SSIRG Speaker Series: Sara Dean

From Form To Platform: Designing For Connectivity
Featuring: Sara Dean

Friday, March 8, 2013
1:30pm - 3:00pm
NWQB 3511

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Sara Dean, MSDR
College for Creative Studies in Detroit and
Institute of Improbable Mechanics

“From now on, there will be only versions.” – Grahame Weinbren
Connective technology has a constant presence in our daily lives and activities. But, beyond its ubiquitous accessibility, it has created a deeper digital inundation: these interactions have changed even our most analog cultural experiences, our understanding of place, and our sense of self. This coded, variable, and connected understanding of even non-digital objects, events, and interactions also suggests new tools. These tools emphasize multiplicity, iteration, anonymity, collection, and remixing. They call into question long standing connections between cultural value and durability, singularity, authorship and permanence.

This talk will consider these new tools of design through a discussion of a recent interactive work – Anecdoted City – created by the collective 1/X as a crowd-sourced exhibition platform and real-time collection of Detroit. This project examines the gallery as an interactive platform, focusing on the systems of engagement rather than a conclusive form. In fact, by design, the show opened with no objects; it grew and evolved over the course of the exhibition through a collaboration with the people of Detroit. Materially, Anecdoted City is diligently, purposefully crafted and comprised of physical objects and physical labor; methodologically, it trades on new mentalities of real-time rates, collective authorship and open-source knowledge.

Biography: Sara Dean is a designer, researcher, and adjunct faculty at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She is a founding member of 1/X, a collective investigating archival process and collection collaborations through new design structures. She is also a founder and co-director of the Institute of Improbable Poromechanics and MTLO studio, two design research practices which explore leakage, contagion, and contamination as productive design methods. Her current research examines the implications of emerging digital methodologies on the design disciplines and physical spaces of undefined urbanism. Prior to her work at CCS, Sara completed her Master of Science in Design Research, as well as her Master of Architecture, in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.

This event is sponsored by the School of Information Studies, Social Studies of Information Research Group (SSIRG)

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