Designing objectiles as diagrams for movement
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Embargo end date29/11/2022
This practice-based research investigates objectiles as diagrams for movement and emphasises the importance of designing for the ongoing processual and affective encounters between artefacts and bodies rather than addressing them as static givens of a designing process. This thesis follows both processual and speculative lines of thought. Accordingly, it is inherently concerned with the emergence of the new and it aims to enquire into this through its material practice: designing objectiles as diagrams. The material practice embraces a shift from the object to the objectile as material artefacts that are not yet concretised as objects and which are in constant dialogue with the emergence of the new. The aim of following a processual trajectory is to shift the focus from designing within the already given systems to designing speculatively with the unknown, the unexpected and the potential. The concept of the diagram becomes central to the processual and speculative pursuit in design because of its capacity to call forth an emergence of the new. Although the diagram is discussed widely in relation to architecture and painting, it is not examined in depth with regard to designing objects. Therefore, its capacities in this sense are mostly unknown. Thus, designing objectiles as diagrams for movement aims to develop a diagram that is specific to design as a generative and speculative device. In addition, as movement is the primary condition through which the object-body interactions take place, objectiles as diagrams and interactions with objectiles are investigated with respect to emergent movement qualities. These movement qualities are investigated via the dancers’ interactions with the objectiles and discussed in conjunction with the speculative approaches to object interactions and use.