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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