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.
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).
The Energy Babble is featured in the catalogue that accompanies the exhibition ‘Experimental Thinking/Design Practices’. The exhibition is being held at the Griffith University Art Gallery between the 18th of September and the 7th of November 2015.