Past Session

Deciding to See | Chris Rose

January 7th - 14th, 2018

I work with activities, concepts and experiences that promote practical knowledge-building in both its social and individual dimensions. Working with visual thinkers, craftspeople, scientists, surgeons, designers and engineers in different countries has given me opportunities to perceive the unbounded nature of what may be available to us, yet inevitably bounded somehow by our language, our conscious and unconscious presumptions, and our learnt behaviors”. 

‘Deciding to See’ explores how, in our efforts to understand complex conditions, we may do more than just look into reflections of ourselves. Working with relatively simple ideas in language, seeing through drawing, and the aesthetic nature of the many perceptual dimensions that as humans we may bring together, it is possible simply to ‘see’ more and so experience the shared insight that identifies creative experience and creates new knowledge. In the Session we will share some examples of the ways I have developed research activities in the broad field of design in a living material world, including human embodied cognition, conscious visual experience and creative freedoms in education. 

Chris Rose brings his vision for 'seeing' things in different ways into many disciplines and for many purposes, all related to developing how we live and work for the better of all. Currently Chris works at Rhode Island School of Design as researcher, teacher, and advisor. His work in Australia frames connections between sustainable design, Aboriginal ways of knowing and Biomimetics - learning from nature. 

In 2016 Chris produced a handbook ‘Light and Materiality’ exploring the phenomenology of light, the mysteries and experiences of seeing.

‘Deciding to See’ is a natural evolution of this work, which seeks a deeper understanding of how we impute meaning through or despite our cultural locality, the unknowing absorption of reduced interpretations, and our outward cognitive projections, often analogous to mirroring phenomena. Perhaps such projections form a personal grammar of time-based expectation, based on such influences, into the open world in which we flow. By seeking to unblock these temporary individual imperatives we can promote shared insight and recover the naturally integrative nature of the creative capacities for life deeply inherent in our biology.

Duration of Session

The Session will take place between January 7th - 14th, 2018


Application Deadline

December 31st, 2017


Participant Fee and Accommodation

Full Participation Fee (incl shared accommodation) is $525 for the full Session.

Commuter (no accommodation included) is $425 for the full Session.

You will be hosted in the House on the Hill, in shared arrangements in one of our nine bedrooms. The shared bedrooms sleeps 2 to 4 people. We will do our best and try to give everyone the privacy they need. Private accommodation might be available upon request for an additional fee.

The session fee also covers: prepared dinner each day, and self-service breakfast and lunch; local transportation for group excursions, as well as pick-up and drop-off at Albany, NY and Albany/Rensselaer, NY stations. Material, tools, and equipment connected to the group works for the session are covered. Participants are responsible for personal materials used in their creative work.  


Studio / Workspace

Because each artist's studio needs and space differs, we work with each artist to find the best possible working situation for them. Our spaces are flexible and you are invited to create your own. Currently, the Mill is under construction and is unfortunately not available at this time. In addition to the Mill, we also have our Barn, located next to the house, which offers a flexible indoor/outdoor space, along with additional spaces in the House. 


Structure and Expectations Towards the Artist

Artists are expected to pursue their individual creative endeavor within the framework of the Session. During the Session our Events and Artist in Residence Program will run in parallel and interweave with the program.



Arts Letters & Numbers is constructed by us: not just those who are directly involved in its day to day operation, but by everyone who sets foot in this remarkable place, from the fellows and participants, to visiting artists, local community members, and all who come through our doors. It is being constructed by and between us. This aspect of Arts Letters & Numbers is foundational. We are situated within an enthusiastic and supportive community that is highly active in the programming of Arts Letters & Numbers, and who also welcomes everyone to their weekly gatherings.  


Disciplines Support and Technical Information

The basis for Arts Letters and Numbers Residency Program is to encourage cross-disciplinary linkages. Work samples are required for evaluating applications. The application form asks for a website (preferred), however, you may also send samples, writing or images, directly to


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed shortly after the deadline. If you have any questions regarding your application do not hesitate to ask at