Michaela Büsse

Michaela Büsse

Towards xeno-design cultures


The aim of the practice-led research is to investigate means and methods for a more-than- human-centred design approach, preliminary referred to as “xeno-design”. Xeno-design, hereby, can be understood as such media-design-interactions that arouse a cognitive bias within the beholder and lead to a renewed understanding of ourselves, our environment and collective horizons.
Within an 3-step iterative process experiments in mainly interactive and immersive media will be performed in order to explore possible ways to subvert the limitations of an only human-focussed thinking and making. Theory reflection and design production go hand-in- hand with each experimental phase adding to the one before and eventually leading to an installation-like setup and the development of a practice-theory. Current trends within the design discipline deal with today’s complex and often invisible entanglements by investigating the social and transformative aspects of design practices, but they do so by focussing very much on the human as the subject of the inquiry. Due to ongoing ecological, technological and geopolitical changes new means and practices of knowing are needed which exceed existing frameworks. The PhD research argues, that design, due to its synthesising, transformative and mediative qualities, can reflect this shift.

Michaela Büsse, «Towards xeno-design cultures»

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