Professor in

Theoretical & Applied Aesthetics

at Industrial Design     

Konstfack, University College of  

Arts, Crafts and Design /  

Stockholm Sweden

www.konstfack.se

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Konstfack summer school

2017


Back to the Land 2.0 reconnecting Urban and Rural through food systems

www.Backtotheland.se

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NanoFormGiving through haptic aesthetic laborations.

Funded by Swedish Research Council.  2008 -2012

www.nanoform.se/home.html




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links to projects & affiliations

My work pivots around how our everyday aesthetic experience in the real world drive creative processes. Today the traditional limits of aesthetics as a visual domain has be challenged to now include  all our senses.

















Currently my work emphasizes the haptic sense which physically engage us with the world and people around us. The feedback we gain though touching has the potential to awaken our emotions. I believe that stimulating emotional creative energy helps to drive complex design projects and is at the heart of the gestalt process.


HAPTICA  (2016-2019)

I am presently  leading a three year project in collaboration with culinary artist / researchers from Campus Grythyttan, School of hospitality, culinary arts and meal science Örebro University funded by Swedish Research Council. In the HAPTICA project we are investigative methods that will be used to identify how haptic experiences can affect concentration, conceptual reasoning and emotions, as well as how embodied craftsmanship can support the design process. One of the planned A-labs aims to study how smell & taste may be affected by exploratory sculptural studies about haptic properties. This multiple sensory interaction can hone in on, for example, the mutual, reciprocal process between olfactory “haptic” sensations and the sensitivity of fingertips as they explore tactile textures.


















Culinary Arts 

Through a four years (2008-2012) guest professorship in applied aesthetics at Grythytta Campus, (School of Hospitality, Culinary Arts and meal sciences at ÖU ) I was able to work in a research project with culinary artists including: sommelier, host, event formgiver, waiter and cook. In the culinary world an aesthetic experience engages all  the senses, the visual domain does not dominate. In the project we compared haptic experiences over aesthetic disciplines.  One key result of the project was defining the tasters haptic grip during a number of lab sessions which involved grasping wine and champaign along the membranes of the nasal passage, in the mouth and through the air way and digestive system. Another result was exploring provocative methods for developing cutlery that could be used in a variety of dynamic activities. We also did a total revision of the introductory course: aesthetic gestalt process. Some unique eduational results for examination were developed such as  presenting the process in percent levels from 20% - 100%.


Teaching

In my role as professor in the Industrial Design program at Konstfack Univeristy College of Arts, Crafts and Design I lecture, drive workshops and supervise projects in both the bachelors and masters courses that involve theoretical and practical aesthetic reasoning.  My subjects range from studio courses in learning a taxonomy of form & space, gestalt processes, formgiving  procedures and exploratory design projects where we collaborate with researchers, industry and professionals in projects that involve interaction design and haptics.  Currenty I am developing a new course with Jonas Ahnm’e that interlaces physical and virtual 3-D form and space which aims to renew basic design courses that work from a sculptural geo-organic foundation.

I have adapted a sculptural / formgiving aesthetic discipline to the field of product- and interaction- design. This discipline starts with an inner movement of  form and the interdependancy of material, human gesture and space. I am interested in how we develop a sense of scale in relation to built architecture and tangible products as well as  intangible experience of scales beyond human perception such as nano.


Research

I completed my PhD thesis in collaboration with Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg in 2007 at the Dept. of Architecture. The title, Form & Formlessness; Questioning aesthetic abstractions through art projects, cross-disciplinary studies and product design education and can be ordered from Axlbooks or Konstfack


From 2008 to 2011  I was the project/ artistic  leader of a multi- disciplinary project called NanoFormGiving, previously funded by the Swedish Research Council.  See the website for more info.

I am affiliated with researchers from  Örebro University and Örebro University Hospital where my role is in supporting the further development of interaction design products for deafblind persons that involve haptic technology.

  

 

Art /Crafts /Design                                                                              Philosophy

Positioning my work in the field of  theoretical & applied aesthetics

             The orange shaped surface in the figure above  covers  the area I work in.

Fine art

Institutions, galleries, museums

Analytical aesthetics


separate theory from practice

Applied aesthetics


unify theory and practice

Individual, social, technical & cultural context

Everyday experience