Speculative Research Day & Book Launch

To celebrate the recent publication of Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures (Routledge, edited by Alex Wilkie, Martin Savransky, and Marsha Rosengarten), this event co-organised by The Unit of Play and the Centre for Invention and Social Process will bring many of the authors in the collection as well as other international scholars together for a day-long, experimental summer school. Throughout the day we will collectively explore the challenges and potentialities of speculative thought and practice through a series of hands-on experimental workshops, situated reflections, and roundtable discussions.

Research Students and ECRs from all disciplines are especially encouraged to attend. The event is free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required (due to limited capacity). Please register here.

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Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures

Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures book cover. Cover image: Photograph © 2002 Jorge Dragón & Carlos Canal from the ‘el viaje’ section (the trip) of the work ‘Presunciones y apariencias: El coleccionista de miradas’ (Presumptions and appearances: The collector of gazes) – an album of retrieved and redetermined exposures originally rejected from a photography lm processing laboratory in Andalusia, Spain.

My new book Speculative Research (edited with Martin Savransky and Marsha Rosengarten) is out next month, published as part of the Routledge CRESC series.

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Aesthetics, Cosmopolitics and Design

Tobie Kerridge presenting his paper 'Empirical Speculation' at the Aesthetics, Cosmopolitics and Design track at DRS 2016.
Tobie Kerridge presenting his paper ‘Empirical Speculation’ at the Aesthetics, Cosmopolitics and Design track at DRS 2016.

 

Anuradha Venugopal Reddy presenting her paper The Role of Participation in Designing for IoT at the Aesthetics, Cosmopolitics and Design track at DRS 2016.
Anuradha Venugopal Reddy presenting her paper The Role of Participation in Designing for IoT at the Aesthetics, Cosmopolitics and Design track at DRS 2016.

The track Aesthetics, Cosmopolitics and Design included nine papers at DRS 2016 and generated a lot of interesting discussion brought about through the interdisciplinary engagement between STS and design research. The papers included in the track explored the notions of aesthetics and cosmopolitics in different (implicit and explicit) ways. In almost all, however, there is a distinct preoccupation with aesthetic processes and the nature and composition of participation in the empirical settings of the research and during the enactment of research practices. Substantively, and in no particular order, the contributions variously explore how common worlds and collectives are fashioned (or not) in Scandinavian furniture design (Gasparin and Green), the Chilean National Zoo (Hermansen, Tironi and Neira), the Internet of Things (Reddy and Linde), computational (Forlano) and wearable fashion (Widle), the web (Mauri and Ciuccarelli) and social media (Alshawaf),  Eselek village, Gokceada Island, Turkey (Cheung-Nainby), cultural institutions in Copenhagen (Olander), the Berlin Laboratory for innovative X-ray Technologies (Marlen Dobler), the Mellunkyla neighborhood in Helsinki (Koskinen).

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Studio Studies Book Launch

Some photos from the book launch of Studio Studies, which took place at Goldsmiths on the 18th of February and the V&A on the 19th – as part of the Design Culture Salon.

Welcome slide.
Welcome slide at Goldsmiths.
Daniel Charny responding to questions from the audience at the V&A.
Daniel Charny responding to questions from the audience at the V&A.
Daniel Charny in conversation about Studio Studies at the V&A.
Daniel Charny in conversation about Studio Studies at the V&A.
Peter Lloyd discussing his reading of Studio Studies and the implications for design at the V&A.
Peter Lloyd discussing his reading of Studio Studies and the implications for design at the V&A.
Isaac Marrero Guillamon chairing the first book launch at Goldsmiths.
Isaac Marrero Guillamon chairing the first book launch at Goldsmiths.
Mirja Busch preparing to talk with Ignacio Farías.
Mirja Busch preparing to talk with Ignacio Farías.

 

Mirja Busch and Ignacio Farías talking about studio operations and engagements with land art.
Mirja Busch and Ignacio Farías talking about studio operations and engagements with land art.