Flunstellas and the Future of Learning?

Flunstella > noun a thought constellation (FLocks/cLUsters/coNSTELLAtions) These days we often refer to our minds as a kind of technology. When talking about their memories people often use analogies with computers, or filing cabinets, but what if we used a different kind of metaphor? What if we used the metaphor of an eco-system instead? Flunstellas is the name for such a metaphor. Flunstellas are flocks, clusters and constellations of thoughts, emotions and memories, floating around social spaces.

If in the future we could represent the ways we think as different parts of complex, but inter-dependant eco systems, what would that look like? How would the different parts of that system interact with one another? How would we use new technology to represent this eco-system of the mind, and how would that affect how we learn?

FACT artist Neil Winterburn has collaborated with Year 8 students from Weatherhead High School to investigate how the future of learning might look if we could imagine and build models of our thoughts, emotions and memories, as playable systems.

This project sets the students as researchers asking questions and developing ideas through a variety of media including, drawing, model-making, games programming and 3D rendering and has resulted in a stunning installation in the FACT Atrium. Look up!