Guest lecture by Mette Agger Eriksen

On Monday January 16th, we invite you to a very special guest lecture within Designing for Services course. Mette Agger Eriksen from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts will share her insights about how material matters in (Service) co-designing.

  • When: Monday, January 16th, 2017, at 13–16
  • Where: Arabia Campus, room 822

DesignForServicesIn the lecture Mette Agger will lay out her understanding of material matters in the practices and processes of (co)designing, for example for services. For example rather than focusing on applying certain methods, she suggests paying attention to the socio-material situated practices and the different roles that material actors can play. Materiality is broadly understood as ‘material assemblages’ that assist in setting the scene for co-designing for example at workshops or co-design events. Examples will include situations with Design Games but also other ways of collaboration for discussing roles of post-its, agendas, prototypes, mappings, etc.

Towards the end, the lecture will also include examples from some of the more recent research that Mette has engaged in around new ways of collaboration for sustainable urban development including the organizing of long-term mutual learning “co-lab” processes.

Additionally, the lecture will include a smaller reflective exercise — aimed to materialize the talking!

Mette Agger Eriksen recently started as an Associate Professor in (Co)Design methodology, Design thinking & Sustainability at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation in Denmark. Here she mainly teaches on the further education programs: Master in Design and Diploma of Design Management.

Prior to this she has been a researcher and teacher at K3, Malmö University in Sweden since 2003. She holds a PhD in Interaction design on Material Matters in CoDesigning from Malmö University. Teaching wise, here she was amongst others one of the drivers of establishing service design and further developing CoDesign as core areas of teaching within Interaction Design programs. She has a background as an architect specialized in industrial and user-centered communication design.

During her recent research in Malmö she especially collaborated long-term with civil servants with main focus on new ways of design-oriented cross-sector collaborations and participation as parts of urban labs and sustainable urban development. She has also contributed to the understanding of experiments and programs in design research, and has been engaging in and co-organizing many large European cross-disciplinary participatory and action research projects. Overall, following her PhD focus, she continues to pay close attention to the complex materialities of the practices she engages in.

Recent publications related to the lecture e.g.:

  • Material Matters in CoDesigning / PhD thesis (2012)
  • Eriksen, M.A.; Brandt, E.; Mattelmäki, T. and Vaajakallio, K. (2014). Taking Design Games Seriously: Re- connecting Situated Power Relations of People and Materials. In PDC’14: Proceedings of the 13 Participatory Design Conference: Research Papers Vol. 1, p. 101-110.
  • Seravalli, Anna & Eriksen, Mette Agger (forthcoming) Chapter 17: Beyond collaborative services: Service Design for sharing and collaboration as a matter of commons and infrastructuring. In Sangiorgi, Daniela & Prendiville, Alison (eds.) Designing for service. Key Issues and New Directions. Bloomsbury. (Expected for publication in the Spring 2017).

Following from 15:00 – 16:00, Service designer Nuria Solsona from Live|Work will present on Co-creating in services.