Prototyping
a pataphysically infused
critical design practice

Søren Rosenbak

Prototyping a pataphysically infused critical design practice (PhD project)

Pataphysics, formulated by the French symbolist poet Alfred Jarry in Paris, 1893, clashes with the design discipline in a number of ways. As an inherently useless concept, pataphysics challenges 'usefulness' as a historical design imperative, with further questions arising around how we attribute value to design artefacts and how we consider 'knowledge' in the process of designing. However, at the same breath, design and pataphysics can be characterised through surprising degrees of affinity. In the same manner as pataphysics favours the particular over the general to a point where every instance is understood as an (equivalent) exception, a design solution can be read as an "ultimate particular" (Nelson & Stolterman, 2012). The excitement over this complicated relationship, enjoying a simultaneous state of attraction and repulsion, lies at the heart of my PhD project, where I'm working with the prototyping of a pata-design practice through a series of design experiments. This journey has so far taken me through areas such as impossible printing, metadatamorphosis and urban walking.

My advisors are Johan Redström (Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University) and Carl DiSalvo (Georgia Institute of Technology).

Areas of Interest

Critical design practices incl. speculative and critical design, design fictions, pataphysics, the relationship between design & science, data privacy, urban walking, design failures, design anthropology.

 

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