KISDtalk: "Affirming Potential. Design and Cohabitation"

KISDtalk: Theories and Practice of Design , 16. April 2019

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In this public lecture, guest speaker Martín Ávila will consider ways of affirming myriad modes of living – human ones and other-than-human ones – through everyday artefacts. Ecological-political issues will be expressed by confronting us with aspects of anthropocentrism in design that make design activities short-sighted in relation to current understanding of ecological complexity.

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KISDtalk: "Affirming Potential. Design and Cohabitation"

KISDtalk: Theories and Practice of Design


  • 16. April 2019
  • 17.30 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr
  • in meinen Kalender übertragen


KISD – Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Cologne


free entry


KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design


Martín Ávila, Professor of Design, Kostfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm


KISD – Köln International School of Design

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The title of the talk asserts positively: one the one hand, it indicates that the human activity we call design is capable of becoming responsable, capable of developing capacities to support interspecies cohabitation. On the other hand, it implies tension since the potential, the latency of this possibility may or may not be realized. Martin will illustrate his talk with proposals developed in Argentina during his postdoctoral project “Symbiotic tactics” (2013-2016).
Martín Avila is a designer, researcher and Professor of Design at Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden. He holds a Master in Design Studies from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London (1999) and a degree in Industrial Design from the National University of Córdoba, Argentina (1995). He received his PhD in 2012 with the dissertation "Devices. On Hospitality, Hostility and Design"

The KISDtalks are a public lecture series on relevant perspectives of design. They give space for an open-minded and profound analysis and reflexion of the manifold issues of design, culture, society, technology, and different scientific disciplines. Topics are interdisciplinary, integrative, and provide internationality by domestic and international speakers. The talks take place on specified dates on a Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the conference room 11 at KISD. The 60-90 minutes-long presentations with “Q&A“ are a public event and free of charge.