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What is Technology? (Day 3 of 3 + OMSI)

What is Technology? will examine interactions and transactions among practical arts and tools, techniques and processes, moral knowledge and imagination, to navigate our everchanging world. In a broad sense, technology can be understood as methods of intelligent inquiry and problem-solving into all domains of life. This year enacts a collaborative network of research by cultivating information and communication as the heart of science, technology, engineering, art, medicine, and environments.


Amber Case, Research Associate, Institute for the Future “Sound, Design, and Humanity”

Peter Golding, Journalism and Citizenship, School of Arts and Cultures, Northumbria/Newcastle University, UK “The Conditionality of Citizenship: Communications, Technology and Inequality”

Nandini Ranganathan, Liberal Arts|Mathematics & Science/MAKE+THINK+CODE, Pacific Northwest College of Art “Critical Making and Aesthetic Inquiry: Material Investigations of the Implications of Technology”

Carolyn Marvin, Culture and Communication/Media at Risk, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania “Technology: Rolling Up History Behind Us and Other Fighting Words”

Melissa Gregg, Principal Engineer and Research Director, Intel Corporation “Technologies for Time Management in An Always On World”

Clifford Christians, Communication/Journalism/Media and Cinema Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign “Philosophy of Technology’s Dwelling and Problems in Ontology”


including: History of Technologies, Culture, Environment/Ecological, Embodiment, Solutions/Fix, Art|Music and more.


Coffee Service, Lunch, and an immersive ...


• Guided Tour with Dave Laubenthal, OMSI Creative Director (signup required • limited availability)

The Harry C. Kendall Planetarium

• Special Solo Performance by Kenji Williams, NASA | Univ. of Colorado Boulder

• Curated Screening of Fulldome Works

THEORY managed by Bon Appétit

• Special Reception with a featured Microperformance | Installation

Please see below for more details about Day 1 and Day 2.

This year marks the ten-year anniversary What is…?, bringing together natural and social scientists, scholars, government officials, industry professionals, artists and designers, as well as alumni, students, community organizations, and the public.

This event is part of the What is Technology? series

  1. What is Technology? (Day 1 of 3)

  2. What is Technology? (Day 2 of 3)

  3. What is Technology? (Day 3 of 3 + OMSI) (Currently Viewing)

This Festival Event has ended.


Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9:00am to 8:00pm


UO Portland/White Stag Block and OMSI


University of Oregon Portland and OMSI

What is Technology? is a conference-exhibition at the UO PDX, and an experience at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.