The podcast that explores design as planetary praxis. In each episode Michaela Büsse speaks to artists, filmmakers, designer, architects or researchers whose practice explores entanglements between society, technology and environment. Together they discuss how histories, geographies and politics shape practices and how, in return, these practices shape our being in the world.
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Lead: Michaela Büsse
Critical Media Lab/Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures
Design: Offshore Studio
While design anthropology has been widely applied to improve the outcome of design processes, how to describe the economic, political, social, and material forces which delineate these processes? Several scholars have called for a critical study of design, which reflects on (a) the constructedness of design methods, (b) the context they exist within, and (c) the relationships they articulate. Drawing on this line of thinking, the aim of my intervention is to inquire how to understand, describe and intervene in planetary design processes. How can, for example, the often-totalising perspective of architectural drawings be infused with the situated knowledges of ethnographic fieldwork? How can anthropological filmmaking be fused with approaches from speculative design?
In each podcast episode I speak to practitioners whose work explores entanglements between society, technology and environment. Together we discuss how histories, geographies and politics shape practices and how, in return, these practices shape our being in the world.
The podcast series is sought to foster interdisciplinary exchange and help identify interesting future directions for the extended field of design.
- #1 In this episode Cosmogrammatics editor Michaela Büsse and filmmaker Misho Antadze discuss his latest work "The Harvest" (2018. Initially conceived as a project to explore the gold rush of cryptocurrency mining in the rural region of Kakheti in Georgia, The Harvest is an exploration of the relationship between nature, technology, and the changing landscape.
- #2 In this episode Cosmogrammatics editor Michaela Büsse and philosopher Lukáš Likavčan discuss the reasons and implications behind the emergence of the concept of planetarity. In his 2019 book "Introduction to Comparative Planetology" Lukáš reviews different images of the Earth and their relations to design practice.
- #3 In this episode Cosmogrammatics editor Michaela Büsse meets artist Polina Medvedeva in order to discuss her unique approach to filmmaking. Polina's interest in informal economies led her to develop an equally informal yet anthropologically informed style.
- #4 In this episode Cosmogrammatics editor Michaela Büsse talks to researcher and filmmaker Solveig Qu Suess. Solveig is interested in the politics of infrastructures and spatial configurations of power. She is also one half of Geocinema, a collective practice that uses cinema as a method to investigate the aesthetics of geopolitical systems.