Synopsis
Human Instinkz is a transdisciplinary, design-led research practice which asks "how we might investigate our relationship to the sensory, physical environments, spaces, bodies at various scales and how knowledge gained could be used to regain a sense of connection in a time of virtual presence?" We investigate this question in order to improve professional team meetings.
Previous investigations have been in contexts of work, specifically in in-person meetings of administrative staff at The New School and in organization-wide online meetings of a virtual work-team environment at a non-profit organization.
Roles: Fellow design-led researcher, interviewer, design strategy & implementation.
Collaboration with: Jonas Voigt and Daye Hwang
Meeting (current state) vs. Meeting (preferred state)
Detailed Description
Tools

Tools for connecting that are often invisible to us such as the position of our bodies, the color of the walls, the height of our desks, our quiet perception of empty space, are processed without our conscious awareness, leaving a subtle but significant impact on our attention and behavior.
“If we want to change our thinking, we have to change our tools.”
Engagements
Previous investigations have been in contexts of work, specifically in in-person meetings of the administrative staff at The New School and in organization-wide online meetings of a virtual work-team environment at The Engine Room. 

Human Instinkz Team
Internal Meetings | 2017 - 2018

The New School
Administrative Meetings | 2017 - 2018

The Engine Room
Virtual All-Team-Calls | 2016 - 2017 
Sensory Methods of Group Connection: Two Case Studies
We began our research in our team of three by observing how the group dynamic changed while moving from a windowless workspace to Washington Square Park. A seemingly simple concept, walking around the neighborhood led to communication and creativity flow more smoothly.
Our research methods are non-traditional, innovative, and oriented towards the human work meeting experience. Leveraging the nonconscious by tweaking the team’s sensory environment in ways that foster connection. The aim is to better understand how to better utilize the unique sensory abilities of human individuals and groups to improve overall connection. 
The Nonconscious as explained by N. Katherine Hayles, Duke University

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