UID Research Seminar

The UID Research Seminar takes place every second Tuesday at 13 (to 15) in the Research Studio. It is open, and you are more than welcome to join our discussions.

Seminars Spring 2017

 All seminars take place in the UID Research Studio unless otherwise noted.

16 May 2017, 13.15-15.00
Morteza Abdipour

9 May 2017, 13.15-15.00
Aditya Pawar

2 May 2017, 13.15-15.00
"Questioning the past to ask the future"
Nicholas Baroncelli Torretta

My PhD research concerns the interplay between learning, practicing and teaching in collaborative design for sustainability. I pay special attention to how we articulate and address the power relations and privilege of positions involved in such design practices.

18 April 2017, 13.15-15.00
Janaina Teles Barbosa

I would like to invite you for my seminar where I will talk about the main topics of my research project and the challenges that I am facing at the moment.

The title of my PhD research project is: Designing collaboration for commoning: micro-power dynamics in urban transitions. I am examining the roles of design agency in the experience of making together in urban design practices, asking: How can design practices create, support and sustain transition spaces that facilitate transition practices for commoning in urban communities? Thus, I am exploring this issue though a qualitative analyse of four case studies, two in Brazil and two in Portugal.

About me:
I´m a PhD student in Design at the Aveiro University in Portugal and I am currently a visiting PhD guest student at the UID where I intend to improve the methodology of my ongoing research through a knowledge exchange with other students at UID.

My background is in Anthropology and Visual Arts. In the past 10 years, I have been working in research projects related with the production of meanings related with the production of traditional handcrafts in rural communities in Brazil, including artistic community interventions for social inclusion. Moreover, I have also been developing personal artistic projects on the scope of urban performances, art installations and photography.

4 April 2017, 13.15-15.00
Writing workshop

28 March 2017, 13.15-15.00
"Inquiries into limitations and possibilities to regulate design situations"
Daniela Rothkegel

My research combines a design perspective with a systemic approach on the role of information generation. The focus of my research is methodological. I am interested into the generation and handling of information in human-technology relationships with the help of intermediary objects. Intermediary objects are transitional states of products. Therefore I am investigating into the basis for designers to understand the content of ideas practically while making proposals.

7 March 2017, 13.15-15.00
"Aesthetics of Being together"
Stoffel Kuenen

A workshop on the trajectory of an argument from set-up to closure in a dissertation.

21 Feb. 2017, 13.15-15.00
Monica Lindh Karlsson

At our research seminar next week we will do a workshop together.

The aim of the workshop-seminar is to collectively, and individually, explore our research landscapes in our project and studies in terms of experimentation and 'drifting'.

We will take the notion of 'drifting' as our point of departure and critically explore our own programmes e.g. how we see actions building up our arguments, how things related, or not relate, to our programmes.
Peter Gall Krogh presented his project of drifting at an earlier research seminar at UID.  However, since not all of us where there at time and others might want to re-fresh his idea of drifting, I attach the article that Peter Gall Krogh has written together with Thomas Markussen and Anne Louise Bang.

In the workshop seminar we will create our own tentative visualization of our programmes and use them for discussing and problematize ways of conducting Research Through Design from our own positions. (Think of the visualization that I presented at our last PhD Festival 2016). We will look into and discuss things that are concerns of issues for us and also collectively reflect over our materials.

Everyone are asked to bring issues, perspectives and challenging concerns to the workshop.

7 Feb. 2017, 13.15-15.00
"Mediating (infra)structures: Technology, media, environment"
Heather Wiltse

This will be a text seminar based on a forthcoming book chapter.

The underlying argument of the chapter is that it is crucially important to (re)consider the intellectual tools that are brought to bear on phenomena and practices involving contemporary networked computational things. These are things that are often very active and interconnected; and they have functions and behaviors that are hidden beneath user-facing surfaces and may even be very different from the functionality and character a person experiences during interactions with and through it. This state of affairs calls for new conceptual and analytic lenses that build on the strengths of existing ones, but also recognize the inadequacies of existing perspectives and thus develop in the new directions that are required. The chapter develops the analytic lens of mediating (infra)structures as a way to synthesize these matters that are foregrounded, and to point toward new analytic directions and sensitivities that are required.

24 Jan. 2017, 13.15-15.00
"Pata-design Post-50%, Part II"
Søren Rosenbak

My research concerns the prototyping of a pataphysically infused critical design practice (what I've come to refer to as pata-design). In this seminar, I'll pick up some of the key discussion points from my 50% seminar in June 2016, in order to sketch out future research trajectories for the year ahead. In this way, I hope to have an informal discussion about ways to move forward. Hope to see you there!


