Jenny Richards and Erik Sandelin new doctoral students at the KTD programme

22 February 2017

The doctoral programme that Konstfack and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) started together in 2014 has two new doctoral students: Jenny Richards and Erik Sandelin.

Art, Technology and Design (KTD) is the doctoral programme that Konstfack and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) started together in 2014 with the aim of increasing the knowledge exchange between arts and sciences.

There has been great interest in the programme from the very beginning, and there were 226 applicants for the first five positions. This time, in the second call for applications, we had 159. Of these, we chose Jenny Richards and Erik Sandelin with their respective projects Outsourcing the Body and Living Things. Design Beyond Human Exceptionalism.

Curator and writer Jenny Richards' area of research is Material Cultures. Her practice is driven by an interest in examining the politics of work today to better understand the historic transformation of labour processes and the effects they have on our bodies and lives. Outsourcing the Body builds on the theories in Arlie Hochschild's book The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times and her significant research into the different ways outsourcing has affected lives, from surrogacy to online dating.

What Hochschild puts forward, and what Jenny Richards wishes to investigate through her project, is if we expand outsourcing from a matter of employing another to do a job that you can't or don't want to carry out yourself; can it form a useful concept through which to understand the ways in which we put the different parts of our own bodies to work?

Erik Sandelin is an interaction designer, sound artist and founder of the innovation company Unsworn Industries, where he still works.

His area of research is Design Driven and Creative Knowledge Production and his research interests centre on designerly interventions in the intimate entanglements of human and nonhuman lives mediated by digital, biological, and other technologies.

Questions that will be explored in his project Living Things. Design Beyond Human Exceptionalism are: how can we design with, and for, nonhuman subjects? How can designers prototype and make post human everyday life tangible? What could a non-anthropocentric design practice be like?

Jenny Richards and Erik Sandelin – welcome to the KTD programme at Konstfack and KTH!

Updated: 22 February 2017