Xenodesign — towards transversal engagement in design
TUESDAY DEC 15, 2020 8 PM CET, ONLINE
Photo: Johanna Schmeer
In a time when the anthropocentrism of Western thinking and acting is under increased scrutiny for its role in the ecological and social crises of our time, new imaginaries and design approaches that question human-centrism and open up paths towards alternatives are needed. In her talk on Xenodesign, Johanna Schmeer will give an insight into her design practice which develops a posthuman methodology for design that enables a form of transversal engagement — seeking to overcome dualisms between human and non-human, fiction and reality, and “design for debate” vs “design for use.”
Johanna Schmeer is a designer, artist, and researcher based in Berlin. Working with designed objects and experiences, film, and installation, her projects ask questions and prototype ideas related to technologically augmented ecologies, flows of matter, and the reframing of the human within its interspecies, geospatial, and technosocial entanglements. She is a Professor of Design for Interaction and Inquiry at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, and is currently completing her PhD at the Royal College of Art London.