P062
Design Anthropology: Uniting experience and imagination in the midst of social and material transformation
Convenor:
Mike Anusas (University of Edinburgh)
Discussant:
Tim Ingold (University of Aberdeen), Wendy Gunn (RMIT University)
Format:
Panels
Location:
British Museum - BP Lecture Theatre
Start time:
3 June, 2018 at 9:00
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

This panel takes Design Anthropology beyond a concern with stabilised objects and artefacts, to show how design can be a way of doing anthropology in the midst of social and material transformation, evidenced by works-in-the-making and drawing on experience from all regions and peoples of the world.

Long abstract:

This panel will address the intersection of artistic expression, creativity, material practice and technological possibility through the interdisciplinary field of Design Anthropology. The panel proposes a view of Design Anthropology not as a sub-disciplinary study of the forms and functions of already settled objects and artefacts, but as a way of doing anthropology by bringing together lived experience and speculative imagination in the midst of social and material transformation. The panel will bring together existing voices in Design Anthropology with those in adjacent fields of contemporary art and critical design who seek to explore art and design as avenues of provocation, change and speculation and who are willing to transgress disciplinary norms and boundaries in striving for an imagination of the possible. Whilst the panel will follow a tradition paper-led structure, participants will be asked to develop anthropological critique and theory through works-in-the-making; that is, through the presentation of experimental, propositional and prototype forms of artefact, dress, media, sculpture and/or material surface. Our aim thereby is to explore the potentials of anthropology as transformative practice, engaged with life and materials on the move and in the midst of dialogue and correspondence. As well as making an open call, we will invite papers, discussants and chairs from established international Design Anthropology networks across Australia, Scandinavia, North America and the UK. We will also invite key participants from Africa, India and South America. Our ambition is for a Design Anthropology that draws on experience from all regions and peoples of the world.