Co-developed with Jennifer Bain for the Design Education MA at Goldsmiths University, this practice-oriented module focused on exploring 21st century design and design learning. The module engaged students in considering how objects teach us particular ways of being – and how social behaviours, bodies and skills are increasingly being influenced by the growing agency of digital design. Drawing on the approaches of Actor Network Theory and the fields of material culture, ontological design and critical pedagogy, the module asked students to conduct object analyses, map connections between their objects, networks and people, and – through storyboarding – reflect on the intended and unintended outcomes of a range of real/observed and speculative/imaginary (rapid-prototyped) object interactions. Through these activities, students were encouraged to critically reflect on and develop their pedagogic practice for shaping design learning. Seminars and workshops were held at both Goldsmiths University and the Design Museum, London.
Photography by Jennifer Bain and Lili Golmohammadi.