Invitation to seminar: Anthropology by means of Design, Design by means of Anthropology: correspondences with skilled practitioners in two Brazilian Design Schools

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Welcome to open seminar with Raquel Noronha, Associate Professor and current Director of Design and Technology Department at Federal University of Maranhão and Zoy Anastassakis, Associate Professor and current Director of the Superior School of Industrial Design, State University of Rio de Janeiro. Friday May 25th from 15.00 – 17.00. Place: CODE (Center for Codesign Research), Room 90. 3. 15, KADK, Fabrikmestervej 6, 1435 Copenhagen K.

This seminar presents researches projects conducted by two Brazilian researchers who are experimenting on practicing Anthropology by means of Design, and Design by means of Anthropology, from the notion of correspondence (Ingold, 2018, 2016). These are research projects that are not based on classic Design or Anthropology practices, but rather on collaborative social experiences that comes to life by the activation of our response abilities (Ingold, 2018; Haraway, 2016), our capacity to correspond to what the ‘others’ do, whether they are ‘in the field’ or in the educational institutions in which we work. These ‘others’ are here perceived as skilled practitioners (Ingold, 2000) with whom we seek to establish correspondence relationships, thus creating common collaborative research projects.

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In this seminar, such questions emerge from the experiments carried out by Professors Raquel Noronha (PhD) and Zoy Anastassakis (PhD), respectively coordinators of the Research Group in Innovation, Design and Anthropology (NIDA), in the Department of Design and Technology of the Federal University of Maranhão, and the Laboratory of Design and Anthropology (LADA), at the Superior School of Industrial Design of the State University of Rio de Janeiro. These experiments are made through collaborative research projects carried out in partnership with skilled practitioners such as (1) artists, artisans and indigenous and maroons communities, (2) design researchers and students.

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Raquel Noronha (1979) is designer and PhD in Anthropology (PPCIS-UERJ, 2015). Associate Professor and current Director of Design and Technology Department at Federal University of Maranhão, where she is a member of the Design Post-Graduate Program. Leader of NIDA – Research Group in Innovation and Design Anthropology (certified by CNPq), that develops research in the areas of cultural identity and heritage, participatory methodologies, and on relations between design-materials-crafts. She directed the documentary “By hand and fire” (2014), and released the books “Identity is value: the productive chains of Alcântara – MA” (2011); “In the heart of Praia Grande” (2015), “Crafts in Maranhão: practices and senses” (2016, as coauthor) and “Knowledge Sifting: cartographic and practice in Maranhão Low Lands” (2017, as coauthor). She is Visiting Researcher within the European Research Council Advanced Grant for the Social Sciences and Humanities “Knowing From the Inside (KFI): Anthropology, Art, Architecture and Design”, coordinated by Prof. Tim Ingold, in the University of Aberdeen. Contact:raquelnoronha79@gmail.com

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Zoy Anastassakis (1974) is Designer (ESDI/UERJ) and PhD in Anthropology (PPGAS/National Museum/UFRJ). She is Associate Professor and current Director of the Superior School of Industrial Design, State University of Rio de Janeiro (ESDI/UERJ), when she coordinates the Laboratory of Design and Anthropology (LaDA), a research group certified by CNPq. She is Visiting Researcher within the European Research Council Advanced Grant for the Social Sciences and Humanities “Knowing From the Inside (KFI): Anthropology, Art, Architecture and Design”, coordinated by Prof. Tim Ingold at the University of Aberdeen. In 2014, she published the book “Triumphs and Impasses: Lina Bo Bardi, Aloisio Magalhães and design in Brazil”. contact: zoy@esdi.uerj.br

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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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