Change the Refrains: Eco-Logic Design for the Revaluation of Urban Environments

Jonas Fritsch, Kristine Samson

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This presentation takes its point of departure in a transdisciplinary exploration of urban affective encounters and moves towards a revaluation of contemporary urban space from the joint perspectives of evental urbanism and affective interaction design within the frame of the ongoing research project Affects, Interfaces, Events.
The city, its planning and design, is primarily driven by economics and architectural regeneration for making profits. By bringing forth urban ecologies and their affective potentials (as value, capacity to affect and to be affected) we argue that it is possible to change the refrains (social, mental, environmental) of the current urban condition. In Three Ecologies, Félix Guattari argues that an eco-logic approach is necessary to initiate real change, forge new value systems and new productions of subjectivity (1989/2000. In our current practice, we have conducted two urban workshops within the frame of ‘Urban Fabric(s)’ where we have explored the relational ecologies of various urban bodies and textures. Within a transdisciplinary group of researchers consisting of interaction designers, artists, engineers and performance interventionists, we have explored the relations and affective capacities inherent in a variety of urban fabrics and layers. Using the body, the senses and an interactive design that enables people to feel WiFi and CO2 as Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS). At the presentation we will draw on the workshops to propose eco-logical designs for re-articulating and revaluing urban environments.
Guattari, F. (2000).The Three Ecologies. The Athlone Press, London and New Brunswick. Massumi, Brian (2018): 99 Theses on the Revalutation of Value. Minnesota Press, McGormack, Derek 2016: Refrains for Moving Bodies. Experience and Experiment in Affective Spaces. Duke University Press.
Publikationsdato9 aug. 2018
StatusUdgivet - 9 aug. 2018
BegivenhedCapacious: Affect Inquiry - Making Space - Millersville University’s Ware Center, Lancaster;pensylvania, USA
Varighed: 8 aug. 201811 aug. 2018


LokationMillersville University’s Ware Center

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