Public Lecture: Curious Things for Curious People
A Lecture with Bill Gaver, Monday 21 July 2014
As an approach to research, Design works a bit like a particle-beam accelerator, throwing off flashes and fragments from the collisions between people and artefacts
RMIT Design Hub (Bldg 100), Lecture Theatre (level 3), cnr Swanston & Victoria St, Carlton
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Design Research Institute or 9925 8310.
Rather than designing to be congruent with peoples’ ways of living, it can be illuminating for designs to confuse, reflect or divert them. This is not a matter of aggression or superiority: when done in a spirit of playful curiosity, the result can be revealing and engaging for all concerned. In this talk, Bill will describe how his studio has pursued research through design in a number of projects, ranging from a device that tracks passing air-craft, to an appliance that serves as a resource for prayer, to a system that connects distributed energy communities with a stream of energy-obsessed babble. Bill will give a sense of the trajectory characterising a programme of research extending over fifteen years.
Bill Gaver is Professor of Design and leads the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths, University of London. He pursues research on design-led methodologies and innovative technologies for everyday life in a studio that brings the skills of designers together with expertise in ubiquitous computing and sociology. Bill has developed approaches to design ranging from Cultural Probes to the use of documentary film to help assess peoples’ experience with designs, pursued conceptual work on topics such as ambiguity and interpretation, and produced highly-finished prototypes that have been deployed for long-term field trials and exhibited internationally at venues such as the V&A Museum, Tate Britain, and New York’s MOMA.