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Rosenbak, S. (2018). Designing for a City of Lies: Designing for a City of Lies. How to Rethink Belgiums Smartest City Through Engaging the Imaginaries of Its Local Citizens. In: Liesbeth Huybrechts, Maurizio Teli, Ann Light, Ann Light, Carl Di Salvo, Erik Grönvall, Anne Marie Kanstrup, Keld Bødker (Ed.), Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial. Paper presented at Participatory Design Conference 2018. New York, NY, USA: ACM Publications, 2, Article ID No. 38.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Designing for a City of Lies: Designing for a City of Lies. How to Rethink Belgiums Smartest City Through Engaging the Imaginaries of Its Local Citizens
2018 (English)In: Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial / [ed] Liesbeth Huybrechts, Maurizio Teli, Ann Light, Ann Light, Carl Di Salvo, Erik Grönvall, Anne Marie Kanstrup, Keld Bødker, New York, NY, USA: ACM Publications, 2018, Vol. 2, article id No. 38Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In order to meaningfully speculate on what a city could become, we need to first understand what a city currently is. Designing for a City of Lies is a project that sets out to answer this question, not through mapping what the city is, but what it is not. This is done by asking local citizens to tell lies about their city, and then feed these lies back to the city as designed urban interventions, prototyping new urban futures. Importantly, the project seeks to engage local citizens in new, more inclusive and playful ways throughout this process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York, NY, USA: ACM Publications, 2018
Series
ICPS: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Keywords
participatory design, smart cities, lies, data, pataphysics, imaginaries
National Category
Design Human Computer Interaction
Research subject
design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-154680 (URN)10.1145/3210604.3214363 (DOI)978-1-4503-5574-2 (ISBN)
Conference
Participatory Design Conference 2018
Available from: 2018-12-23 Created: 2018-12-23 Last updated: 2019-08-07Bibliographically approved
Rosenbak, S. (2018). Exceptional futures vs. exceptions to the future: a pataphysical approach to design fiction. In: Michael Erlhoff, Wolfgang Jonas (Ed.), NERD - New Experimental Research in Design: positions and perspectives (pp. 145-170). Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser Verlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exceptional futures vs. exceptions to the future: a pataphysical approach to design fiction
2018 (English)In: NERD - New Experimental Research in Design: positions and perspectives / [ed] Michael Erlhoff, Wolfgang Jonas, Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2018, p. 145-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2018
Series
Board of International Research in Design
National Category
Design
Research subject
design; industrial design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-154681 (URN)9783035617429 (ISBN)9783035617467 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-23 Created: 2018-12-23 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
Lindh Karlsson, M., Aditya, P. & Rosenbak, S. (2018). Shifting Perspectives of Aesthetics. Loughborough University, London
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2018 (English)Report (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this Conversation is to inquire taken-for-granted foundations for design aesthetics, often informed by semantics and the social order established around the privileged designer. Hence, the Conversation is set up to disrupt former social orders and support a shared Conversation about the nature of the questions we need to ask in order to respond to the shift in design aesthetics. The session is structured around group work, with each group’s discussion revolving around a given disruption: capitalism, the anthropocene, and technocentrism. Key to the Conversation will be conversation-triggers in form of media and creation of ‘narratives’ that represent what kind of questions can be asked and what kind of answers we aim for. The purpose is to inspire diverse discussions around ways we can push for the kinds of aesthetics that align with democratic meaning-making, beyond the idea of universal modernist functionality.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Loughborough University, London: , 2018
Keywords
aesthetics; democracy; participation; politics
National Category
Design
Research subject
Aesthetics; design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-156187 (URN)978-1-912294-36-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-02-06 Created: 2019-02-06 Last updated: 2019-02-06
Rosenbak, S. (2018). The science of imagining solutions: design becoming conscious of itself through design. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Umeå University, Umeå Institute of Design
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2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation addresses a paradox in design: we currently live in a day and age that is fundamentally conditioned by artifice on all scales, and principled by a deep sense of contingency and possibility. In this world, anything could always be something else. Design is a discipline uniquely capable of configuring artifice, instantiating it into a stream of different design artefacts that we are able to interact with. Beyond the comfort, joy and meaning these artefacts might bring to our lives, design in this way uniquely captures and shows forth possibility, not only on the scale of individual products, services etc., but also on the level of the artificial, in other words speaking directly to our contemporary human existence, to the sense of possibility as such.

