The Interventions workshops opened on the 28th April with a seminar given by Nina Wakeford and myself. It is now online.
In this talk, I illustrate why social science has become an integral part of the design process and how it influences the way that some designers work. This is followed by brief examples of the ways in which some designers are turning creative attention in the pursuit of research itself.
Using examples drawn from the work of the designers participating in the Interventions project, with particular reference to their methodologies, I go on to suggest that there are new opportunities for syntheses between design and the social sciences. I use the beads project demonstrates an interdisciplinary collaborative process and describe how that experience fuelled discussions that lead to ‘Interventions’ today. I conclude the session by outlining the intentions of the Interventions project and what type of outcomes we might see.
Nina’s talk is currently being edited and will follow online soon. This is the abstract:
From Intel Research to Studio Sociology
In this talk I will outline the collaborative work with industrial partners that my research group INCITE has been developing since 2001. Beginning with a project which used the route of the number 73 bus in London as a way to understand technology and urban experiences, we have sought not only to question the way designers and engineers understand the social scientific study of new technologies, but also to challenge sociological ways of knowing and collaborating. One such collaboration, on which the current Newcastle workshop is based, was the pairing of sociologists and designers from the Royal College of Art. I am now developing of the idea of Studio Sociology, which looks to non-representational modes of working and doing such collaborations (e.g. installations, film, performance).