Erik Sandelin

Living Things: Design beyond Human Exceptionalism

Eating E.T. by Unsworn Industries and Terje Östlin

I work in the messy intersections of codesign, posthuman theory, biotechnology and critical animal studies. My research interests center on designerly interventions in the intimate entanglements of human and nonhuman lives mediated through digital, biological, and other technologies. How can we design with, and for, nonhuman subjects? How can designers prototype, make tangible, posthuman everyday life? What could a non-anthropocentric design practice be like? How can we put designerly skills and knowledge to use in making manifest new relations with our fellow critters – creating props for trying out, rehearsing, and discussing potential futures?

I have an MA in Interaction Design from Malmö University. Before returning to academia I co-founded and ran interaction design and innovation studio Unsworn Industries for almost ten years. We made everything from childrens' libraries to gluten E.T. barbecues.

Admitted to KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Principal supervisor: Bo Westerlund
Assistant supervisor: Hélène Frichot
Project period: 2017-2021