Research

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  in hands on making, to 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 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

https://www.designresearchforchange.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/DR4C_Showcase_2019_Catalogue_digital_LRes.pdf


 

Book Design and Nature: A Partnership 2019

 

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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

https://www.routledge.com/Design-and-Nature-A-Partnership/Fletcher-Pierre-Tham/p/book/9780815362746

Plastics with the Living Voice 2019

Goldsmiths Postgraduate Research Conference 2019 ‘Futures of the Real’

Plastics with the Living Voice

 

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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).

 

SailBritain 2018

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.

 

Plasticized 2017

This event was conceived as a forum to facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the social and environmental issues that surround plastic.

Panel 4: Packaging, LCA’s, and Design

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNmOtKrabY4&t=98s

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

https://fauxdrapeaux.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/workshop-with-the-sea-and-pollution-design-transposal-visualising-through-the-gyre/

 

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.