Open lecture: Democracy, technology and the problem of design by design: the case of the sentient house

Photography.  Eoin Stephenson  Sightline

Photography. Eoin Stephenson Sightline

Monday May 9th from 16.30 – 18.00 Lecturer and Director Cristiano Storni from Interaction Design Center, University of Limerick will give at talk in the Center for Research in Codesign, KADK.

In this talk Cristiano will critically reflect on the sentient house project (Collins, Rob, 2015). Concerned with raising awareness of potential Digital Hegemony within the Internet of things, the Sentient house experiments with a design process taking inspiration from Science and Technology Studies, Participatory and Adversarial Design. Reflecting on the outcomes of the project, I will question the idea of design by design as it is (or seems to be) assumed in several recent developments at the intersection of design, IT, political and social science (e.g. adversarial design, critical design, speculative design.)

Where: KADK, Fabrikmestervej 5, Building 90, (Room 90. 1. 20)

Presenter: Cristiano Storni

Cristiano Storni is Lecturer in Interaction Design and Director of the MSc\MA in Interactive Media at Computer Science and Information Systems department (Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick). He holds a PhD in Information Systems and Organization from the Faculty of Sociology in the University of Trento (Italy). During his PhD Cristiano has studied the impact of ICT on people, organizations and society. He particularly focused on Science and Technology Studies (STS), Actor Network Theory (ANT), Ethnography, Participatory and Interaction Design. His research lies at the intersection of social science and design. His current research concerns design theory and practices, the social shaping of Information and Communication Technology in different application areas (with an interest on the notions of appropriation, participation, and empowerment) and the ‘coming together’ of design (participatory and interactive) and Actor Network Theory.

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About Eva Brandt, KADK

Eva Brandt is Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, and holds a Ph.D from 2001. Eva is co-leading the Center for Research in Codesign (CODE). Since September 2014 she has been part of the main faculty for a two year international MA-program in codesign. The main part of her research is about how designers can stage open design processes (design labs) with many participants who both can inquire into existing practices and explore possible futures in common. She also contributes to theorizing about experimental design research driven by programs and experiments. She has been contributing to several books such as Design Spaces (IT Press, 2005), Rehearsing the Future (The Danish Design School Press, 2010), XLAB (The Danish Design School Press, 2011), Facilitating Change – Using Interactive Methods in Organizations, Communities and Networks (Polyteknisk Forlag, 2011), and Routledge International Handbook of Participatory Design (Routledge, 2013). Eva has been chairing the Nordic Design Research Conference in 2013.
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