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Design Research Methods Festival 2019

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Bern University of the Arts HKB

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3027 Bern

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The annual Design Research Methods Festival of the HKB / MA DESIGN is dedicated to theories and methods relevant to design and to design research. We invited six experts to hold a workshop, introducing the participants to why and how they do what they do.


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Monday, 4 November 2019, 9:30–12:30
Machine Learning for Designers by Memi Beltrame

Artificial intelligence is more and more, becoming the core of digital products. Designing for products based on AI requires designers to know about Machine Learning. This workshop is a vivid introduction to the field of Machine Learning. It looks at its fundamental principles and different types of Machine Learning using practical examples, from text categorization to image recognition and speech analysis. The goal is to learn how ML works and what the role of UX researchers and designers is.


Monday, 4 November 2019, 13:30–16:30
Ethical Visualization — A Strategy for Dark Times by Katherine Hepworth

This workshop situates data visualization within the current global climate of political fracturing and growing mistrust in expert knowledge. As humanitarian and climate crises accelerate and are met with increasing polarization and proliferation of misinformation, the need for reliable, trustworthy information grows. It introduces the Ethical Visualization Workflow as a means for design researchers to contribute to combatting intolerance and mistrust in expert knowledge.


Tuesday, 5 November 2019, 9:30–12:30
Art of Dying — Art of Living by Marieke Sonneveld

We live with the paradox that although talking about death is becoming less of a taboo; the actual end-of-life is disappearing. Cemeteries, funerals, hospitals and hospices are located outside the living areas, and the care for the terminally ill is professionalized, including the rituals involved. We thereby lose the opportunity to develop our “Death Literacy” and miss out on an important source of inspiration on how to take care of ourselves and each other. This workshop explores how design and death literacy can be developed in interaction with each other by learning from each other. It examines the meaning of quality of death and dying for the quality of living.


Tueseday, 5 November 2019, 13:30–16:30
Methods for Citizen-Centered Urban Development by Peter Kessel & Mareike Lemme

This workshop explores creative and experimental methods and formats for a more citizen-centred urban development on a municipal level. After some insights into our last project from Berlin, we will explore the methodology using the example of Bern Bümpliz.


Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 9:30–12:30
Polyphonic Futures — Collective Futuring on Silk, Design and Body Interfaces by Veronica Ranner

Reverse engineered silk is one of the few biomaterials not rejected by the human body that is instead fully absorbed by its tissue. This characteristic enables unprecedented applications within and in interaction with the body, including bone and tissue replacements, biosensors and biodegradable electronics — in short, new wearables and implantables with a range of functions. Taking the body as a site for investigation this workshop will critically and collectively explore it as an “assembly” to be hacked and enhanced through bio-digital materials.


Wednesday, 6 November 2019, 13:30–16:30
Horror — Game — Politics — The Visual Rhetoric of Political Myths in Digital Horror Games by Eugen Pfister & Arno Görgen

Not all video games have a conscious or an intentional political message, but they communicate political aspects nonetheless. Games are not developed in aseptic laboratories without contact with the exterior. They are the result of their culture and society of origin and are at the same time reproducing these. Their developers are not creating games ex nihil but are falling back on known game design traditions. In this workshop we aim to analyse with the help of the participants some political “myths” (in the tradition of Roland Barthes) in two exemplary games.


All revenues are donated to the Grant Fund of the Bern University of the Arts HKB.

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Bern University of the Arts HKB

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3027 Bern

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