Seminars Fall 2016

13 Dec. 2016, 13.15-15.00
"Pata-design Post-50%"
Søren Rosenbak

My research concerns the prototyping of a pataphysically infused critical design practice (what I've come to refer to as pata-design). In this seminar, I'll pick up some of the key discussion points from my 50% seminar in June 2016, in order to sketch out future research trajectories for the year ahead. In this way, I hope to have an informal discussion about ways to move forward. Hope to see you there!

8 Nov. 2016, 13.15-15.00
"Critical and feminist design of intimate interactions"
Marie-Louise Juul Søndergaard

This presentation focuses on intimacy and intimate interactions as a framework for understanding the complex relation between material bodies and social, cultural and technological infrastructures. It questions what a particular focus on intimacy may bring in design speculations on preferable futures? Can we use intimacy, and the fragile relation of pain and pleasure, of taboos, vulnerability and darkness, as a means to design? What happens to the understanding and practice of design, if we view users as irrational, contradictory and unpredictable subjects, and question design's inherent logic of designing products for a happier, brighter and better future?

In this presentation I introduce my PhD project as a preliminary study of intimate interactions by focusing on two aspects of intimacy, namely that of menstruation and sex technologies. I present two design experiments that I have made as part of my PhD project, and some future concerns and speculations on how to facilitate spaces for debate on preferable intimate futures.

1 Nov. 2016, 13.15-15.00
"Temperatures of openness"
Aditya Pawar

This experiment aims at understanding openness in more than verbal and visual means -through movement. The question I am interested in is - Can movement (dancers bodies) be a way to sense, understand and express socio-political qualities of open spaces? the site(s) chosen for these experiments are semi-public spaces such as the cafeteria of the Open-lab (KTH, Stockholm), Common areas of Sliperiet (Umeå) and the Umeå public library. In these experimental sessions, the performers go through a cycle of steps to sensitize themselves to space, use movement-scores (set of movements) to align themselves with the everyday mundane activities around them and end with a score that interrupts the space in some way. Each cycle ends with joint reflections on the question above. This is in brief, what I would be presenting with the help of pictures, film and anecdotes. This work is in collaboration with NOMODACO, a contemporary dance collective from Umeå.

25 Oct. 2016, 9.00-15.00
UID PhD Festival: Consequences

4 Oct. 2016, 13.15-15.00
"Framing Interaction Design Education and Research Through the Lens of Digital Form-Making"
Heekyoung Jung
Assistant Professor, School of Design, University of Cincinnati

Interaction design, as an interdisciplinary practice, involves various learning objectives and pedagogical approaches for creative form-making with emerging technologies as design tools and materials. Based on a theoretical foundation about digital form and materiality, this presentation will showcase the processes and outcomes from interaction design studio courses offered in the School of Design at University of Cincinnati. Focused learning objectives include the mastery of systemic form-making skills and principles; the understanding of collaborative and strategic design processes; and the development of creative and critical thinking capabilities through design. The (dis)connections among these learning objectives will be discussed to frame out integrated approaches to digital form-making practice, which consist of incremental design development, radical design exploration, and critical inquiry through design. The talk will conclude by speculating about constructive relationship between interaction design education and research to make sense of and intervene in emerging social, cultural, and technological issues.

20 Sept. 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
"Rituals of Farewell"
Marije de Haas

6 Sept. 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
Research kick-off
Heather Wiltse

Seminars Spring 2016 

17 May 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Blue Room
UID Research Talk
"On putting 'the thing' into the internet of things"
Diane Michelfelder

2 May 2016, 13.00-15.00, Venue: UID Green Room
90% seminar: "Design and the Aesthetics of Being Together"
Stoffel Kuenen
Opponent: Stephan Wensween

19 April 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
"Changing Things"
Johan Redström and Heather Wiltse

5 April 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
"A design research lab"
Morteza Abdipour

22 March 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
Publishing research and artistic works in DIVA
Cecilia Sandberg and Michael Andersson, Umeå University Library

8 March 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
"Sensuous dementia: Negotiating the here and now"
Marije de Haas

9 Feb. 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
"Design Togetherness, Pluralism and Convergence" 
Monica Lindh Karlsson

26 Jan. 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
Workshopping paper draft
Ru Zarin

12 Jan. 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
Workshopping paper drafts for PDC 2016
(collective discussion)

Seminars Autumn 2015

15 Dec. 2015, 13-15, Venue: UID Research Studio
Discussion of the 'dark sides of academia'
Johan Redström

1 Dec. 2015, 13-15, Venue: UID Research Studio
Discussion of "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective" by Donna Haraway
Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström

