UID Research Seminar Archive

UID's Research Seminar takes place every second Tuesday at 13 (to 15) in the research studio. This is the archive of previous years' seminars.


Seminars Fall 2016

13 Dec. 2016, 13.15-15.00
"Pata-design Post-50%"
Søren Rosenbak

My research concerns the prototyping of a pataphysically infused critical design practice (what I've come to refer to as pata-design). In this seminar, I'll pick up some of the key discussion points from my 50% seminar in June 2016, in order to sketch out future research trajectories for the year ahead. In this way, I hope to have an informal discussion about ways to move forward. Hope to see you there!

8 Nov. 2016, 13.15-15.00
"Critical and feminist design of intimate interactions"
Marie-Louise Juul Søndergaard

This presentation focuses on intimacy and intimate interactions as a framework for understanding the complex relation between material bodies and social, cultural and technological infrastructures. It questions what a particular focus on intimacy may bring in design speculations on preferable futures? Can we use intimacy, and the fragile relation of pain and pleasure, of taboos, vulnerability and darkness, as a means to design? What happens to the understanding and practice of design, if we view users as irrational, contradictory and unpredictable subjects, and question design's inherent logic of designing products for a happier, brighter and better future?

In this presentation I introduce my PhD project as a preliminary study of intimate interactions by focusing on two aspects of intimacy, namely that of menstruation and sex technologies. I present two design experiments that I have made as part of my PhD project, and some future concerns and speculations on how to facilitate spaces for debate on preferable intimate futures.

1 Nov. 2016, 13.15-15.00
"Temperatures of openness"
Aditya Pawar

This experiment aims at understanding openness in more than verbal and visual means -through movement. The question I am interested in is - Can movement (dancers bodies) be a way to sense, understand and express socio-political qualities of open spaces? the site(s) chosen for these experiments are semi-public spaces such as the cafeteria of the Open-lab (KTH, Stockholm), Common areas of Sliperiet (Umeå) and the Umeå public library. In these experimental sessions, the performers go through a cycle of steps to sensitize themselves to space, use movement-scores (set of movements) to align themselves with the everyday mundane activities around them and end with a score that interrupts the space in some way. Each cycle ends with joint reflections on the question above. This is in brief, what I would be presenting with the help of pictures, film and anecdotes. This work is in collaboration with NOMODACO, a contemporary dance collective from Umeå.

25 Oct. 2016, 9.00-15.00
UID PhD Festival: Consequences

4 Oct. 2016, 13.15-15.00
"Framing Interaction Design Education and Research Through the Lens of Digital Form-Making"
Heekyoung Jung
Assistant Professor, School of Design, University of Cincinnati

Interaction design, as an interdisciplinary practice, involves various learning objectives and pedagogical approaches for creative form-making with emerging technologies as design tools and materials. Based on a theoretical foundation about digital form and materiality, this presentation will showcase the processes and outcomes from interaction design studio courses offered in the School of Design at University of Cincinnati. Focused learning objectives include the mastery of systemic form-making skills and principles; the understanding of collaborative and strategic design processes; and the development of creative and critical thinking capabilities through design. The (dis)connections among these learning objectives will be discussed to frame out integrated approaches to digital form-making practice, which consist of incremental design development, radical design exploration, and critical inquiry through design. The talk will conclude by speculating about constructive relationship between interaction design education and research to make sense of and intervene in emerging social, cultural, and technological issues.

20 Sept. 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
"Rituals of Farewell"
Marije de Haas

6 Sept. 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
Research kick-off
Heather Wiltse

Seminars Spring 2016 

17 May 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Blue Room
UID Research Talk
"On putting 'the thing' into the internet of things"
Diane Michelfelder

2 May 2016, 13.00-15.00, Venue: UID Green Room
90% seminar: "Design and the Aesthetics of Being Together"
Stoffel Kuenen
Opponent: Stephan Wensween

19 April 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
"Changing Things"
Johan Redström and Heather Wiltse

5 April 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
"A design research lab"
Morteza Abdipour

22 March 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
Publishing research and artistic works in DIVA
Cecilia Sandberg and Michael Andersson, Umeå University Library