We can say that—distinct from other disciplines—design contributes knowledge through this very practice of possibilizing. Strangely, design displays a curious lack of consciousness of itself with respect to this unique capability, preferring to instead put its growing array of design methods and design thinking tool kits to use in the latest problem areas, thereby implicitly affirming the lack of any distinct knowledge contribution at its core. With a commitment to reverse this dynamic by exploring this very capability, this dissertation concerns the prototyping of a pataphysically infused design practice, as a way of making design more conscious of itself.

Pataphysics, articulated by the poet Alfred Jarry at the turn of the 20th century Paris, and popularly referred to as ‘the science of imaginary solutions’, is a no­toriously slippery substance, successfully eluding academic autopsy, let alone categorisation or definition. While critical design practice has extensively adopted methods and tactics from the avant-garde movements following and drawing on pataphysics—such as dadaism, surrealism and situationism—this dissertation seeks to rectify this incomplete lineage, by bringing out the timeless pataphysical impulse in design. This process of bringing out the pataphysical impulse, is what I discuss as an ‘infusion’ of pataphysics into my research practice.

The research practice consists of a series of five different projects, carried out in the methodological tradition of research through design, where I explore pata­physics as a possible conceptual foundation for design. In each of the projects, design’s capability to possibilize, is brought out just beyond the edge of design’s disciplinary domain, making a self-conscious foray into contemporary problem areas: printmaking (Workcentre 7120), global mass surveillance (Meta(data) morphosis), smart cities (Designing for a City of Lies), future making (FutureDomestic Landscape), and design discourse building (Design Research Failures).

By playing out across the material and immaterial, fluidly and consciously trans­gressing the actual and the imaginary in this range of different contexts, the dis­sertation shows what a pataphysically infused design practice is: a design that not only views its artefacts, experiments, and projects, but also itself, along with the world in which it operates, as imaginary solutions.

In addition to the practice itself, one of the imaginary solutions produced through the research practice is the science of imagining solutions. This is a theory describ­ing the way in which a design conscious of itself is uniquely able to show forth possibility to the world and to knowledge as large. It discusses the study of this capability as an ‘epiphenomenology of design’, and offers ‘quantum poetics’ as a nascent vocabulary for describing the aesthetics of this capability. Further, it offers a reconception of criticality in design away from a historical perspective, arguing that a design consciously engaging with the edge of its own domain, understood as the space where it can comfortably possibilize, is a critical design practice.

