Abstract

In this extended abstract I will draw on my experimental participatory design experiments and develop a proposal for a decentred design role in transformation processes: the imagination of Otherness. This concept is inspired by the political thinking of Deleuze and Guattari and offers an alternative to the dichotomy majority vs. minority and, as I propose, an alternative thinking model for political participation through design. It offers a way of thinking design as engaged in and across multiple world makings – and not to think design as an universal tool to engage marginalized minorities. I will outline my experience working with fungi as partners in designing, which made me rethink my own assumptions of the design process and the idea of “good participation”. The imagination of Otherness is not only a perspective to understand the contingency of (political) design processes, but also the multiple temporalities forming transformations.

Keywords

More-than-human-centred-design; Otherness; becoming-minor; multiple temporalities

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Jun 4th, 12:00 AM

Transforming through imaginations of Otherness

In this extended abstract I will draw on my experimental participatory design experiments and develop a proposal for a decentred design role in transformation processes: the imagination of Otherness. This concept is inspired by the political thinking of Deleuze and Guattari and offers an alternative to the dichotomy majority vs. minority and, as I propose, an alternative thinking model for political participation through design. It offers a way of thinking design as engaged in and across multiple world makings – and not to think design as an universal tool to engage marginalized minorities. I will outline my experience working with fungi as partners in designing, which made me rethink my own assumptions of the design process and the idea of “good participation”. The imagination of Otherness is not only a perspective to understand the contingency of (political) design processes, but also the multiple temporalities forming transformations.

 

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