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PhD project

Figuring Things Out Together: On the Relationship Between Design and Collective Practice

Anja Groten investigates matters of collectivity, drawing from the experience of working with the Amsterdam-based collective Hackers & Designers (H&D)*.

Anja Groten

The main thesis of Groten’s research is that conventional design vocabularies cannot sufficiently express and account for collectivities’ resistance to fixation and stabilization. According to Anja Groten, collective design challenges notions of individual authorship, differentiations between disciplines, product and process, user and maker, friendship, and work relations. While collectives not only shape particular affiliations, design approaches, and aesthetics, they also require perspectives on working and designing together that resist a progress-based understanding of a design process.


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