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The Debtoscope: Transvaluation through Design
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design. (Prototyping Practices)
2015 (English)In: Transvaluation Symposium Online Proceedings, Gothenburg: Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses transvaluation through design from an analysis of the ‘Debtoscope’, a design intervention dealing with the issue of debt that took place in Brisbane, Australia, November 2012. Framed around the single question: “How does debt hurt you?” the project used a seven metre long stethoscope made of local recycled trash material to expose the invisible suffering from indebtedness in the public urban space. Through the unpacking of the stethoscope as a Nietzschean metaphor and the discussion of diagnosis as a tactic for hacking infrastructural space, the Debtoscope brings us closer, not only to what transvaluation through design could be like, but perhaps also to what it should be like. 

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Gothenburg: Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology , 2015.
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transvaluation through design, stethoscope, diagnosis, debt, extra-disciplinarity, extra-regulation.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-113419OAI: diva2:885012
Transvaluation: Making the world matter May 21-22, Chalmers University, Gothenburg
Available from: 2015-12-17 Created: 2015-12-17 Last updated: 2016-06-10Bibliographically approved

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