Participatory Street-up Innovation

This year, what is left of it, my aim will be to take the first step for a long-term project on the transformative potential of ‘participatory street-up innovation’.(Remember ‘Street-Up Innovation’?; the innovative ways people are adapting the use of a product to their needs and way of working.)

I added the term ‘participatory’ to street-up innovation because when people start to share their experiences with products these stories would show (part of) the material circumstances of an individual. Sharing a personal experience will show alternatives to deal with material circumstances. And although the line between a personal issue with products and a public issue may be subjective, when a large enough sector of society is affected by an issue, it becomes a public issue. In this way people could become aware of new material (and social?) circumstances and its alternatives ways of dealing with it. At least that’s my hypothesis on participatory street-up innovation.

There are two elements that fascinate me in the concept of participatory street-up innovation; first whether an individual story, about a personal experience with products in this case, possesses a trans-formative potential from an individual story to the public sphere and second whether an alternative way of dealing with products constitutes a social issue? If a trans-formative potential in street-up innovation, that allows an individual story to become a social issue, exists can artists and designers use this trans-formative potential to co-create long-term, committed work of thought carried out by the public?

Next: What are material circumstances, what is the relation between material circumstances and the use of products and why is dealing with material circumstances important?

Karin – Filterdesign & University of Applied Science Amsterdam

I Hear You Afghanistan

Another project in which people tell their stories. This time in Afghanistan. “In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) is an installation comprised of a touring, portable, inflatable ‘Truth Booth’ that was launched in 2011 at the Galway Arts Festival (IRL). The exterior is iconically shaped like a giant cartoon speech bubble with the word ‘TRUTH’ boldly printed on the side. The interior acts much like a photo booth, but serves to compile 2 minute long video responses from the public. Once seated inside they will then be invited to record their opinions and thoughts as they finish the statement: “The truth is…”.
Source: In search of the truth.

Afghanistan1 AfghanistanThe Truth Booth is an art project by Cause Collective artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks, and Hank Willis Thomas. The tour originally started in Ireland then traveled in the US and in the summer of 2013 in Afghanistan. The stories collected there can be found under the name of I Hear You Afghanistan and are co-produced by Paradox and Free Press Unlimited, in cooperation with Cause Collective.

“We see a lot but forget to listen. Share untold stories that matter. Spread the voices of Afghan men, women and children.”

Karin – Filterdesign

Storytelling & Social innovation

Desis Philosophy talk on Storytelling & Social innovation
Can we consider the act of telling stories of social innovation a political action, as it opens up the idea of public realm as a place where decision-making take place? Is storytelling in design for social innovation a poetic action, where the two dimensions of telling and making, as in the Greek idea of poiesis, are finally reconciled? Can we look at telling stories of emerging sustainable behaviours worldwide as a way to manifest what is at the margin of the mainstream of society and help its potentialities to be fully expressed? How can we as designers tell the stories of the margins respecting their complexity without oversimplifying them? During this second session on storytelling following the one held in Dublin past November during the Cumulus conference, we will reflect together on this topic and try to formulate some design guidelines for our design practices.

March 12, 2014, 14.00 -17.30 at Design Academy Eindhoven

Karin – Filterdesign