Tag: design anthropology

Design Mailboat

This book chapter began as a performance keynote at 4S/EASST 2012 annual conference in Copenhagen. Lucy Suchman, Pelle Ehn, and myself were asked to consider the conference theme ‘Design and Displacement: Social Studies of Science and Technology’ and how that might be situated in different places around the world. (Inspired by the Orkney Mailboats project).…

Liminal Futures

I am delighted that my prose-poem ‘Liminal Futures’ has now been published as part of the edited volume Subversion, Conversion, Development: Cross-Cultural Knowledge Exchange and the Politics of Design edited by James Leach and Lee Wilson. The poem reflects on how the future is imagined and made in the Orkney islands, and is followed by…

Travel Guide to the Futures

In a collaborative 2-day workshop ‘Making Futures, Challenging Innovation’ at the Participatory Design Conference (PDC 2012) Roskilde, we created an intervention into what counts as Innovation. This took the form of a guidebook to the ‘Futures’ – an imagined set of islands where the future is made differently, and innovation takes different forms. The Travel…

Two Pebbles and a Poem

I was asked by Kim Sawchuk to contribute to a special issue on Media Arts Revisited in the Canadian Journal of Communications. For this academic article, I collated a poem and two pebbles from my ethnography in the mobile telecoms industry, to create a story-collage that reflected on the landscapes of the industry. Introduction I…