Resistance begins at home

The ‘Home Strike’ exhibition at the l’etrangere  stroke a particular cord with me as my work has always been focused on (first) the body, (secondly) the space of the home and the relationships people create with domestic objects.  Fast forward 7 years and my practice is still critically engaging with domestic objects, except now I am not looking at toasters or vacuum cleaners but at the Alexa. The goal remains the same: to develop a critical design practice that is socially oriented and tells alternative stories about technology from a human perspective.

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Sketchnote of talk – Instagram

Below, for self-reference I’m transcribing parts of the accompanying texts that I found particularly relevant in engaging with the artists and work exhibited.

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Impakt Festival 2017

‘Haunted machines & wicked problems’ was the theme for Impakt Festival 2017. Tobias Revell & Natalie Kane, whose critical work focuses on relationships with technology, curated a program made of ‘artists and speakers whose imagination offers an alternative to both irrational fear and blind faith’. More specifically the program ‘examines how our relationship with technology determines, and is determined by, the stories we tell. As our technological landscape becomes increasingly complex, we are embracing myth, magic and monsters to explain our relationships with our devices.’As my own practice is about exploring the ways in which we create intimate relationships with domestic objects, I was thrilled to fly down to Utrecht to attend. Continue reading

Part 3 – What is Speculative / Critical / Fiction / Design?

This post is the final part of a trilogy of posts that document my initial (and crude) investigations into Speculative Design and all its friends.

Part 1, is a collage of the snippets that tickled me the most in my initial (online) investigation on Speculative, Critical and Fiction Design.

Part 2, highlights from the book: ‘Speculative everything’ by Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby.

This post grabs relevant passages from Speculative – Post-Design Practice or New Utopia? available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303686592_Speculative_-_Post-Design_Practice_or_New_Utopia

Exhibition website: http://speculative.hr/en/

Out of all the reading I have done, this is the most complete take on things, perhaps because it looks at all the people and concepts that are mentioned on the other 2 parts and makes the connections between them clear. It also adds a more global lenses to the thing and exposes the western centricity of it all.

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Preparing for ‘Future artefacts’ course at CIID

The folks at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction design (CIID) are running a summer school and I will be joining them for a week long course on future artefacts 🙋. I am crazy excited because this will allow me to make tangible my recent explorations on speculative and critical design.

My practice has always been one of thinking through doing, yet I have in the past used my personal blog to document and reflect on my practice.

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Alexa Diaries – I need your help

Hello!

I’m working on a self-initiated project that documents the domestication journey of an Alexa, Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence consumer product.

Take a look at the prototype for this project: Alexa Diaries 

As a next step I need Alexa to document key metric and write a blog post by itself – this is where I need your help. Continue reading

UX for conversational Interfaces

I had a great evening with the community of@LadiesthatUX_LN – a monthly meetup for women in Ux based in London. There’s more of these in different cities: ladiesthatux.com.

I gave a 5 minute talk on ‘Ux for conversational interfaces’. Here’s the individual slides + running commentary: Continue reading