Ben Coonley
Since 2006
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

Ben Coonley lives in Brooklyn and Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. He is an Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts at Bard College.
Discussions (3) Opportunities (0) Events (1) Jobs (0)

Ben Coonley/Experimental Philosophy in 3D

Fri Mar 15, 2013 17:00 - Fri Mar 15, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

Experimental Philosophy is a controversial new movement that involves using experimental studies in search of answers to important philosophical questions. The debate over this emerging interdisciplinary field has been covered in the New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, Scientific American, NPR, the BBC, and elsewhere. For an introduction to Experimental Philosophy, see

Media artist Ben Coonley has directed a series of short videos illustrating three recent experimental philosophy studies. We will screen these videos as part of an interactive event where audience members will be able to talk directly to both the philosophers whose work the videos depict and Coonley himself.

The videos displayed at this event depict philosophical work by Joshua Knobe (Yale University), Jonathan Phillips (Yale University) and Hagop Sarkissian (Baruch College). All three of these philosophers will be taking questions from the audience throughout the event.

The event will include the first public showing of a 3-D video on moral relativism starring singer Amanda Palmer, an ‘interactive’ video about the nature of happiness in which audience members can fill in their own answers, and a very brief video starring comedian Eugene Mirman. This last video can be previewed at:


• Ben Coonley (Assistant Professor, Bard College) is an artist whose work has been exhibited at venues including MoMA PS1’s “Greater New York: Cinema," Performa, the New Museum for Contemporary Art, The Moscow Biennale, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2010, he was named one of Film Comment’s “21 Leading Lights of Projection Performance.” ARTnews has called him a "new media prankster," adding, "Using the tools of consumer technology—PowerPoint, YouTube, Photoshop—he turns media formats and genres inside out."

• Joshua Knobe (Professor, Yale University) is one of the founders of the experimental philosophy movement and one of its most influential practitioners. He has discussed the topic in articles for the New York Times and Scientific American and is a frequent contributor to Prospect Magazine writes, "It takes most people decades to reach guru status. But Joshua Knobe managed it within a few years of being awarded his PhD in philosophy from Princeton in 2006. He has an infectious excitement for his research."

• Hagop Sarkissian (Assistant Professor, Baruch College) is both an experimental philosopher and an expert on classical Chinese philosophy. Much of his work uses experimental methods to explore ideas from Confucian philosophy.

• Jonathan Phillips (graduate student, Yale University) has conducted experimental studies on the way people think about happiness and freedom. Much of his recent research looks at the way young children think about moral questions.



Wow! Thanks Team Rhizome! I feel honored to be in the winners circle and embarrassed to have submitted the only non-animated favicon of the bunch. I only wish that my design could have been more superfluous, annoying and distracting.

Let it be known that "my" favicon is based on a mathematically rigorous-sounding graphic created by Wikipedia User:Billkendrick. The Wikipedia description of the source image reads as follows: "A colour grid showing a 8 bits per pixel (256 color) image composed of "true color" values: 3 bits of red, 3 bits of green and 2 bits of blue."

The licensing information indicates that the image is in the public domain and may be used "for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law." So I went nuts and downsampled the image to 16x16 px. Each color on the original grid takes up exactly one pixel of the favicon.


Thanks User:Billkendrick! This one's for you!!!



Variation on a common theme