From posthuman to postcolonial design. Getting started.

 

Michaela Büsse

THURSDAY NOV 12, 2020 8 PM CET, ONLINE 

In recent years, several design theories have emerged that challenge the human-centredness of the discipline and rethink design as a means to get attuned to the material world (see Ingold 2007, 2013), as a mediating element between humans and environment (see Willis 2006; Fry 2012), or the figure of the designer as someone who possesses the power to compose more just relationships between humans and non-humans (see Yaneva 2015). In my lecture, I will give an overview of some of the concepts discussed within the posthuman design discourse, their histories, as well as critical appraisal. Via examples from my current fieldwork on sand, I will arrive at the notion of planetarity (Spivak 2015) as a framework for an empirical and discursive reading of design that engages and intensifies multiple ambiguous (power) relations.

MICHAELA BÜSSE

 
 

Michaela Büsse is a design researcher from Germany currently based in Basel, Switzerland. Her interest spans design and material cultures, STS, anthropology and political ecology. Michaela’s interdisciplinary practice is research-led and involves writing, filming and curatorial work. Since 2017 Michaela is a PhD candidate at the Critical Media Lab where she explores how design comes to govern social, material, political and economic relations by tracing sand’s becoming land.

 
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