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EMPAC Video Archive 2008–2018

Susan Kozel: When Performance and Philosophy Become Design Materials

March 29, 2017

Can we re-enact the experiences and histories of others? Are there ethical implications when affect becomes a design material? Can the performative methods currently used in human-computer interaction (HCI) design be refined and expanded using dance improvisation?

These divergent questions are starting points for this talk about body-based approaches to design and HCI. Phenomenology and digital media scholar Susan Kozel will offer a somatic counterpoint to the material turn in performance and design. Kozel’s method is informed by the Scandinavian design context and draws from a range of somatic and improvisatory practices that feed into movement and dance improvisation. This talk emphasizes the applied qualities of performativity and phenomenology, exploring the potential for practical and material performances of bodies, memories, and data. Kozel’s personal research opens out various strands from the Living Archives research project at Malmö University in Sweden.