Finally, this dissertation does not only concern design itself as a discipline, but with its focus on design’s unique capability to show forth possibility as such, more broadly speaks to a world that currently sees the sense of possibility being curtailed in numerous ways.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå University, Umeå Institute of Design, 2018. p. 341
Keywords
design, pataphysics, possibility, imaginaries, imagination, the artificial, critical practice, critical design, speculative design, design fiction, participatory design, smart cities, lies, metadata, surveillance, failures, research through design, constructive design research, practice-based design research, programmatic research, epiphenomenology, quantum poetics
National Category
Design
Research subject
design; industrial design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-154570 (URN)978-91-7855-008-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-01-25, Project Studio, Östra Strandgatan 30, 903 33, Umeå, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-12-21 Created: 2018-12-19 Last updated: 2019-01-15Bibliographically approved
Rosenbak, S. (2017). Histories of Design Research Failures. Paper presented at Design History Society Annual Conference, Oslo, September 7–9, 2017. Writing Visual Culture, 8
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2017 (English)In: Writing Visual Culture, ISSN 2049-7180, Vol. 8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Design Research Failures is a design research project that facilitates conversation, reflection and action around the question: “In what way has Design Research failed in the last 50 years?” In this article, the project is further discussed as a potential vehicle for making and unmaking design history in various ways. As a call for action for design historians to engage in this exploration, two examples of such possible engagements are included, one by Kaisu Savola and another by Ben Highmore.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Hertfordshire, 2017
Keywords
Design Research Failures, failures, design, design history, design research, making, unmaking
National Category
Design
Research subject
design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143264 (URN)
Conference
Design History Society Annual Conference, Oslo, September 7–9, 2017
Projects
Design Research Failures
Funder
The Kempe Foundations
Available from: 2017-12-19 Created: 2017-12-19 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
Rosenbak, S. (2017). Your Design Research Failures. An Hour of Catharsis Workshop: Reflection From the Workshop. 3rd PhD By Design conference, Sheffield School of Architecture
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2017 (English)Report (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
3rd PhD By Design conference, Sheffield School of Architecture: , 2017
Series
PhD by Design Instant Journal, ISSN 2396-846X, E-ISSN 2396-8478 ; Four
National Category
Design
Research subject
design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141617 (URN)
Projects
Design Research Failures
Available from: 2017-11-09 Created: 2017-11-09 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Rosenbak, S. (2016). Fifty Years of Failures: Part of DRS 50th Anniversary Event panel: "Outside Looking in" (presentation of the three 50th Anniversary grant projects).. In: : . Paper presented at DRS2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fifty Years of Failures: Part of DRS 50th Anniversary Event panel: "Outside Looking in" (presentation of the three 50th Anniversary grant projects).
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Design
Research subject
design; industrial design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-129382 (URN)
Conference
DRS2016
Projects
Design Research Failures
Funder
The Kempe Foundations
Available from: 2016-12-22 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Rosenbak, S. (2016). OSLO magazine vol. 1+2+3.
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2016 (English)Other, Exhibition catalogue (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) [Artistic work]
National Category
Design
Research subject
design; Fine arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-129384 (URN)
Projects
The Ventriloquist Summerschool 2016
Available from: 2016-12-22 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Rosenbak, S. (2016). PhD by Design Discussion Session 3 Notes. PhD by Design at DRS2016
Open this publication in new window or tab >>PhD by Design Discussion Session 3 Notes
2016 (English)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
PhD by Design at DRS2016: , 2016. p. 14-15
Series
PhD by Design Instant Journal, ISSN 2396-846X (print), 2396-8478 (online) ; Issue Three
National Category
Design
Research subject
design; industrial design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-128906 (URN)
Projects
PhD by Design
Funder
The Kempe Foundations
Available from: 2016-12-19 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2018-06-09
Rosenbak, S. & Aditya, P. (2016). Prototyping design research tools. Paper presented at Design Research Society conference, 28th - 30th June 2016, Brighton, UK. Instant Journal (3), 35-36
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Prototyping design research tools
2016 (English)In: Instant Journal, ISSN 2396-846X, no 3, p. 35-36Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [en]

In this workshop, we propose that design research needs to actively think about designing research tools and procedures as part of the research process. Following from this a number of questions arise: How can we get a critical understanding of how research tools shape our research practices? How can we practice collaborative sharing, critiquing and making of tools? For example, in a setup using materials and manual making at the PhD by Design session. When engaging in experimental practice-based research, what capabilities do design researchers need to prototype and articulate their tool-making practices?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
PhD by Design, 2016
Keywords
Design research, tool-making, co-design, practice-based research, participatory design
National Category
Design
Research subject
design; industrial design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-129476 (URN)
Conference
Design Research Society conference, 28th - 30th June 2016, Brighton, UK
Projects
Prototyping Practices
Note

This report and the corresponding workshop with the same title, was created and co-hosted by Aditya Pawar and Søren Rosenbak from the Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden. The workshop was held as part of the PhD by Design event in the Design Research Society conference 2016, Brighton, UK.

Available from: 2016-12-30 Created: 2016-12-30 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved
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