John Bowers



John Bowers and Lucy Suchman (Keynote)

Sonorities Symposium keynote session featuring John Bowers and Lucy Suchman, chaired by Paul Stapleton View event

John Bowers


After an early career in cognitive psychology and computer science, John Bowers has worked jointly as an improvising musician and design-oriented HCI researcher for over 20 years. His monograph Improvising Machines (2003) was an early attempt to bring together ethnographic field research methods, technical design, and artistic reflection into a common practice. His work often combines humour with reflection on foundational commitments in research and artistic fields through a commitment to making his own instruments and software and performing both solo and in improvising ensembles. His most recent work concerns the politics and pedagogy of improvisation as a form of life.

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