8 March 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
"Sensuous dementia: Negotiating the here and now"
Marije de Haas

9 Feb. 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
"Design Togetherness, Pluralism and Convergence" 
Monica Lindh Karlsson

26 Jan. 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
Workshopping paper draft
Ru Zarin

12 Jan. 2016, 13.15-15.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
Workshopping paper drafts for PDC 2016
(collective discussion)

Seminars Autumn 2015

15 Dec. 2015, 13-15, Venue: UID Research Studio
Discussion of the 'dark sides of academia'
Johan Redström

1 Dec. 2015, 13-15, Venue: UID Research Studio
Discussion of "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective" by Donna Haraway
Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström

11 Nov. 2015, 13-15, Venue: UID Research Studio
"Social presence and the missing body"
Stoffel Kuenen

3 Nov. 2015, 13-15, Venue: UID Research Studio
"UNFLATTENING: Art of scripting and diagramming research"
Aditya Pawar

The term scripting is not new to the design community and was first introduce when describing schema (Schank & Abelson, 1975) whereby a script was explained as "a structure that describes an appropriate sequence of events in a particular context ... a script is a predetermined, stereotyped  sequence of actions that define a well-known situation". Think of the the double-diamond script (discover-define-develop-deliver) typical of describing a design process. It can also be said that artifacts naturally hold a type of script that the designer relates  with on an everyday basis. However, in research through design the designer along with others (human/non-humans) engages in script-making that cannot be predetermined but is emergent and leads to decision making on the go. This PhD seminar proposed to re-emphasis this often implicit process of script-making (and diagramming) as a reflective skill for the design researcher. 

The seminar will take the form of a presentation and a short individual reflection-exercise. For the reflection-exercise, it would be best if you bring with you a research-project you are having a hard time formulating or articulating. 

Even if you do not have an ongoing research project you are welcome to join. The seminar requires you to read a 2-page article 'THE FUTURE IS TODAY. Scripting public debate on Design Anthropological encounters' (accessible online at: http://bit.ly/1PUkbuN).

P.S. The seminar's title has been borrowed from the book Unflattening by Nick Sousanis. 


21 Oct. 2015, 15.30-17.00, Venue: UID Research Studio
PhD festival followup on 'results'
(collective discussion)

6 Oct. 2015, 13, Venue: UID Auditorium
PhD Defence
Opening Up Design: Engaging the Layperson in the Design of Everyday Products
Guido Hermans

22 Sept. 2015, 13-15, Venue: UID Research Studio
"From Unbearable to Wearable: The coming of age of wearable computers"
Ru Zarin

Recent years has seen an increase in portable and mobile devices and correspondingly device related accidents have also been on the rise. This seminar is about the investigation of alternative methods using design research methodologies to push or pull information without losing situational awareness. 


8 Sept. 2015, 13-15, Venue: UID Research Studio
Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl

In HYBRID MATTERs we invite to a series of walks as a form for public engagement with science and technology (PEST) (cf. Lindström and Ståhl 2014, Michael 2012, Barry and Born 2013, Kerridge 2009, Gabrys n.d.). Together with the participants, human and nonhuman, we explore emerging hybrid matters in a digital, postindustrial and anthropocene era. Matters is meant to have at least a double meaning, pointing both to materialities and to issues.

During early August 2015 plastiglomerate walks were arranged in Iceland, where we took the article "An anthropogenetic marker horizon in the future rock record" by geologists Corcoran et al (2014) as our starting point. In this article they coined the term plastiglomerates for, what they call, a new geological entity consisting of basalt, plastic, corrals and more. We have taken the plastiglomerates as an example of a hybrid matter.

In this seminar we want to discuss how to continue in this explorative phase, where some key words for us are foraging (searching for and collecting what is not deliberately cultivated - in an expanded sense and not only connected to food), making and unmaking (interventions) and using (how to co-live with this new entity) as well as intentional and unintentional design.

This research is part of our postdoc at the UID and is a collaboration with, amongst others, Finnish bioart society, the ITU, MAH, and Nikolai Kunsthall. Financed by the Nordic culture fund.

