IE: Art & Design

Wednesday, 17. August, 13.30 – 15.00
Thursday, 18. August, 13.30 – 15.15
Nygaard – Basement Level + Library
Exhibitions are on display Wednesday – Thursday
09:00 – 17.00

Flora Luma: A Research-Oriented Artistic Exploration of Human-Vegetal Participatory Space

Plants are highly perceptive of their environment, and Flora Luma is designed to provide an insight into the inner workings of plant life, serving as a mediating device where plant and human become hybrid agents jointly creating the artistic expression. As a plant-controlled installation that utilizes bioelectrical signals to drive colour-animation of self-illuminating objects, the participants can interact directly with the plant and receive visible real-time feedback. We will explore the reciprocal relationship and participatory nature between vegetal and human space, employing electrical signalling, that constitutes a part of plant vocabulary, for intra- and interspecies communication.

Raune Frankjær, Aarhus University, Denmark & Maggie Kitel, Lucie, Germany

Wishful Patchwork: Mental Contrasting for a Common Goal

Come explore an art installation, in which conference goers mentally contrast the common goal of taking participation beyond design through inclusion and commitment. The strategy of mental contrasting, which consists of fantasizing about an ideal future and then contrasting it with the obstacles that may stand in the way, increases commitment and leads to goal achievement. The activity allows all participants to work together on achieving a common goal, resulting in a colourful patchwork for others to interact with and re-think participatory design in an era of participation.

Naska Goagoses, Universität Hamburg, Germany

Tools for Bodystorming: An Engaging Method to Improve Human Condition

This hands-on and body-on experience highlights the role of confronting the physical world when designing for it. It is not a critique of the digital interaction but rather a reminder that the pleasure of physical participation is a universal phenomenon, even in the era of digital participation. In the mini-workshops, Alesina will create experiences where participants will use everyday materials to “sketch” concepts that can be used immediately for bodystorming to gather feedback and develop them further. The techniques will illustrate several unique ways to facilitate divergent creative thinking.

Inna Alesina, Stevenson University, United States

Pop-Up Forum

This platform for discussion in public space promotes oppositional arguments and ambivalent views in a novel space for thought about political and societal topics. We want to inspire everyone to do a Pop-Up Forum and invite to think curiously about political issues in public space. For this purpose we have developed a guide in order for everyone to be able to initiate a Pop-Up Forum. Be courageous, be curious and do your own Pop-up Forum! (but try it out at PDC first).

Nora Gailer & Mona Neubauer, Kollektiv Warum, Switzerland

Untangling Participation in Art and Design: A Dialogical Exhibition by TRADERS

With this exhibition we intend to begin untangling the lack of conceptual and taxonomic clarity in participatory design and art through the act of collective curation. We seek to use the practice of curating as a participatory tool to collectively negotiate how the convergences and divergences of practices can -and should- be organised, structured and given meaning. Participants will be invited to ‘curate’ (position) different projects sourced from the web discussion platform TRADERS Talk, aiming to explore the thematic contours (approaches, practices assumptions, etc.) of participatory art and design projects. The collective curatorial experience will remain a point of negotiation throughout the PDC Conference as the exhibition will evolve and remain malleable.

Pablo Calderón Salazar & Michael Kaethler, LUCA School of Arts & KU Leuven, Belgium

Plastic Imaginaries: Becoming Response-able Stakeholders?

This piece in the interactive exhibition shows a prototype of a domestic plastic composting kit. More specifically it’s a repurposed glass jar with a lid that has been cut open and replaced by a metal net. Inside it common mealworms are biodegrading styrofoam. A democratic design experiment, where similar prototypes were distributed to explore how it is to live with it, will be present in this exhibition through photos. A 30-minute workshop builds on this democratic design experiment and explores the becoming of stakeholders when the actors and issues are multiple and uncertain.

Kristina Lindström & Åsa Ståhl, Malmö University & Umeå University, Sweden