Otto von Busch: Mapping Possibilities in Design Research

Dr. Otto von Busch, Keynote in Cumulus Conference, May 24–26, 2012, Helsinki Finland.

Dr. Otto von Busch is assistant professor and researcher in Integrated Design at Parsons the New School for Design. In 2008 he finished his PhD in artistic research, focusing on socially engaged fashion design, at the School of Design and Craft, University of Gothenburg.

In his research and practice he explores how design and craft can be reverse engineered, hacked and shared among many participants as a form of civic engagement, building community capabilities through collaborative craft and social activism. He is an affiliated researcher at Business and Design Lab, University of Gothenburg, exploring sloyd, post-industrial crafts and the molecular design management of hacklabs.

As a visiting research fellow at London College of Fashion he has organized projects inquiring how garment repair can be a tool for mending the social fabric of communities and how hoodies can act as probes for the critical explorations of local neighbourhoods.

Eric Schuldenfrei: Creative Commons and the Design of Public Resources

Keynote in Cumulus Conference, May 24–26, 2012, Helsinki Finland.

Eric Schuldenfrei is a designer focusing on the evolving relationship between urbanism, architecture, and art. Architectural projects completed in collaboration with Marisa Yiu have been featured in many international biennales: ‘Urban Pastoral’ for the 2008 Venice Biennale; ‘Human Motor’ in Ljubljana; and ‘Mediated Labour’ for the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale. Past projects include an art installation commissioned by Agnes Gund, President Emerita of the MoMA in New York.

Schuldenfrei received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University as well as a Master and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge. He has taught at Princeton University; Columbia University; and at the Architectural Association.

Together with Marisa Yiu, Schuldenfrei was awarded the ‘Architectural League Prize for Young Architects’ and the Perspective ‘40 under 40’ award. Their work has been published in MIT Thresholds, A/D, DomusChina, Architectural Record, and he has recently published Instant Culture, a book co-edited with Marisa Yiu. Schuldenfrei served as the Curator for Exhibition, Education, Film, and Media for the 2009 Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale. He has presented at the inaugural International Design Alliance congress, Harvard University AsiaGSD lecture series; Columbia University; the University of Cambridge; and at the V&A museum in London.

Co-Design Workshop for European Design and Innovation Policy

In 2011, the European Commission launched the European Design Innovation Initiative (EDII) to exploit the full potential of design for innovation. The initiative is steered by the European Design Leadership Board, involving organisations and experts in the field of design, industry and higher-education.

On 21st of March, 2012 a co-design workshop for European design and innovation policy was organized in Brussels. The workshop results are used by the Design Leadership Board to prepare policy recommendations for European Design Innovation. The report will be published in September 2012.

This video is a short summary of the workshop. To view all the presentations of the workshop results, see:

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Stelarc: Circulating flesh: the cadaver, the comatose and the chimera

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Stelarc is a world-famous performance and robotics artist who has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. Between 1976-1988 he completed 25 body suspension performances with hooks into the skin. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet and biotechnology to explore alternate, intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body.

He has performed with a THIRD HAND, a VIRTUAL ARM, a STOMACH SCULPTURE and EXOSKELETON, a 6-legged walking robot. His FRACTAL FLESH, PING BODY and PARASITE performances explored involuntary, remote and internet choreography of the body with electrical stimulation of the muscles. His PROSTHETIC HEAD is an embodied conversational agent that speaks to the person who interrogates it. He has surgically constructed anEXTRA EAR on his arm that will be internet enabled, making it a publicly accessible acoustical organ for people in other places.

HUMAN DESIGN or EVOLUTION? lecture series on 13.2.2012 in Aalto University Media Factory

Riitta Hari: Neuroscience related thoughts triggered by Human design lecture series

HUMAN DESIGN or EVOLUTION? lecture series 13.2.2012

Academy Professor Riitta Hari, MD, PhD leads the Brain Research Unit (BRU) at the Aalto University School of Science. Hari’s research team has since the early 1980s been developing magnetoencephalography (MEG), with a special focus on studies of sensory systems and of various cognitive brain functions of healthy subjects and of various patient groups. Hari’s main interest is in temporal dynamics of human cortical functions. She is strongly advocating ‘two-person neuroscience’ to understand the brain basis of social interaction even in relatively natural experimental settings.

Riitta Hari is Academian of Science since 2010 and the member of the US National Academy of Science since 2004

Sissel Tolaas: The world from the perspective of the nose

HUMAN DESIGN or EVOLUTION? lecture series 6.2.2012

Sissel Tolaas has concentrated her work on the topic of SMELL / SMELL & LANGUAGE – COMMUNICATON since 1990, within different sciences, fields of art and disciplines. Work has involved numerous companies and institutions i.e. Cartier; Louis Vuitton: E. Lauder ;BBC Imagineering, London; Sony Computer Science Lab; BMG SONY; Swissotel Worldwide; Mercedes Future Lab; Rockefeller Foundation; Liverpool University; Oslo University; Moscow University; Bangalore High tech Park; Oxford University; MIT Boston; Harvard University; The Boston Consulting Group; BayersSchering Inc.; San Francisco Neurosciences Institute, SF ; Humboldt University Berlin.

Sissel Tolaas has exhibited in major international contexts, such as Biennials, museums and other professional institutions. Active participation in international colloquiums, conferences and networks. Advisor/consultant to: BBC Imagineering, London; Sony Computer Science Lab, Paris; IFF Inc. New York; MARS, ZH Suisse; IntelligentFastFood Inc., Salzburg/Vienna; Statoil New Energy Program, Norway; Charité Humboldt University Hospital, Berlin; Max Planck Institute, Berlin.

She established the research lab IFF re_searchLab Berlin for smell & communication in Berlin in January 2004, which is supported by IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., New York).

James Auger & Jimmy Loizeau: Speculative Futures and Alternative Presents

James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau have been collaborating on projects since the concept of the Audio Tooth Implant was first conceived in October 2000.

[Industrial] Design is mostly concerned with the process of bringing products to market, making them desirable and therefore saleable. With a slight sideways step: removing the commercial aspect from the requirements of the object, it can adopt a whole different agenda, questioning the process that gives birth to it rather than blindly conforming to it. In this way design can comment on consumer culture, the role of products and the ubiquity and function of technology. It becomes a tool for questioning rather than problem solving. Through the development and dissemination of speculative and critical products and services we hope to instigate a broader analysis of what it means to exist in a technology rich environment both today and in the near future.

Our goal is for this analysis to take place over a broad a spectrum as we can achieve. Thus our work may be seen anywhere from Wired magazine to The Sun newspaper, or as a demo in a public square in Linz to an exhibition in Beijing.

Natasha Vita-More : Unfixing Biology; Rethinking Mortality

HUMAN DESIGN or EVOLUTION? lecture series 30.1.2012

Natasha Vita-More, Ph.D. researcher at the Centre for Media, Art and Design University of Plymouth, is Chair of Humanity+. The New York Time called her “the first female philosopher of transhumanism” (2008) and Wired featured her as the “spokesperson for superlongevity” (2000).

Natasha is best known for designing “Primo Posthuman” a future human prototype, conceptually engineering nanorobotics, artificial general intelligence, and whole brain emulation. She is the co-editor of The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology and Philosophy of the Human Future (Pub. Wiley-Blackwell) (2012), has appeared in more than twenty-four televised documentaries on culture and the future, featured on NPR Radio, and in Flaunt, LA Weekly, Village Voice, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, U.S. News & World Report, and Teleopolis. She is currently hosting “itch+” question and debate series at TeleXLR8.

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