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Laurin, T., Jönsson, L., Lilja, P., Lindström, K., Sandelin, E. & Ståhl, Å. (2022). An Emerging Posthumanist Design Landscape. In: Stefan Herbrechter, Ivan Callus, Manuela Rossini, Marija Grech, Megen de Bruin-Molé, Christopher John Müller (Ed.), Palgrave Handbook of Critical Posthumanism: . Cham: Palgrave Macmillan
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2022 (English)In: Palgrave Handbook of Critical Posthumanism / [ed] Stefan Herbrechter, Ivan Callus, Manuela Rossini, Marija Grech, Megen de Bruin-Molé, Christopher John Müller, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A designer is somebody who points, who designates, and gives directions. Design thereby has a direction into the future. What directions are designers pointing out if design is coupled with posthumanism? Posthumanism has come into being in a landscape of both ideas and design. That which has previously been designed and produced is coming back and it can help us point out harmful inequalities if we sharpen our observational tools and concepts.

“An Emerging Posthumanist Design Landscape” is an overflowing designated area for examples and thinking on compositions of design and critical posthumanism. It is a landscape in the making, yet scarred by previous design cultures and histories. As design researchers operating out of Scandinavian academia, we invite readers/travelers to meander through an emerging hybrid landscape and to make a few selected stops at the sites of our own recent design interventions. We articulate concepts, frictions, and opportunities sprouted in a sprawling and increasingly populated landscape of design and posthumanism. Posthumanist thinking questions and recharges fundamental design concepts and methods/approaches, e.g.: Who are the actors of posthumanist design? Where does it take place? What do we design? What materials do we use? How do we work? When does design take place? Why are compositions of design and critical posthumanism important undertakings? The responses to these questions sketch trajectories for further travels and the co-creation of an emerging posthumanist design landscape.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022
Keywords
Design, Posthumanism, Posthumanist design, More-than-human
National Category
Design
Research subject
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-8771 (URN)10.1007/978-3-030-42681-1_42-1 (DOI)978-3-030-42681-1 (ISBN)978-3-030-42681-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-11-30 Created: 2022-11-30 Last updated: 2022-12-13Bibliographically approved
Lilja, P. (2022). Attentive walking: Encountering mineralness. In: : . Paper presented at Temporalities of Urban Natures: imaginaries, narratives, and practices, Malmö, Sweden, 28-29 October 2022.
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2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This presentation shares my insights gathered from a series of curated mineral walks in a disused limestone quarry in Limhamn, Malmö, near the coast of the southwestern edge of Sweden. As a trained industrial designer and PhD candidate within design, my entry point is to explore human-mineral relations from designerly and curatorial approaches. In my work I am drawing from a theoretical framework of feminism new materialism and critical posthumanism, in order to critically and creatively examine the role of the designer and the connections between design and global extractivism. In the disused limestone quarry, walking has become a method for situated knowledge production emerging from the mineral encounters in this transformational site itself, like the sediment layered walls which expose not only the boundary between geological periods but also evokes philosophical conversations about the boundaries between life and non-life. Contrary to the regular guided tours at this site (from the perspectives of geology, biology and industrial history), the mineral walk starts from the hypothesis that minerals are not lifeless. My insights suggest that, when not merely considered as ‘resources’ or ‘threats’, to humans, then walking and thinking with rocks, stones and minerals as vital (Bennett 2010), has a potential to extend our ethical and political response (Springgay et. al., 2017). Walking as a method puts focus on human-nature entanglements, with the aim to establish that nature is not a mere background as ecofeminist Val Plumwood put it (1993) or located somewhere out there, but always the very substance of ourselves, what Stacy Alaimo calls the transcorporeal (2010). The walk and this presentation, explores this common ground, “the petric in the human and the anthropomorphic in the stone” (Cohen, 2015), because as Fausto- Sterling puts it, “culture can shape bones” and “bone-structure can shape cultures” (Åsberg et. al., 2011). 

