Plastic pollution phenomena is hard to understand and super wicked to reverse and thus requires new ways of engaging with plastics materiality. In KraalD design, craft-art, environmental activist journey, ‘I/We’ visually co-create, evoke and share some of my thoughtful explorations that are offering a more than human perspective on the oceanic plastic pollution.
Designtransposal: Creatively desires to narrate the social and material life of plastic disposal. Following Rosi Braidotti, the very interconnection is a sign of transposition, that is to say, a creative leap that produces a prolific in-between space. Thus, this research adopts the term of transposal, as the state of being transposed ‘not merely in the quantitative mode of plural multiplications, but rather in the qualitative sense of complex multiplicities’ (Braidotti, 2006, p. 5).
Book Perspectives on Waste from the Social Sciences and Humanities: Opening the Bin 2020
Waste is something we encounter on an everyday basis. Today, the waste-mountain is increasing despite ambitious measures being taken to decrease it. Consequently, increased scholarly interest is being devoted to waste, but primarily from a technocratic and scientific point of view. This compilation offers different perspectives on waste, its characteristics, and its presence in the world from social scientist and humanist standpoints. Waste is the constant companion to the human, and is thus inherent in modern society. Therefore, waste needs to be further approached and understood from a plethora of scholarly perspectives and disciplines, and further investigated through a multitude of methodologies and data collection techniques. The imagination of a future where waste-preventive actions and circular economies permeate society can only be a reality if technocratic and scientific accounts of what is to be done, when, and how, are complemented by social scientific and humanist concepts of the nature and constitution of waste. Such a perspective offers the possibility to understand how waste is constituted through relationships, language, materials, politics, practices and structures. This book shows that philosophers, historians, cultural theorists and economists have much to offer on the topic of waste as a part of everyday modern life. Thanks to all authors and two editors. #Richard Ek #Nils Johansson https://www.linkedin.com/company/cambridgescholarspublishing/
See Chapter 8: Visualising the North Atlantic Gyre Patch pages 137-160
Book Design Research for Change 2019
Design Research for Change 2019 is a showcase of over 60 design-led projects that transcend disciplinary, methodological, geographical,
and conceptual boundaries. The projects illustrate wide ranging social, cultural, and economic impact and highlight the significant roles that UK based Design researchers play in some of the most complex and challenging issues we face both in the UK and globally and the positive outcomes that are being designed and developed.
See City Self Anima pp.56-57 https://www.designresearchforchange.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/DR4C_Showcase_2019_Catalogue_digital_LRes.pdf
Book Design and Nature: A Partnership 2019
Arrived today! #DesignandNature book packed in plastic, wrapped in cardboard sleeve paradoxicality of packaging that is against Nature. Nevertheless, the mind is feeling good to be published by @earthscan from #routledgebooks Thanks to all authors and three editors #kateflecher #louisestpierre #mathildatham
Plastics with the Living Voice 2019
Goldsmiths Postgraduate Research Conference 2019 ‘Futures of the Real’
KraalD praxis continues to nurture a complex metaspace, self-entangled in design research, art and craft-making practice with plastic things exploring ontologies of the more than human worlds borrowing the term from the Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, (2017). My speculative materiality research with plastic things was initially theoretically influenced by Bill Brown’s (2001), ‘Thing Theory’ literal critique that rests upon the ‘material fetishism’ (Brown, 2001, p. 5). Brown argues that as a society, we confront the thingness of objects only when they stop functioning for us (Brown, 2001, pp.1-22). Ambiguous in its core, the power of the thing is almost always associated as ugly once it has been pulled out of its context, eliminated and exorcised.
The research journey further combined Bill Brown’s theory with the Rosi Braidotti (2006) Nomadic ethics, strongly influenced by the ‘Transpositions’ that justifies my changing order of intent ‘into bio-centred egalitarianism’ (Braidotti, 2006:111), and following the notion of the plastics with nonhuman other material embodiment. In the Metamorphoses Rosi Braidotti (2002), concludes that ‘if you don’t like complexities of real life you could not possibly feel at home in the third millennium’ and predicts that ‘non-unitary subjectivity, complexity and multiplicity will be the key terms for the 21 century…as well as the fear, terror, ethical and political panic combined with technological and cultural advances’ (Braidotti, 2002, p. 263-264).
Sail Britain aims to inspire positive change for the oceans through sailing. SB explores the British coastline working towards cultural exchange and ocean literacy through exploration, education and learning how to sail.
This event was conceived as a forum to facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the social and environmental issues that surround plastic.
Designtransposal Workshop PhD by Design 2015
Voices: Katarina Dimitrijevic & Olga Noronha voice and mixing plastic soup
PhD By Design, Goldsmiths University of London
Designtransposal Workshop, Creative Challenge/ UCA, London 2015
Designtransposal Workshop, Falmouth University 2015
How Come ? Mres in Design Goldsmiths UoL Exhibition, Rug Factory, Shoreditch, London, 2012
Theoretically inspired notions of designedisposal tactics are presented through practice works of the MRes in Design thesis “KraalD:Transformation by Designedisposal” 2011-2013. Atelier lights are the conversational artefacts which propose design-led critical responses to the planetary plastic pollution challenges. Plastics material mediation is animated vis personas of the wild springbok antelope and domesticated cow heads. Nicknamed Boki and Mumu are remade with the post-consumer high-density polyethylene, HDPE bottles and polyethylene terephthalate, PET bottle tops.