The Matter Seminar

Posted on March 2018


The Matter Seminar, 4. June. 2018, Suomenlinna, Helsinki

Call for Participation

Recent endeavours have brought researchers and thinkers into questioning the propagated human-centredness in design in order to articulate new perspectives, knowledges and questions.

Decentralizing the attention from the human actions, these approaches distribute the agency among other participating entities in order to better understand the field and its practices.

As Empirica Research Group from Department of Design in Aalto ARTS, we would like to invite researchers to the Matter Seminar to discuss the concepts of materiality and agency within arts, crafts and design research. The one-day long seminar will begin with open lectures and continue with a group discussion with selected participants. The seminar will offer a space to share and understand different approaches, methodologies and conceptualizations.

To participate in the discussion please send your one-paragraph that briefly summarizes your research approach to Applicants will be selected based on the relevance of their research to the call and invited to the discussion. Participation is free of charge, but registration must be done via e-mail.


Preliminary programme: 

9.30                      Opening

9.45-10.30            Open Lecture: working with non-humans

                             Christena Nippert-Eng from Indiana University Bloomington,

                             Break for 15 min.

10.45-11.30          Open Lecture: working with non-humans in design

                             Nithikul Nimkulrat from Estonian Academy of Arts

11.30-12.30          LUNCH

12.30-13.30          Discussion participants introduce themselves – max 5 min for each participant

13.30-14.45          Discussion

                             Break for 15 min.

 15.00-16.00         Discussion: drawing the landscape: approaches, methodologies, people,

16.00-16.30          Closing remarks: What’s next? How to sustain the community? How to collaborate?

Location: HIAP Suomenlinna, B 28/2, 00190


Key dates:

28.March – call for participation

30.April – deadline for submissions

15.May – announcement of the accepted participants

25.May – announcement of the programme

4.June – the seminar