30 November: Higher seminar in Rethinking research practices in Art, Technology and Design

Welcome to our higher seminars in Rethinking research practices in Art, Technology and Design!

It’s time for the next higher seminar[*] this semester. We are very happy to inform you that it will take place on November 30, 1–3.30pm at Konstfack (room: Wickmans) with Design Researcher Mahmoud Keshavarz, who critically examines the productions and conditions of undocumentedness from the agency of design and designing. In his research three material realities – passports, camps and borders – are specifically interrogated as set of articulations that inform us, historically and materially, how design and politics co-articulate the world and its possibilities of access, inhabitation and understanding.

 Even though design and activities of designing are here primarily understood as articulatory practices that shape the current politics of mobility, Keshavarz also discusses potentialities of design practices in rearticulating other possibilities of politics.

 Mahmoud Keshavarz is a design researcher with a BA and MFA in Design. Currently he is a PhD Candidate and teacher in Design at the School of Arts and Communication (K3), Malmö University and works on his dissertation with the working title: Passports, Camps and Borders: Material Articulations of Design-Politics.

 In the seminar Keshavarz will present an early draft of chapter seven, Border-Working: Space of Designing, Circulations and Consumption, from his forthcoming dissertation. The chapter discusses a set of circulatory practices that give shape to borders as material articulations.

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 We have a limited number of places, so please send an email to Protected address if you want to participate.

The higher seminar series aim to provide a platform for a continuous and dynamic exchange on matters pertaining to research within Konstfack at large – senior researchers, faculty, practitioners, doctoral candidates and students – as well as with students, researchers and practitioners in affiliated fields and institutions. The higher seminar series is open to the public.

[*] By “higher seminar” we refer to a format where an invited seminar presenter, such as doctoral candidates, researchers and other experts, provides material(s) in advance, which should be carefully reviewed by participants before each specific seminar session. The seminar is focused on a critical encounter and discussion on the provided material(s).

Updated: 5 October 2016