • India L.

    riveting & inspiring.

    February 2, 2012

  • John C.

    Very inspiring, and well presented content. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

    February 2, 2012

  • Alexis R.

    An insightful look into the artist that Jonathan is and some high level design, indeed life, philosophies he embraces.

    February 2, 2012

  • Megan M.

    Really personal and beautiful presentation. Superinteresting new product.

    February 2, 2012

  • jules o.

    Brilliant. Original. Mind bending. Spoon bending. And above all, beautiful.

    jules older
    (and yes, feel free to share my sentiments)

    February 2, 2012

  • Roger M.

    Thoughtful presentation.

    February 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an amazing experience. Jonathan is a remarkable individual, and I felt lucky to have been able to attend his talk and to get his perspective on storytelling, code and design.

    February 2, 2012

  • Richard A.

    Special, engaging presentation; thank you.

    February 2, 2012

  • Zack P.

    That was one of the most compelling presentations I have ever seen. Great work!

    February 2, 2012

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