“Studio Studies is an agenda setting volume that presents a set of empirical case studies that explore and examine the studio as a key setting for aesthetic and material production. As such, Studio Studies responds to three contemporary concerns in social and cultural thought: first, how to account for the situated nature of creative and cultural production; second, the challenge of reimagining creativity as a socio-materially distributed practice rather than the cognitive privilege of the individual; and finally, to unravel the parallels, contrasts and interconnections between studios and other sites of cultural-aesthetic and technoscientific production, notably laboratories. By enquiring into the operations, topologies and displacements that shape and format studios, this volume aims to demarcate a novel and important object of analysis for empirical social and cultural research as well to develop new conceptual repertoires to unpack the multiple ways studio processes shape our everyday lives.”
Yesterday I presented the paper ‘Aesthetics and Affect: Engaging Energy Communities’ – co-authored with Mike Michael and Liliana Ovalle – at the two-day Intimate Entanglements workshop at the University of York. The workshop, organised by Joanna Latimer (University of York) and Daniel Lopez (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and sponsored by the Sociological Review Foundation, explored the notion of intimacy in knowledge-making practices and socio-material relations.
I’ve just been interviewed for the Chilean design journal Diseña by Ignacio Farías and Tomas Sánchez Criado. The interview discusses how I can into contact with design and STS and my approach to teaching the two disciplines.
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.