Practice Research: Biographies, Beginnings and Futures

Goldsmiths is hosting a Design Star PhD training event entitled ‘Practice Research: Biographies Beginnings & Futures‘. The event takes place on Wednesday the 4th of November (2015) and precedes the PhD by Design conference, also being held at Goldsmiths. The afternoon of activities includes a session devoted to the presentation of practice-based design research followed by a chaired session (by Mathilda Tham, Goldsmiths) where Lina Hakim (V&A, London) and Alex Taylor (Microsoft Research) will talk about their careers in different areas of design research.

Practice Research: Biographies, Beginnings and Futures

The photograph (© Matteo Cremonini 2015) featured in the poster depicts an extraction unit, part of the project Geomerce, where metal particles are extracted from plants and cross-referenced with real-time price indexes. The Geomerce project forms part of Gionata Gatto’s doctoral research and was exhibited at Salone del Mobile, Milan 2015, at the ErreCi photo-studios.

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Practices of Design

Alongside Andy Boucher, Steve Keirl and Bill Gaver, I helped to organise and facilitate the ‘Practices of Design’ research event at the Design Department, Goldsmiths.

Practices of Design

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Honourable Mention Award

The paper ‘Energy Babble: Mixing Environmentally-Oriented Internet Content to Engage Energy Community Groups’ received an Honourable Mention Award at CHI 2015 – ACM Conference on Human Factors In Computer Systems. The paper was co-authored with Bill Gaver, Mike Michael, Tobie Kerridge, Andy Boucher, Liliana Ovalle and Matthew Plummer-Fernandez.


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With Jennifer Gabrys, Michael Guggenheim, Noortje Marres, Dan Neyland and Evelyn Ruppert I’m involved in launching and editing a new journal that brings together contributions that span science and technology studies with art and design.

Call for Contributions for the Launch of
‘Demonstrations: Journal for Experiments in the Social Studies of Technology’

Demonstrations is a new open access online platform for publications at the intersection of science and technology studies, art and design, to be launched in the autumn of 2015. For our inaugural issue, we invite contributions exploring the theme of ‘demonstration’ by intellectual and creative means, in the form of research articles, review essays as well as more reflective contributions.

About the journal
Demonstrations is an interdisciplinary platform that aims to publish peer-reviewed contributions that combine creative approaches with science and technology studies. It provides this new and sprawling area an appropriate platform for publication, experiment and reflection. We hope to publish both more conventional articles on methodological, theoretical and empirical issues, but also and primarily items that combine and play with methods, media, materials and theories in novel ways. As an online platform, Demonstrations has a number of advantages for such publications over conventional journals, most obviously the fact that it is easy to include high resolution audio-visual material with decreasing space limitations. We then hope that Demonstrations becomes the main hub for a number of emerging traditions across the social studies of science, technology, art and design which are difficult to classify and which combine ethnography and art and design as well as digital and environmental methods.

Demonstrations is conceived as a platform for varieties of contributions, rather than as a traditional  journal. We plan to offer a set of different possible templates for content and we will publish contributions not in issues, but continuously as part of annual volumes. Some of these will be assembled in thematic collections but on a dynamic basis, as part of or after publication. This will allow us to publish items in a more timely fashion. Each contribution will have a stable DOI, which makes it equivalent to a journal article.

Launching Demonstrations
For the platform launch, we invite  contributions that examine, review and provoke intellectual and creative contexts for Demonstrations. Since its very inception, social studies of science and technology (STS) have taken a special interest in the public staging of knowledge and innovation, and over the last decades this work has been extended into spaces of creative and curatorial practice by leading figures in design, art and STS. For the inaugural issue of Demonstrations, we invite contributions to showcase these new directions in creative and critical research on and deployment of demonstrations across STS, art and design.

We invite three types of contributions:
a) Research contributions that showcase the critical and creative analysis of demonstrations as well as the deployment of demonstrations as devices of social and cultural research and intervention.
b) Review contributions that present and review the state of the art in demonstrations across the fields of STS, art and design.
c) Reflections on the theme of demonstration in relation to STS literatures and performative traditions in art and design.

Key Deadlines
Submission of contributions: May 15, 2015
Review of contributions: July 15, 2015
Final submission:  September 15, 2015

Submission Format
Provided it follows the Demonstrations formatting guidelines, a submission can contain all kinds of media, including text, images and video. Detailed formatting guidelines will appear on the journal website soon. If you plan to submit a visually complex contribution, please get in contact with the editors ( The submissions guidelines can be found at

Journal info
Demonstrations is housed in the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP) in the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths and hosted by Goldsmiths Library.

Editorial Collective: Jennifer Gabrys, Michael Guggenheim, Noortje Marres, Dan Neyland, Evelyn Ruppert, Alex Wilkie (Goldsmiths)
Editorial Assistant: Laurie Waller
Designer: Danah Abdulla

Editorial Board: Carl DiSalvo (Atlanta), Matt Fuller (Goldsmiths),  Lucy Kimbell (London), Bernd Kräftner (Vienna), Javier Lezaun (Oxford), Daniel Lopez (Barcelona), Amade M’Charek (Amsterdam), Katja Mayer (Vienna), Anna Munster (Sydney), Michelle Murphy (Toronto), Tahani Nadim (Berlin), María Puig de la Bellacasa (Leicester), Israel Rodriguez Giralt (Barcelona), Tomas Sanchez Criado (Barcelona), Alex Taylor (Oxford), Nina Wakeford (Goldsmiths), Gisa Weszkalnys (London).

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I’ve been interviewed as part of an AHRC commissioned project ‘ProtoPublics‘. As described on the site, during the interview I  talk “about ‘putting pressure on the social’, the potentials in the interface between computational technology and politics and how he uses Actor Network Theory (ANT) in his work”. ProtoPublics also features interviews with Rob Imrie, Rachel AldredTim Schwanen, Noortje Marres, Pelle  Ehn and Cat Rossi.

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