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2021| International Online Seminar, Design as Collective Improvisation | Nov 5th

On November 5th, Caradt researcher Eva Fotiadi (PhD) on behalf of the The OtherAbilities and the entire team of the current artistic research project, What Do I Hear?, will be giving a presentation for the international online seminar, Design as Collective Improvisation.

Seminar description

A poet stands in the open air and declaims. It is at once about the current situation, and about all situations. It’s about how every act is poetic, in the sense of making, poiesis, and also very local. Design and building are like this at their best.

Design starts from a situation where people, materials, and tools are gathered on a site. Relations between people are complex, mediated through language and body-language. Relations with materials are constrained by what the materials allow, through “affordance”, or as Louis Kahn asked the brick: “What do you want, brick?”. Relations with tools are perhaps the most complex. As Martin Heidegger affirmed, in an example concerning the humble hammer, when we are using it, it is “ready to hand”, meaning that it is simply an extension of our bodies, our arms. But imagine that the head flies off and it becomes unusable: suddenly it is “present-at-hand”, a mere object of no use, intruding on our consciousness.

On a construction site, co-designing and co-building in real time, all three of these dimensions are important. People interact, speak, work together, and influence each other mutually. Materials are available or not, resist or accede, and ultimately determine what is possible. Tools are essential, and either work with or against our developing purposes.

Seminar organizers

e[ad] Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño, Pontificia, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.

Faculté d’architecture, d’ingénierie architecturale, d’urbanisme, Université Catholique de Louvain.

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They also have a Call for papersarrow

Eva is supported by Caradt for curatorial research in inclusive exhibitions. She is exploring possibilities of making exhibitions accessible to sensory diverse audiences by tools for sensory translation developed by the What Do I Hear? team.

What Do I Hear? is a collaboration The OtherAbilities (Amsterdam) and Vibra Fusion Lab (London, Ontario, Canada). It is supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Stimulerings Fonds Creatieve Industrie, Ontario Research Council.

‘Could experimental sensory translation of art works improve their accessibility for sensory diverse exhibition audiences?’

Eva Fotiadi is a researcher within the Situated Art and Design research group and a theory tutor at the St Joost School of Art and Design, where she is also a member of the Diversity Dialogues platform

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Research Group: Situated Art and Design

Living in cities developed around data and acting within the inscrutable structure of our techno-society demands art and design that can help understand how we relate to these rapidly changing surroundings and to reflect on that relationship. The research group Situated Art and Design responds to this exigency by fostering a situated turn in art and design through a diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects in partnership with academic and cultural partners, as well as with government and industry.

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