Newsletter #2: Two more salons and International Women's Day

Newsletter #2: Two more salons and International Women's Day

InsightOS has been a hive of activity! In this newsletter we'll share some of the cultural stuff  that we've been noodling on in Salon #3 and #4, as well as some useful resources to mark IWD :)

#3 Portability

Following our Refashioning Activism Insight Salon, we kicked off a project that will radically intersect two very different realms: fashion and finance:

One of the keywords shaping this is 'portability', so this Insight Salon was a deep dive into that concept. Hackney's poet, and recent winner of several big prizes, Roger Robinson was perfect to help us understand this - his latest work is called 'Portable Paradise:

In this short talk he shares some of his thoughts on activism, reads his powerful love song to the NHS, 'Grace', and offers three actions people can take to help others right now:

  • If you have access to space, let people use it to help explore their trauma in creative ways ¬†
  • If you have privilege, use it now on the behalf of people that don't
  • Use stories to bring care and empathy to peoples lives

The idea of 'portability of form' is something that has been articulated by literary theorist Caroline Levine. In this talk she explores pattern, portability, routine and other 'forms'. It is called 'Pattern Recognition: literature, habit, labour'

As we have been developing our salons, we realise that they have been a combination of genre theory, theatre, performance, art and so on. This is an idea that is catching on. This talk at Future Fest uses the 'Heist' genre, character archetypes, and immersive storytelling to communicate insight

#4 Origins

Following the activity of the preceding three weeks, we had established several trajectories and workstreams for us. So this Insight Salon was going to reflect on what we mean by a 'Beginning'.

To get us hyped, we used Congo Natty as our soundtrack. His genre, Jungle, was in itself a new beginning - a radically new sound whose reverberations are still moving us today:

We posed a general question to 'noodle' upon: what is a beginning? Is it possible to point to an origin? How does this relate to sequential time? Is a beginning always in the middle? The discussion weaved into intertextuality, influence and inspiration.

We began exploring the types of partnerships that we would like to grow, and the awesome collective IAM was shared as a crew doing interesting things: The Billion Seconds Institute (

And we started tracking some heroes that we could use for inspiration as we make progress. For example, Iris van Herpen has been making clothes out of plastic recycled from the sea

Shortly after this salon, Banksy dropped his latest work which seemed to illustrate much of what we were talking about, weaving and repurposing references:

There was a line we loved in this video. So we, as InsightOS, are going to use this line by Bob Ross, that Banksy used in his video, as a mission statement:

'I just wanna tell you a technique, and turn you loose on the world'

International Women's Day

Collective member, Nicole, posed us a challenge to mark this day of radical thinking:

Share an artwork/project that raises awareness and shows the continuous movement towards a more just and equal society for all genders

Here are the replies:

"Scent of 100 Women" by Anicka Yi.

She cultured bacteria from the vagina of 100 women to create an experience for the visitors of the exhibit. It was based on scent and addressed the scent-atrophied culture in the west: predominantly aseptic as financial and governmental places which are historically patriarchal

The CyberFeminism Index is a feast of theoretical papers concerning contemporary feminist thought created by Mindy Seu

This short and funny video by Swedish director, Anna Mantzaris, is about stopping the motherhood penalty

On a musical vibe, this is a playlist for a course entitled "Rhythm, Race and Revolution." Aditi, who runs the course, has curated a Listening Library which uses music "to explore ideas of race, gender, colonialism, healing and justice."

Artist and speculative designer Ai Hasegawa creates powerful work, especially work around reproductive technology:

And to explore more, this page outlines work by non-western feminist artists.


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