Graduation blog

This blog describes the graduation project of Jet Gispen. The goal is to investigate how design can bridge the gap between science and society. With a research through design approach speculative design artefacts will be created to research ethical dilemma's of emerging technologies. By discussing  these artefacts both with experts and laypeople a framework for 'ethics through design' will be developed.

How artefacts provide 'scripts' for human behaviour

In the book of Peter-Paul Verbeek I encountered references to the work of Bruno Latour in which he describes the way technology or artefacts in general impact human behaviour. He mentions how artefacts provide 'scripts' for how people should behave; physically, socially and even morally.

I find this notion very inspiring and it immediately reminded me of a project I saw at the Dutch Design Week last year. The project was called 'Domestic Theater' by Fiona du Mesnildot (link: http://fionadumesnildot.com/site/index.php?/project/domestic-theatre/). Fiona's description of her project: "Based on researches and analysis comparing the society to a theatre stage, this project is the first Act of a design methodology based on theatrical tools. As social designer I thus became scriptwriter and stage director. From the perspective of design as an attitude, an awareness machine and a critical and political tool, I aimed to combine it with the historically critical function of theatre; to re-script, re-stage and re-act the spectacle of our everyday in a disruptive way. Directly inspired from Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll’s house” and Perec’s critical essays on the ordinary the Domestic Theatre aims to question the relationship between the self and the domestic space."

For my own graduation project it might also be interesting to compare design to theater, with technology as props, people as actors and designers as directors. I will definitely keep this in mind.

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