The Future of Learning

Weatherhead Media Arts College explore The Future of Learning through 'Flunstellas'. FACT artist Neil Winterburn collaborated with year seven and eight students from Weatherhead Media Arts College 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. In this project the students became the researchers, asking questions and developing ideas through a variety of media including drawing, model-making, games programming and 3D rendering.

Flunstella > a thought constellation


To explore what the future of learning could look like, the students worked with artist Neil Winterburn to explore the concept of Flunstellas.

These days we often refer to our minds as a kind of technology. When talking about memories we often use analogies such as computers or filing cabinets, but what if we used a different kind of metaphor? What if we used the metaphor of an ecosystem 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?

Find out more about Flunstellas as a concept. 

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