Higher Seminar: Erik Sandelin

Date and time
November 20, 2018, at 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Type of event
Place and route

LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Look at a map)
Underground station: Telefonplan (Timetables at SL)

Bully Goes Fishing – Meanderings in Posthuman Design

How can we design with, and for, nonhuman subjects? What could a non-anthropocentric design practice be like? How can we put designerly skills and knowledge to use in prototyping less speciesist relations with our fellow critters?

In his PhD project "Living Things: Design beyond Human Exceptionalism", Erik Sandelin works in the messy intersections of design, posthumanism, biotechnology and critical animal studies. His research interests center on intimate entanglements of human and nonhuman lives mediated through digital, biological, and other technologies. Sandelin is currently probing this design space through interventions in everyday activities where we interface nonhuman lives, such as barbecues, recreational fishing, and allergic reactions.

In this seminar we will engage with three texts by Erik Sandelin:

1. Designer and Goldcrest – an illustrated storybook introducing some of Sandelin’s companion thinkers, through the perspective of a practicing designer. Available at www.sorgenfripress.se.

2. Bully Goes Fishing – a chapter for the upcoming anthology Design and Nature.

3. A status report briefly outlining and situating Sandelin’s research for this 25%-seminar.

Please contact Protected address to get access to the the last two texts.

Erik Sandelin is a PhD candidate at the interdisciplinary programme Art, Technology and Design – a joint initiative of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Sandelin holds an MA in Interaction Design from Malmö University. Before returning to academia he co-founded and ran interaction design and innovation studio Unsworn Industries for almost ten years.

Helena Pedersen is a senior lecturer at the Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies at University of Gothenburg. Pedersen recently co-founded the cross-disciplinary network GU-CAS: Gothenburg University's Network for Critical Animal Studies in the Anthropocene.

Martín Avila is professor of design at Konstfack University of Arts Crafts and Design in Stockholm. He recently completed a postdoc project, Symbiotic Tactics, that explored socio-ecological issues at different scales.

Erik Sandelin Protected address

Doctoral Programme in Art, Technology and Design

Updated: 30 October 2018