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Design Research Methods Festival 2020

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The annual Design Research Methods Festival is dedicated to approaches and methods relevant to design and to design research.

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We invited six experts to hold a workshop, introducing the participants to why and how they do what they do:

Monday, 2 November 2020, 9:30–12:30

COPYRIGHT IN DESIGN by Robert Stutz

Designers no longer primarily create products, but values and culture. This raises the question of the appropriate protection today. In this workshop, we will examine the various intellectual property rights that serve to protect creative achievements. The focus is on the question under which conditions design is protected by copy- right. The advantages are obvious: a long-lasting monopoly right that is acquired without formalities and can be enforced in most countries thanks to international conventions. But when is it an intel- lectual creation of the mind with individual character? What are the national differences in the protection of works of applied art?

Robert Stutz is one of the founders of Beutler Künzi Stutz AG, an IP boutique law firm which is specialised in intellectual property. Robert Stutz has focused on design since the beginning of his career. He has written numerous articles in learned journals and also lectures at Universities and schools of the arts.

Monday, 2 November 2020, 13:30–16:30 

SOCIAL ROBOTS IN ELDER CARE by Anne Aronsson

As a hyper-aging society, Japan has one of the highest global life expectancies and is undergoing a demographic transition that Western nations have yet to experience. The Japanese government is encouraging robotic solutions to a labor shortage in elder care, and Japanese authorities have adopted an agenda of introducing social robots to assist in elder care. However, Japanese society is increasingly experiencing the phenomenon of people becoming emotionally attached to anthropomorphic machines such as social robots. The introduction of social robots into the realm of eldercare can be perceived as contentious. In exploring human engagement with social robots within the care context, my project argues that introducing emotional technologies into the equation of care neither provides the same kind of experience as human-human interaction, nor is necessarily psychologically deceptive, but gives rise to new relationships and ways of interacting.

Anne Aronsson obtained her doctor’s degree in socio-cultural anthropology from Yale University, United States. Dr. Aronsson is currently an associated researcher at the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern and her postdoctoral research focuses on elderly care in Japan and the use of robotic care devices, with a focus on social robots and emerging emotional technologies.

Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 9:30–12:30

REGENERATIVE LANDWIRTSCHAFT by Matthias Hollenstein

SlowGrow widmet sich seit 2014 der Erforschung und Entwicklung regenerativer Anbausysteme. Was auf kleiner Fläche begann ist mittlerweile zu einem 20 Ha Versuchsfeld neuartiger Anbaumethoden im Gemüse und Ackerbau geworden. Die Landwirtschaft befindet sich im Umbruch: Bauern orientieren sich vermehrt an den Zielen einer « regenerativen Landwirtschaft ». Durch diverse Massnahmen sollen möglichst viele Umweltziele erreicht werden. Dazu braucht es praktische Forschung fernab der etablierten Forschungsfelder der Agronomie. Dieser Workshop bietet eine Einführung in die Grundlagen der regenerativen Landwirtschaft und die kreative und unbefangene Herangehensweise von SlowGrow, neue Anbaumethoden praxistauglich zu machen.

Matthias Hollenstein hat als Werkzeugmacher und Produktentwickler hochkomplexe Hightech und Raumfahrtteile mitentwickelt. Diese haben seine Faszination für unkonventionelle Lösungen geweckt. Nach einem radikalen Wandel hat er sich mit SlowGrow, in der Landwirtschaft selbstständig gemacht und dabei an seiner Arbeitsweise nicht viel geändert.

Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 13:30–16:30

THE POLITICS OF EXHAUSTION by Akwugo Emejulu

Drawing on my six nation comparative research project, Women of Colour Resist, my talk will propose a tentative politics of exhaustion as a way to understand the promise and perils of women of colour activists’ solidarity work in Europe. Through an examination of how women of colour activists strategise, organise and mobilise, I will discuss the political and psychological impact of exhaustion on the lives of activists. To declare exhaustion, I argue, is to hail the equally exhausted to build solidarity, mutuality and a collective identity. Understanding the politics of exhaustion can help shed light on the creative practices of women of colour activists in a Europe wracked by crisis, as well as highlight the structural processes that demand activists’ exhaustion.

Akwugo Emejulu is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her research interests include the political sociology of race, class and gender and women of colour's grassroots activism in Europe and the United States. She is the author of several books including Fugitive Feminism (Silver Press, 2021) and Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain (Policy Press, 2017). She is co-editor of To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe (Pluto Press, 2019).

Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 9:30–12:30 

A GLIMPSE BEYOND TRASH by Sabina Brägger

The simple act of creating new products includes major responsibilities in various fields – quite an overwhelming thought. So, let us start small and shed light on the first base of our designs – the raw materials. Through examples of her own work – like fish skin and buffalo down – Sabina will explain how she looks behind so-called trash where she finds her profession's foundation. Together you will develop ideas and learn about obstacles – and maybe in the end, you think «wow» instead of «gross».

Sabina Brägger studied textile design at the Hochschule Luzern (BA and MA) with one year of internships at konvex in Berne and Ulf Moritz in Amsterdam. 2016 she founded her own label, which she undertakes ever since. In her practice, she wants to locate and develop unused materials that are otherwise no longer used, and make them usable for product design.

Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 13:30–16:30 

ANTI-RACIST/ANTI-CAPITALIST FASHIONS by Tanveer Ahmed

Fashion continues to be dominated by universal ideas embedded in capitalist and racist design practices, divorced from everyday life experiences. This neoliberal approach rewards Eurocentric fashion designs which «other», stereotype and culturally appropriate fashion knowledges from the Global South. Inspired by anti-racist decolonial feminist approaches, this workshop sets out re-centre everyday knowledges in the fashion design process by decolonising «the Masterʼs Tools» in fashion: the measuring tape, pattern cutting blocks, trend mood boards, sewing machines, the mannequin and more; how does coloniality/modernity/patriarchal thinking embedded in such tools continue to reproduce racist and capitalist thinking in the fashion design process?

Tanveer Ahmed is an AHRC PhD candidate at The Open University and a visiting lecturer at The Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London. Tanveer’s research aims are to devise anti-racist, anti-capitalist and culturally pluriversal fashion design agendas.

All revenues are donated to the HKB scholarship fund.

We guarantee compliance with the current coronavirus measures and ordinances of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. If the event cannot be held on-site, we reserve the right to cancel, postpone or hold it online.

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