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Climactic Workshop: Bodies in Motion

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Carnegie Mellon University

Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall

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Workshop Conductor: Stephen Neely

In Bodies in Motion, we invite participants to explore bodies-in-action as a medium of design, in an effort to broaden conceptions of and possibilities for design practice.

Interaction designers have demonstrated growing interest in the performative body as a major variable in designed systems, aspiring to “whole-body interaction”, “interfaces that are in some way physically embodied” (Hornecker, 2016), and the development of systems that will “more fully engage people’s bodies” (Zimmerman & Forlizzi, 2014). However, most design-led research on human bodies has been concerned with how bodies interact with the forms and products of design— artifacts, spaces, interfaces, communications and services. By considering bodies as a medium for design, we hope to contribute new ways of thinking about the body in design, particularly the design of bodies-in-action.

We invite anyone from any background to attend. The only requirement is that attendees be willing to participate in hands-on, collaborative, and body-based movement exercises. Participants should be interested in considering design as a ubiquitous practice, which may require de-prioritizing, for now, concerns about professionalized design and expertise.

This workshop is a continuation of the prior “Bodies in motion” workshops conceived and presented by Kakee Scott and Stephen Neely.

This workshop is a part of Climactic: Post Normal Design, an exhibition and symposium being hosted by the CMU School of Design from November 4th to December 9th, 2016. The event focuses on design and political activism surrounding issues of coloniality, crises of culture and race, and climate change in both the Global South and North. As part of the ongoing event, the school will be hosting design workshops tackling issues like community building, postcolonial futures, design fictions, and sustainable transitions.

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