My research and practice fall at the intersection of Design Research and Sound Studies. I’m deeply interested in investigating the social, economical and political agendas of our everyday relationships with listening, as mediated through designed artifacts. I explore these issues mostly through developing objects, performances and sometimes even workshops. As a design researcher dealing with relationships between people and technology in a broader level, I also investigate near-future scenarios and emergent systems.
How may Speculative Design help prepare ourselves for a State of Exception?
Design in Times of Crisis is a work-in-progress reflection for a scenario of the everyday present and near future. It is also a series of short-term block seminars (TBA). This always-in-progress project is intended to be the scenario within which the small projects related to my research topic will be contained. We are currently collecting references for it on a Tumblr Blog.
“The Shape…” is my Master Thesis work, presented in May 2012 at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Here I discuss the alleged “equalization” of live and recorded musical experiences through technology. I have developed a series of objects as “diegetic prototypes” based on real experiences of concertgoers, as objects for a possible “performance hacking”.
“Performance for One” is a piece that falls in between the fields of performance art and live concert. It allows for different layers of interpretation: one being the musical piece itself, played by the performer – exploring grainy textures instead of defined melodies, drones and slowly-evolving patterns towards a bliss-like experience, as well as playing with the aesthetics of so-called “extreme music” – and the other being the situation which the performance yields – the space between performer and listener is constantly challenged from the moment the performance becomes exclusive and intimate.
The recent changes in the overall world’s climate can be game-changing for populations near the shore. Land becomes sea that becomes land; cities will be completely covered by the sea several times a day, and daily life would be dictated by the tides.
With tides flooding the entire city, the sea becomes then an extremely important source of food. This scenario makes the overfishing situation even worse. Within months, the fish population would diminish dramatically, causing shifts in the delicate balance of the marine ecosystem. Some animal species are greatly favored by this new situation, while others almost disappear. Since the tides will deeply affect the commercial viability of vegetable crops and meat production, lack of food starts to become a prominent problem. Slowly, local solutions to these new problems will appear. People will adapt their diets, tastes and daily eating routines.
“Three Dresses” was created with Luiza P. as a contribution to the Transposing an Opera project, developed at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany, based on Theater Bremen and director Andrea Moses’s rendition of “Don Giovanni”.
Based on personal observations of the opera’s storyline, where the dual and contradictory nature of relationships plays a central role, the idea for this project was developed as a reflection on these relationships and their cultural and social context.