Keywords
feminism new materialism, critical posthumanism, design, walking methodology
National Category
Humanities and the Arts Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-8772 (URN)
Conference
Temporalities of Urban Natures: imaginaries, narratives, and practices, Malmö, Sweden, 28-29 October 2022
Available from: 2022-11-30 Created: 2022-11-30 Last updated: 2022-12-01Bibliographically approved
Lilja, P. (2022). Attentive Walking: Encountering Mineralness. In: Daniel Svensson; Katarina Saltzman; Sverker Sörlin (Ed.), Pathways: Exploring the Routes of a Movement Heritage (pp. 201-218). Winwick, Cambridgeshire, UK: White Horse Press
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2022 (English)In: Pathways: Exploring the Routes of a Movement Heritage / [ed] Daniel Svensson; Katarina Saltzman; Sverker Sörlin, Winwick, Cambridgeshire, UK: White Horse Press, 2022, p. 201-218Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Winwick, Cambridgeshire, UK: White Horse Press, 2022
National Category
History General Literature Studies
Research subject
Design; Humaniora
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-8768 (URN)10.3197/63787710662654.book (DOI)978-1-912186-55-6 (ISBN)978-1-912186-60-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-11-30 Created: 2022-11-30 Last updated: 2022-12-01Bibliographically approved
Lilja, P. & Reisinger, K. (2021). sensing interdependency, experiencing embeddedness, extending the frame while zooming in. In: Michelle Christensen, Florian Conradi, Morten Søndergaard, Laura Beloff, Hassan Choubassi (Ed.), Proceedings of Politics of the Machines - Rogue Research 2021 (POM 2021): . Paper presented at POM Berlin Politics of the Machines Rogue Research, September 14-17, 2021 (pp. 77-83). Swindon, UK: ScienceOpen, Inc.
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2021 (English)In: Proceedings of Politics of the Machines - Rogue Research 2021 (POM 2021) / [ed] Michelle Christensen, Florian Conradi, Morten Søndergaard, Laura Beloff, Hassan Choubassi, Swindon, UK: ScienceOpen, Inc. , 2021, p. 77-83Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This text is a dialogic conjunction of working practices developed in and around specific quarries, with Karin Reisinger tracing the material and life-worlds of iron ore in Malmberget and Petra Lilja the limestone in Limhamn, both in Sweden. We walk and think with humans and non-humans such as rocks, stones and minerals through our respective practices and pedagogies of design and architecture. Our practices take place in and around quarries, extractive sites of mining. We come in after the machines, when it is time to think about how to move forwards, to deal with the losses, to repair and care and to find strategies of surviving and coming together in educational situations. Dealing with the large-scale spatial changes, we are deeply aware that we are participating in massive earthly and material movements. With this paper we also share connections between theory and practice, based on a feminist–materialist framework. These connections lead us to the various applied practices of sensing interdependency, experiencing embeddedness and extending the frame while zooming in and to its epistemological reverberations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Swindon, UK: ScienceOpen, Inc., 2021
Series
Electronic Workshops in Computing
Keywords
Minerals, Extractivism, Quarries, mining, Feminist new materialisms, Architecture, Design, Pedagogy
National Category
Social Sciences Design Architecture
Research subject
Design; Arts
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-8274 (URN)10.14236/ewic/POM2021.10 (DOI)978-1-78017-598-0 (ISBN)
Conference
POM Berlin Politics of the Machines Rogue Research, September 14-17, 2021
Available from: 2022-11-30 Created: 2022-11-30 Last updated: 2022-12-01Bibliographically approved
Lilja, P. (2021). Tracing matters of scale by walking with minerals. In: Nordes 2021: Matters of Scale. Paper presented at The 9th Nordes Design Research conference, 15-18 August 2021, Kolding, Denmark (online) (pp. 390-400). Kolding, 9
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2021 (English)In: Nordes 2021: Matters of Scale, Kolding, 2021, Vol. 9, p. 390-400Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

All practices of design are dependent on materials and an anthropocentric way of thinking matter as mere resource, dominates. This paper attempts to counteract that mode of thinking about matter, by walking and thinking with stones, minerals and fossils, rendering matter as vibrant, arguing that a multi-scalar type of thinking is required to understand the complex issues and effects of the so-called Anthropocene. The Mineral Walk is presented as a cartographic mapping of encounters and spatio-temporal scales of a disused limestone quarry. Its sedimented walls serve as an explanatory tool that challenges linear, humancentric timescales and boundaries between human/nature, mind/ body, life/ death, past/ future; dualisms that permeates academic disciplines as well as design practices. Through the concepts introduced, this paper contributes to a formulation of a practical and theoretical framework for thinking matter otherwise. It opens up for a more entangled understanding of, and care for, human-matter relations.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kolding: , 2021
Series
Nordes Digital Archive, ISSN 1604-9705 ; 9
Keywords
design, posthumanism, new materialism, philosophy, walking methodology
National Category
Design
Research subject
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-8272 (URN)
Conference
The 9th Nordes Design Research conference, 15-18 August 2021, Kolding, Denmark (online)
Available from: 2021-12-06 Created: 2021-12-06 Last updated: 2022-03-14Bibliographically approved
Lilja, P. (2021). Walking with minerals. In: STREAMS - Transformative Environmental Humanities: . Paper presented at STREAMS - Transformative Environmental Humanities: MORE-THAN-HUMAN ARTS AND MULTISPECIES FUTURES, 3-6 August, 2021 KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2021 (English)In: STREAMS - Transformative Environmental Humanities, 2021Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

Through moving images and an audible collage of texts, this presentation will unearth learnings from a disused limestone quarry in the south of Sweden. The mineral walks undertaken here, curated and guided by two designers and researchers, are situated and materially immersed explorations of our relations to more-than-human entities like rocks, stones and minerals, asking: How do the ways in which we think matter, material and time, predetermine, limit, or enable the way we then construct our relations to place, to objects as well as communities of human and nonhuman earth others? Without the driving beat of progression in this post-industrial site, we reorienting our attention to more-than-human world-makings, through walking in silence, noticing the fossilized strata as transformations from living organisms to geological sedimented rock over deep timescales, trying to grasp the vibrancy inherent in the mineral.

