Seminar N°22: Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl feat Simoné Malacchini

We cordially invite you to the 22nd session of the open seminar Society, Design and Technology (SDT). The Seminar is a space for interdisciplinary reflection among academics from various fields that is meant to promote discussion of the cultural, political, and ethical implications of designs, imaginaries and uses of digital technologies in contemporary societies.

This online seminar will occur on Thursday 11 Novembre at 12:00 pm (Chilean time) or 16:00 pm (Swedish time). In this session entitled “Un/Making Matters, Practices and Imaginaries”, Kristina Lindström and Åsa Ståhl will present their ongoing work in the Un/Making Studio, that builds on an understanding of design as always being both creative and destructive. During the presentation they will share a series of projects that have responded to and engaged with emerging, ongoing, and anticipated processes of un/making, such as attempts to clean polluted soil in postindustrial landscapes with the help of plants, proposals to ban plastic disposable products and reports on ongoing and anticipated biodiversity loss. Based on their practice-based research they will discuss three different orientations of un/making: un/making in the aftermath of design, un/making preferable things, and un/making futures.


Åsa Ståhl, is a senior lecturer in design at Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden. Kristina Lindström is a senior lecturer in design at the School of Arts and Communication at Malmö University, Sweden. In 2014 they defended their collaborative PhD thesis, across the disciplines of Media and Communication Studies and Interaction Design at Malmö University. Since then, they have done a joint postdoc at Umeå Institute of Design, where they were part of the artistic research project HYBRID MATTERs in which they explored past present and future imaginaries of plastics. Ståhl and Lindström currently run the Un/Making Studio with the aim of exploring alternatives to progressivist and anthropocentric ways of thinking and making within design. Their work has its base in participatory and speculative design in combination with feminist technoscience.

Commentator: Simoné Malacchini, is designer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Master in Material and Visual Culture from UCL (London, UK). Academic of Design at Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Universidad de Chile. Her research is related to graphic design, material and visual culture, and contemporary art. Currently, she represents Chile in the Latin American Graphic Culture Network.

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