11 Nov. 2015, 13-15, Venue: UID Research Studio
"Social presence and the missing body"
Stoffel Kuenen

3 Nov. 2015, 13-15, Venue: UID Research Studio
"UNFLATTENING: Art of scripting and diagramming research"
Aditya Pawar

The term scripting is not new to the design community and was first introduce when describing schema (Schank & Abelson, 1975) whereby a script was explained as "a structure that describes an appropriate sequence of events in a particular context ... a script is a predetermined, stereotyped  sequence of actions that define a well-known situation". Think of the the double-diamond script (discover-define-develop-deliver) typical of describing a design process. It can also be said that artifacts naturally hold a type of script that the designer relates  with on an everyday basis. However, in research through design the designer along with others (human/non-humans) engages in script-making that cannot be predetermined but is emergent and leads to decision making on the go. This PhD seminar proposed to re-emphasis this often implicit process of script-making (and diagramming) as a reflective skill for the design researcher. 

The seminar will take the form of a presentation and a short individual reflection-exercise. For the reflection-exercise, it would be best if you bring with you a research-project you are having a hard time formulating or articulating. 

Even if you do not have an ongoing research project you are welcome to join. The seminar requires you to read a 2-page article 'THE FUTURE IS TODAY. Scripting public debate on Design Anthropological encounters' (accessible online at: http://bit.ly/1PUkbuN).

P.S. The seminar's title has been borrowed from the book Unflattening by Nick Sousanis. 


21 Oct. 2015, 15.30-17.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
PhD festival followup on 'results'
(collective discussion)

6 Oct. 2015, 13, Venue: UID Auditorium
PhD Defence
Opening Up Design: Engaging the Layperson in the Design of Everyday Products
Guido Hermans

22 Sept. 2015, 13-15, Venue: UID Research Studio
"From Unbearable to Wearable: The coming of age of wearable computers"
Ru Zarin

Recent years has seen an increase in portable and mobile devices and correspondingly device related accidents have also been on the rise. This seminar is about the investigation of alternative methods using design research methodologies to push or pull information without losing situational awareness. 


8 Sept. 2015, 13-15, Venue: UID Research Studio
Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl

In HYBRID MATTERs we invite to a series of walks as a form for public engagement with science and technology (PEST) (cf. Lindström and Ståhl 2014, Michael 2012, Barry and Born 2013, Kerridge 2009, Gabrys n.d.). Together with the participants, human and nonhuman, we explore emerging hybrid matters in a digital, postindustrial and anthropocene era. Matters is meant to have at least a double meaning, pointing both to materialities and to issues.

During early August 2015 plastiglomerate walks were arranged in Iceland, where we took the article "An anthropogenetic marker horizon in the future rock record" by geologists Corcoran et al (2014) as our starting point. In this article they coined the term plastiglomerates for, what they call, a new geological entity consisting of basalt, plastic, corrals and more. We have taken the plastiglomerates as an example of a hybrid matter.

In this seminar we want to discuss how to continue in this explorative phase, where some key words for us are foraging (searching for and collecting what is not deliberately cultivated - in an expanded sense and not only connected to food), making and unmaking (interventions) and using (how to co-live with this new entity) as well as intentional and unintentional design.

This research is part of our postdoc at the UID and is a collaboration with, amongst others, Finnish bioart society, the ITU, MAH, and Nikolai Kunsthall. Financed by the Nordic culture fund.

Please, read the blog posts that we've written on plastiglomerates before the seminar - the other references are listed in a suggested order of optional reading:
- Lindström, K. and Ståhl, Å. (2015). "Reflections on plastiglomerate walks".

- Tsing, A. (2013). "AURA's Openings: Unintentional design in the Anthropocene". In More Than Human. Aura Working papers. Volume 1. pp. 43-52
- Davis, H. (2015). "Life and Death in the Anthropocene. A Short History of Plastics". In H. Davis and E. Turpin (Eds.) Art in the Anthropocene. pp. 347-358. Retrieved from: http://openhumanitiespress.org/Davis-Turpin_2015_Art-in-the-Anthropocene.pdf
- Kenney, M. (2015). "Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulhocene. Donna Haraway in conversation with Martha Kenney". In H. Davis and E. Turpin (Eds.) Art in the Anthropocene. pp. 255-270. Retrieved from: http://openhumanitiespress.org/Davis-Turpin_2015_Art-in-the-Anthropocene.pdf
- Corcoran, P. L., Moore, C. J. and Jazvac, K. (2014). "An anthropogenic marker horizon in the future rock record". GSA Today. Retrieved from: http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/24/6/article/i1052-5173-24-6-4.htm

An archive of previous years' seminars is found here