Design encounters with non-human others
Design is argued to be a practice committed to proposing new forms of life (Ingold, 2015). But at times where issues such how human activity is threatening biodiversity and is argued to cause severe climate change, we are constantly battling with how we practice our living as more sustainable. It can be argued that climate change is one example of unintentional design – an unintended side effect from our practices of living. This articulates one of our current conditions of ecological complexities by highlighting how nature and culture are intertwined – at the same time invisible.
Bruno Latour (2008) says, ecology is not about nature but concerns the way we live – what he (referring to Peter Sloterdijk) calls breathable, liveable, atmospheres. He directly relates this as a challenge for design, to create the conditions of cohabitation and designing new spaces to breathe. Because, if we are to assume that the environment is something to be artificially produced it is a matter for design.
If design proposes new forms of life, how can we (better) practice living together with and through nature/culture complexities?
In this talk, Li will attempt to exemplify one possible ‘new spaces of co-habitation’ through the project Urban Animals and Us (2013) that formed part of her thesis work. The explorative project concerns taking nonhuman worlds seriously by constructing technologies of reciprocity – and stakes out the contours of what a non-anthropocentric position in design might be and look like. In extension of this, she will further sketch on this position and open up for discussion of where her future research practice is heading.
When: Weds, May 4th – 5-6pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253