Seminar: On aesthetics, transcendence and immanence

Welcome to open and informal seminar with professor Johan Redström, Wednesday February 27th from 13.00 – 15.00 in CODE, Fabrikmestervej 6, Copenhagen K, Room 90. 3. 15. Based on the characteristics of two distinct ways in which something comes together and becomes something more than its constituent parts, this will be speculative discussion on the differences between totalities and assemblages in design. In particular, it will probe the implications of considering an aesthetics of immanence in contrast to prevailing orientations towards transcendence. To give an example: will an aesthetics of the social (in/through/of design) be fundamentally different from an aesthetics of industrial production, and if so, why is that?


Redström, J. & Wiltse, H. (2019). Changing Things; The future of objects in a digital world, Ch. 1, 2 & 4.

(Primarily chapter 4, but this makes more sense if one has read the other ones before as well (and they are all quite short))


Johan Redström is Professor in design at Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University (Sweden). He has previously been Rector of Umeå Institute of Design, and before that Design Director of the Interactive Institute (Sweden). He received his PhD from Göteborg University in 2001, where he also became Docent in Interaction Design in 2008. Working with research through design, combining experimental practice with design philosophy, he has done research in areas such as emerging technologies and traditional materials (e.g. on IT+Textiles), design and sustainability (e.g. on design, energy consumption and awareness) and more recently reconceptualisations of ‘things’ in light of new digital forms of making and using. His most recent books are “Making Design Theory” (MIT Press 2017) and “Changing Things; The future of objects in a digital world” together with Heather Wiltse (Bloomsbury 2019).

About Eva Brandt

Eva Brandt is Professor in Social Design at Design School Kolding. Eva is scientific leader of the Lab for Social Design. The main part of her research is about how designers can stage open design processes (design labs based on participatory design/codesign) with many participants who both can inquire into existing practices and explore possible futures in common. She also contributes to theorizing about experimental design research driven by programs and experiments. She has been contributing to several books such as Design Spaces (IT Press, 2005), Rehearsing the Future (The Danish Design School Press, 2010), XLAB (The Danish Design School Press, 2011), Facilitating Change – Using Interactive Methods in Organizations, Communities and Networks (Polyteknisk Forlag, 2011), and Routledge International Handbook of Participatory Design (Routledge, 2013). Practice Based Design Reseach (2017). Ledelse og samskabelse i den offentlige sektor (2018). Eva has been chairing the Nordic Design Research Conference in 2013, and are chairing the Nordes 2021 too.
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