KISDtalk: "Dawn of the Living Hairbrushes"

+++ Vortrag fällt aus. +++ KISDtalk: Theories and Practice of Design , 30. Januar 2018

Olsen  (Bild: KISD )

+++ Vortrag fällt aus. +++ How does movement influence our perception? And how do we interpret it? In this public lecture, Dr. Oliver Olsen will discuss possibilities of movement as a social terminology and will elaborate on areas such as computer graphic animation to human-robot interaction.

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+++ Vortrag fällt aus. +++ KISDtalk: "Dawn of the Living Hairbrushes"

+++ Vortrag fällt aus. +++ KISDtalk: Theories and Practice of Design


  • 30. Januar 2018
  • 17.30 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr


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


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KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design


Dr. Oliver Olsen, Hasa-Labs, London/Zürich


KISD – Köln International School of Design der TH Köln

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In his talk, Oliver Olsen will present the research carried out during his PhD exploring the role of movement on people's perception of technical objects. He will present context and concepts as well as methodology and empirical work. One of the key findings brought forward is that movement motivates a social interpretation. This is indicated in the empirical work using a non-anthropomorphic object of a hairbrush lacking resemblances e.g. of faces or body structure similar to animals and humans, and participants interpretation of the brush as animate and intentional as soon as it moves.
This corresponds to screen-based works, for instance Heider's and Simmel's seminal work displaying that movement of non-anthropomorphic objects like triangles and dots are predominantly interpreted in social terminology as actions of animate beings. However, as the work comprises a real world‘ scenario with a robot and people, it transfers these findings from social psychology and computer graphic animation to the field of human-robot interaction.
Oliver Olsen is the executive "sesselastronaut" of the HASA. Olsen serves as the agency’s first in command and oversees the day to day work of HASA’s functional offices. In his position, he consults in various affairs, e.g. how to reconcile science with the exploration of the fantastic and the imaginary. Area of research: technology as antennas for imagination.
The talk will be held in English language.

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 always take place on the specified dates 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.