16th Nov 2017: Objects, Perception and Communication by Mark Johnson

Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for some food, some socialising and an opportunity to think about how we are perceiving and communicating…


Title of talk:

Objects, Perception and Communication by Mark Johnson


mark johnson
Mark Johnson

Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

This is an activity involving mobile phones to capture photographs and video of objects in the room, or things which individuals have brought. Using a variety of analytical approaches, we will explore together the nature of objects and how they mediate the conversations we have and the ways in which we construct meaning in the world.

A few paragraphs on your subject:

We cannot imagine a world without objects – but what are they? and what are we that we recognise them? Objects illuminate the conversations we have with one another, and through our interactions with objects we learn about each other. How does this work?
Since technology allows us to capture objects in various ways – through photographs, recordings, etc. we can collect objects together, explore their nature, and understand more about each other in the process.

A few paragraphs about you:

I am a cybernetic educational technologist. That means I am interested in the interface between systems, tools and philosophy. It also means I make sense of things by drawing diagrams of system interactions based on principles of self-organisation. I am particularly interested in the ways technology changes education.

What free internet knowledge resources would you recommend to others if they wish to explore your chosen theme further?

There’s some software which people can download, and for those interested in cybernetics, there is a huge literature, much of which is freely available.

What are your weblinks?

Website –
Blog – http://dailyimprovisation.blogspot.com
Twitter – mwjtweet
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=729587702
Public Email – [email protected]