Please, read the blog posts that we've written on plastiglomerates before the seminar - the other references are listed in a suggested order of optional reading:
- Lindström, K. and Ståhl, Å. (2015). "Reflections on plastiglomerate walks".

- Tsing, A. (2013). "AURA's Openings: Unintentional design in the Anthropocene". In More Than Human. Aura Working papers. Volume 1. pp. 43-52
- Davis, H. (2015). "Life and Death in the Anthropocene. A Short History of Plastics". In H. Davis and E. Turpin (Eds.) Art in the Anthropocene. pp. 347-358. Retrieved from: http://openhumanitiespress.org/Davis-Turpin_2015_Art-in-the-Anthropocene.pdf
- Kenney, M. (2015). "Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulhocene. Donna Haraway in conversation with Martha Kenney". In H. Davis and E. Turpin (Eds.) Art in the Anthropocene. pp. 255-270. Retrieved from: http://openhumanitiespress.org/Davis-Turpin_2015_Art-in-the-Anthropocene.pdf
- Corcoran, P. L., Moore, C. J. and Jazvac, K. (2014). "An anthropogenic marker horizon in the future rock record". GSA Today. Retrieved from: http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/24/6/article/i1052-5173-24-6-4.htm


Seminars Autumn 2013

September 24: Heather Wiltse on "Unpacking Digital Material Mediation".

October 17: PhD Festival

October 22: Johan Redström on "Pictures and Poetic Precision". 

November 5: Søren Rosenbak on "Surplus Debt".

November 19: Guido Hermans on "Wordpress of Objects" and Tara Mullaney on "What the %*¤& is my Methodology?" (Note: extended seminar 13-16!)

November 27: Peter Gall Krogh (Aarhus School of Architecture) on "The Aarhus Way of Design Research". (Note: irregular day and date, Wednesday at 13-15!)

December 3-5: Designfakulteten Internat No. 29. More information.

December 10: Johan Redström on "Designing Design Directions". 



Previous Seminars

Spring 2013

February 19: Stoffel Kuenen. Topic: re-visiting TEI 2013

March 5: Turkka Keinonen, visiting professor. Topic: discuss draft paper "Usability as a Capability - Notes on the Compatibility of Capability Approach and ISO 9241 Usability"

March 12: Tara Mullaney. Workshop on intuitive visualizations for self-positioning with Kinect.

March 19: Lorenzo Davoli: Workshop on 'Co-design in the context of infrastructures'.


Autumn 2012

September 4: Timo Rossi, visiting PhD student

September 11: DRS Research Symposium

September 25: Monica Lindh-Karlsson, "Prototyping design process in collaboration projects" (paper draft)

October 2: Ute Walter, Head of unit at Umeå University School of Restaurant and Culinary Arts presents current and upcoming research. (Note the location: "old" research seminar room)

October 9: Maria Göransdotter, "Home and taste: Starting points and perspectives" (thesis chapter)

October 16: 

October 24 (Note: Wednesday!): UID PhD Festival, at 9-16 in the auditorium.

October 30: Camille Moussette, Simple Haptics. Public defence of Doctoral Dissertation, UID Auditorium 9.00.

November 6: Parag Deshpande

November 13: Stoffel Kuenen

November 20: Lorenzo Davoli

November 27: Cancelled

December 4: No seminar (Research methodology PhD course)

December 11: Tara Mullaney


Spring 2012

April 3rd: Johan Redström, "Program-experiment dialectics in practice-based design research"

April 10th: Parag Deshpande, "On the structure of the design process: problem focused vs solution focused design"

April 17th: Ambra Trotto, Interactive Institute

April 24th: Canan Akoglu, "The Relationship between Industrial Design and Interaction Design in Product Development Activities"

(May 1st: holiday)

May 8th: Harold Nelson

May 16th: Tara Mullaney

May 22nd: Jonas Löwgren, "Intermediate-level knowledge in interaction design research" (Note: Camille Mousette will have his PhD pre-seminar at 9-12, with Jonas Löwgren as opponent.)

May 29th: Gareth Paterson,

(June 5th: no seminar, UID Design Talks)

June 12th: Erik Stolterman,