Thematic Opening Sessions

The Wednesday program includes talks on sustainable city planning, eating, and innovation in relation to the theme Design and Displacement. Speakers:
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Laura Watts
IT University of Copenhagen
Lucy Suchman
Lancaster University
Pelle Ehn
MEDEA, Malmö University
The Design Mailboat
Laura Watts with Pelle Ehn and Lucy Suchman
Wednesday, 2:00-3:00 pm Messages in a bottle, messages caught in bits of undersea light. Mailboats are message-sized vessels designed to carry words on the tide from one beach to another, to send questions and receive floating replies. The Design Mailboat is one such word-bearing ship. We have been sending it back and forth between three coasts with a passion for design and its futures. The Design Mailboat has floated from the Orkney Islands off the north east coast of Scotland, through the Øresund south of Copenhagen between Denmark and Sweden, to the Silicon Valley on the west coast of the United States. Silicon Valley is the mythic origin for the design of the mouse, the graphical user interface, the big green button on the photocopier. Copenhagen is a mythic centre of Scandinavian Design, origins of ‘the white style,’ legendary designers and beautiful functional objects, but maybe also the Thing and its agonistic collectives. Orkney Islands are a mythic origin for wave and tidal renewable energy, and for the design of monumental stone circles, built over five thousand years ago. We have been asking each other what ‘design’ is in these places on opposite sides of the planet, from our various locations as the Future Archaeologist, the Collective Designer and the Anthropologist of Technoscience. In this presentation we share our mailboat messages with you, and send off one final Design Mailboat from the shores of Copenhagen.
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Rune boserup
Anders Blok
University of Copenhagen
Rune Boserup
COBE Architechts, Copenhagen
Designing/Displacing a future Copenhagen
Anders Blok with Rune Boserup
Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 pm Today more than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, which means that cities use 70% of the world’s resources and are responsible for 80% of the CO2 emissions. The modernist and industrialist city is no longer sustainable nor a desirable model for future cities. Worldwide, sustainable cities are being imagined and made. But what shape will those sustainable cities take? What will be different? Which natures will move into the city? What will city life look like in the future? With an ambitious city development project in the old, industrial North Habour, Copenhagen aims at becoming a forerunner leading the way for sustainable city development. Sociologist Anders Blok will engage in a dialogue with Rune Boserup from COBE architects, the designers of the new North Harbour, on how future, sustainable cities will take form, and the diverse challenges that are involved. The North Harbour project will also be visually presented at the exhibition space.
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Annemarie Mol

University of Amsterdam
Textures and tastes
The future of Science & Technology Studies
Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 pm New Nordic food. A clever invention it is, that links up vital needs with markets and health with household labour, while moving cuisine across the globe. An excellent case for a talk about the issues that present day Science & Technology Studies would do well to address. Such as: where are we with questions about the ways in which ‘science’ helps to govern society – now that the sciences are being paid to assure profits for local industries? What about the various technologies that subjects (of knowledge, of the state) are encouraged to mobilise, so as to save, if not the world, then at least their own bodies? How to put to work notions such as ‘multiplicity’ and ‘becoming’ in contentious, inescapable, global arenas? And where to go, amidst all this turbulence, with the study of mundane cases – such as that of food and its textures, and eaters and their tastes, not in general, of course, but in specific, situated practices?

Last updated by: Kristine Olsen 28/09/2012