Working Group: The Art of Judgement

Organizer, Nina Lerman

Livia Marin, Nomad Patterns, 2012

The process of "making things work" demands a collaboration involving many decisions, small and large, constrained by one's own plans and other people's, by material circumstance, and by culture and knowledge cultures. Whether in the sciences or the arts, knowledge enactment is very rarely a value-free zone. Men, women, children, professionals and laymen, in and out of the workplace explored and apprehended the nature of their world and its material contingencies, whether at an everyday or specialist level, within ethical, cultural, social, and political agendas. A judgement about whether a product, a method, or a form of knowledge was good or bad, fine or coarse, correct or false, useful or superfluous, authoritative or transgressive, sometimes drew on unspoken rules and values of custom and habit, and sometimes referred to more explicit yardsticks such as ritual or religious norms, legal codes or established standards.

Members of this working group will meet regularly from Sep-2014 to Aug 2016 to analyse decision making and organizational strategies’ role in scientific and technological change.