P16
New directions in anthropology, architecture and design

Convenors:
Fabiola Jara Gomez (Utrecht University)
Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen)
Cristina Grasseni (Utrecht University)
Alberto Altes Arlandis (TU Delft)
Location:
Room 9
Start time:
14 April, 2015 at 9:15
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

We will explore synergies across anthropology, architecture and design, understood as modes of inquiry. Focusing on processes of making entailed in the production of experimental social and cultural forms, we aim to lay the foundations for innovative, responsible, sustainable aesthetic production.

Long abstract:

This panel will explore synergies across anthropology, architecture and design, understood as modes of inquiry and aesthetic production. Following Tim Ingold's lead, the panel invites anthropologists and practitioners to focus on processes of making entailed in the production of new and experimental social and cultural forms. If all knowing can proceed only through real, local and material engagement, then this must apply to anthropology as well. Knowledge is not what can be said about the world; it is rather a way of making the world. The emergence of the creative commons, along with contemporary experimental interventions by citizens in many parts of the world, calls for new collaborative methodologies. Practices such as local, sustainable food provisioning and the use of alternative currencies, or the autonomous construction of distributed 'home' environments, could be understood as 'aesthetic productions', redesigning a 'self' which breaks the bounds of the neo-liberal subject. The disciplines of architecture and design have long been accustomed to confronting and cooperating with materials, places, and people, and have much experience to offer in this area. They have already developed collaborative and participatory methodologies which hold promise for anthropology. Architects Alberto Altés and Oren Lieberman propose the notion of 'intraventions'. Focusing to the collective production of the common, they develop situated and collective ways of doing and making immediately, transversally and diffractively. We call for papers which contribute to the creation of a conceptual and methodological common ground, and to laying the foundations for innovative, responsible, generous, sustainable aesthetic productions.