About, With and Becoming: Designing Socio-Technical Futures around Labor, Fashion and the Body
Building on intersections between science and technology studies and design, this presentation explores several modes of theorizing making and making theory through the creation of and engagement with socio-technical artifacts. The first mode, about technology, discusses participatory and speculative practices related to a workshop on the future of work. The second mode, with technology, engages in digital design and fabrication from a project on computational fashion. The third mode, becoming technology, uses autobiographical design to reflect on disability and medical devices from the perspective of feminist (un)hacking. This presentation reflects on the aesthetics and cosmopolitics of these varied design practices as ways of inquiring about the world, building knowledge and prototyping alternative possible futures that embed values, ethics and responsibilities. These accounts serve to reconfigure traditional understandings of human-centered design and human-computer interaction towards practices that open up spaces for a deeper consideration of the importance of the role of the non-human in emergent design practices.