Adam Nocek is Founding Director of the LCT and Assistant professor in the philosophy of technology and science and technology studies in the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at Arizona State University. Nocek has published numerous essays on architecture and design, artificial life, process philosophy (especially Whitehead and Deleuze), and biotechnology. He is the co-editor of the collection, The Lure of Whitehead (Minnesota 2014), and a special issue of the journal Inflexions titled, “Animating Biophilosophy” (2014). He is currently working on two manuscripts: the first is titled, Animating Capital: Molecules, Labor, and the Cultural Production of Science (Minnesota); and the second is titled, Politics by Design: The Imagination Economy and Design Futures.
stacey moran nocek, associate director of the LCT, is faculty 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.
ron broglio (field marshal) is an associate professor of english, director of graduate studies, and senior scholar at the global institute of sustainability at arizona state university. broglio's research focuses on how philosophy and aesthetics can help us rethink the relationship between humans and the environment. in beasts of burden: biopolitics, labor and animal life in british romanticism (suny 2016) he examines the birth and limits of state power into life of citizens and animals alike. his work surface encounters: thinking with animals and art (university of minnesota press 2011) develops a language for animal studies through examination of contemporary art and phenomenology. his book technologies of the picturesque: british art, poetry, and instruments 1750-1830 (bucknell 2008) develops the phenomenological engagement between bodies and technology in the british landscape aesthetic. current projects include a dairy cattle art installation at the university of waterloo and a manifesto on the animal revolution.
Elena Rocchi is a current Ph.D student at the Doctor of Philosophy in Design, Environment, and the Arts program at Arizona State University, BSED Program Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor at ASU The Design School, and Former Fellow at Taliesin the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. She has been Professor at the Architectural School at ESARQ-UIC, Barcelona, Spain, and Professor of Thesis and Co-Director of Master “Interior Design for Commercial Spaces” at IED Istituto Europeo di Design. She won an Honorable mention in Europan 8, Architectural competition for young architects in 2006 and the second prize in the young architects competition for Housings, Barcelona in 2003, and she has been Senior Architect and Office Director of Miralles Tagliabue Associated Architects from 1995 till 2008. She gave lectures and Workshops in Spain, England, Germany, USA, France, Italy, Greece, Denmark, Mexico, South Africa, Argentina in different Universities and institution as ETH Zurich, Cornell University, Ithaca, IUAV of Venice, UNAM, University of Architecture of Mexico, Ecole d’Architecture de Nancy, Architectural Society of Casablanca, Morocco, Architectural School of Bordeaux, France, Children of Scotland Foundation, Scotland, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town’s Schools of Architecture, South Africa, Fapyd in Rosario and Torcuato di Tella Schools of Architecture in Buenos Aires, Argentina, CCA Art School San Francisco.
Architecture from Body To Field; Architecture/Interior architecture as the interface between humans and nature, and with a focus on writing (theory), drawing (design), and History of Architecture; History of Roman Architecture; Drawing on Origin; Analog + Digital; Urban Scenography; The Image of Rome; the Post-production of ideas.
Director of Architectural Positions
Luke Kautz is an instructor and digital design fabrication specialist in the school of Arts, Media + Engineering. Previously he worked in the offices of Frank Gehry, and has taught at the Knowlton School of Architecture as a lecturer. His interests are in the speculative and pragmatic influences between philosophy and architecture, and his current research focuses on compression and the city, textiles as ideology, and the coming age of adaptation. He also has a long standing obsession with camouflage.
angela sakrison is a cultural geography phd student, studying the cultural effects of climate change -- how the experience of destruction and decay reshapes community and culture, beyond the geophysical, and beyond the human. she is particularly interested in the role affective objects and art encounters play as creative incongruities, how they encourage attunement to the environment or shifts in perspective (and perception). her research is informed by the process philosophies of Whitehead, Bergson, and Deleuze, as well as post-phenomenology and post-humanism. she serves as the research manager of the laboratory for critical technics, and co-director of the post-human network.
garrett johnson draws on his practical and theoretical experiences in music as a phd student in media arts and sciences at arizona state university, where he pursues interests including posthumanism and mind, ensemble entrainment and coordination, and interactive installation and dance performance. in 2015, he completed his ma in musicology at arizona state university, where he wrote a masters thesis investigating the role of the body in david rosenboom's exploratory use of electroencephalography in musical performance.
celina osuna is a second year phd student in literature at asu. she is also enrolled in the critical theory certificate. currently her research interests include: nonhuman and human phenomenology of the desert, american literature of the long 20th century, solargraphy, desert literature, critical theory and studies of: place, memory, time, and light.
Zachary Thomas is a second year graduate student at Arizona State University focusing on 19th-21st Century American literature and cultural studies – his theoretical practice includes vital materialist and process ontologies in the posthumanities – and his engagements with music and film keep him limber in both an interdisciplinary and professional sense.
charis elliott is a graduate student in arts, media + engineering at arizona state university, research coordinator and research assistant at laboratory for critical technics, co-director of post-human network, and founder/designer for mother of gideon. charis holds a dynamic set of experiences in design of both the physical and abstract resulting in the creation of objects in jewelry, clothing, audio, film, graphic, conceptual, social, and structural. her current graduate studies are a continuation of exploration and experimentation in understanding complexities and connectedness from the self to the world while developing a lexicon of both word and creation to communicate and explore this abstract terrain. charis' ambition is to vision out and create new paths leading to understanding our shared world through both the alien of nonhuman and other, and the familiar abstracts of self and each other.
Silvia Neretti (-Pillow) was born in Bologna, Italy where she carefully avoided learning to cook for no specific reason (I regret it). She received her bachelor degree in Industrial Design from the Faculty of Design and Arts, Free University of Bolzano (2012) and her Master degree in Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven (2014). “The Unhappiness Repairer” is her Master Thesis. She is a Fulbright fellow (2016) and she is now second-year Ph.D. student at the Herberger Institute for Design and Art, at Arizona State University. She is exploring the subject of Design for Behavior Change. She is fascinated by how artifacts make us behave and she challenges herself to design these concepts: crisis, change, happiness, fear, paradoxes, habits, mistakes, unexpected, invisible, alchemy and utopia.
Born in Dominican Republic and raised in Cyprus, Emiddio
Vasquez works at the interstice of media art, continental
philosophy and mathematical thinking. He works with sound on
both the stage and in the gallery space.
Connor McKee is a graduate student in the Digital Culture program and Arizona State University. His research includes design theory and philosophy, spatial activity, and experiential media production. He pursues methods of design which will enable a greater comprehension of spaces and the people within, as well as utilizes emerging technologies to understand the energies of rural and urban expanse.
Maureen van Dobben is an undergraduate Digital Culture student at Arizona State University, studying media processing and software engineering. Her interests include incorporating design theory into software design, the intersection of technology and everyday life, as well as exploring the unique qualities of life in the desert.
Michael Stears was born and raised in Tempe, AZ. He graduated from Corona Del Sol High School and studied Mechanical Engineering at Northern Arizona University before transferring to Arizona State University. Michael is currently a senior studying Environmental Design with an emphasis in Architecture. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Architecture
Christopher is a senior in environmental design at the Herberger Design Institute. He grew up in California and Texas. Christopher is interested in architecture, poetry, sound design, and film making. He loves to travel and explore new places in his free time.
Marci is currently a junior in the Graphical Information Technology with an emphasis in web design. She has a background in special effects and graphic design, with special interests in UX and package design. Marci enjoys cats, studio ghibli movies, and gardening.