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Performative Experiments

01 | 2015 – ongoing

I am doing research on performative methods for design. 

What happens when designers act users or involve others to act? I am looking at methods like ›Puppet Theatre‹, ›Bodystorming‹, ›Simulation‹, ›Re-Enactment‹ or ›Multistakeholder Scenario‹. My special interest lies in methods when designers step into the role of non-living artifacts.

Instead of looking for methods that solve problems, I am in the first place interested in experimental techniques that visualize problems and processes. 

I assume that performative methods in design research are able to make complex problems transparent. This entails for example, conflicts concerning the ecological crisis or invisible correlations in technological environments. 

Pictures: 

Raquel Benmergui

Workshop at the international seminar ›Theatre in Design‹.

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