National Category
Design
Research subject
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-8275 (URN)
Conference
STREAMS - Transformative Environmental Humanities: MORE-THAN-HUMAN ARTS AND MULTISPECIES FUTURES, 3-6 August, 2021 KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Available from: 2021-12-06 Created: 2021-12-06 Last updated: 2022-01-11Bibliographically approved
Lilja, P. (2020). Curating Post-Anthropocentric Speculations. In: Konstfack Research Week 2020: . Paper presented at Konstfack Research Week 2020, 27–31 January (pp. 9-9). Stockholm: Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Curating Post-Anthropocentric Speculations
2020 (English)In: Konstfack Research Week 2020, Stockholm: Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design , 2020, p. 9-9Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, 2020
National Category
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-7610 (URN)
Conference
Konstfack Research Week 2020, 27–31 January
Available from: 2020-12-18 Created: 2020-12-18 Last updated: 2020-12-18Bibliographically approved
Lilja, P. (2020). Mineral Meditation Walks. In: : . Paper presented at Symposium on artistic research 2020 – Working Together, the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), 25-26th of November 2020..
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2020 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic) [Artistic work]
National Category
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-7625 (URN)
Conference
Symposium on artistic research 2020 – Working Together, the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet), 25-26th of November 2020.
Available from: 2020-12-18 Created: 2020-12-18 Last updated: 2020-12-18Bibliographically approved
Lilja, P. (2019). Cultivating caring coexistence: Designing post-anthropocentric futures. In: Konstfack Research Week: 28 Jan. - 1 Feb. 2019. Paper presented at Konstfack Research Week, Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm, Sweden, 28 Jan. - 1 Feb. 2019 (pp. 8-8). Stockholm: Konstfack
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2019 (English)In: Konstfack Research Week: 28 Jan. - 1 Feb. 2019, Stockholm: Konstfack , 2019, p. 8-8Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This research project explores the connections and controversies between human-centeredness in design and ultimately human survival on Earth. Drawing from posthuman theory in combination with metadesign and speculative design tools, Petra Lilja will ideate ways that the designer can engage with and acknowledge other-than-human actors to equalize current hierarchies and promote more caring coexistence.

The paradigm of human exceptionality has set in motion a machinery of global effects of which design, by adding to mass-production and consumption, can be argued to be a principal cog. As one response to environmental decay and increasing material scarcity on Earth, scientists and the space industry are investing in the potential of asteroid mining, planetary engineering and in-space manufacturing to meet the demands of our growing population. Designers are now challenged by these entangled environmental and technological changes to focus on complex socio-technical systems, not only on global but at multiplanetary scale.

By juxtaposing the need to acknowledge mankind’s dependency on other species with the extreme conditions for humans on Mars, this project initially seeks to critically explore what a speculative Martian future can teach us regarding how to cultivate caring coexistence between species. What stories of circularity can humans as “consumers” learn from “producing” organisms in order to add to instead of just take from the ecological system? This research project will explore multispecies-inclusive narratives with the aim to find designerly strategies and processes for engaging and empowering scales of actors and knowledges otherwise unaddressed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Konstfack, 2019
National Category
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-6680 (URN)978-91-85549-42-9 (ISBN)
Conference
Konstfack Research Week, Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm, Sweden, 28 Jan. - 1 Feb. 2019
Available from: 2019-02-26 Created: 2019-02-26 Last updated: 2021-09-29Bibliographically approved
Lilja, P. (2019). Design for the Age of Species: Exploring ways for designers to care for multispecies coexistence. In: Proceedings of the 8th Bi-Annual Nordic Design Research Society Conference - Who Cares?: . Paper presented at NORDES Nordic Design Conference 2019. Nordes – Nordic Design Research, 8
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Design for the Age of Species: Exploring ways for designers to care for multispecies coexistence
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of the 8th Bi-Annual Nordic Design Research Society Conference - Who Cares?, Nordes – Nordic Design Research , 2019, Vol. 8Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents the project The Age of Species (TAS) and the ‘multispecies approach’ addressing the who in care with the aim to disrupt human-centeredness and open up for reconfigurations of design practices to better engage with troubled presents where a myriad of other species is overlooked and becoming extinct. TAS invites designers and scientists to speculate of and design for anthropo-de-centric futures by thinking through care and coexistence. By describing and reflecting on the experiences of an initial workshop and its outcomes as well as anchoring it with theories within feminist posthumanism, the aim is to explore and define the notion of a multispecies approach. The purpose is to raise questions to be developed in the continuation of the project TAS and share insights that may contribute to a wider discourse of human de-centering design.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordes – Nordic Design Research, 2019
Series
Nordic Design Conference, ISSN 1604-9705 ; 8
Keywords
design, multispecies
National Category
Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:konstfack:diva-6999 (URN)
Conference
NORDES Nordic Design Conference 2019
Available from: 2019-10-24 Created: 2019-10-24 Last updated: 2020-03-30Bibliographically approved
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