On the Possibility of Socialist-democratic Design Things: Interview with Pelle Ehn. Interviewers: I. Farías & T. Sánchez Criado

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Pelle Ehn
Ignacio Farías
Tomás Sánchez Criado

Abstract

Pelle Ehn is Professor Emeritus at the School of Arts and Communication at Malmö University. He has been involved in collaborative and participatory design for more than four decades. For the last 15 years his research has been focused on design and digital media. He is co-author of Design Things (MIT Press, 2011) and co-editor of Making Futures: Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design, and Democracy (MIT Press, 2014). In this interview he describes some of his influences and he talks about participatory design, STS, socialism, design things, education, artefacts, social change and democratic design experiments.

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Ehn, P., Farías, I., & Sánchez Criado, T. (2018). On the Possibility of Socialist-democratic Design Things: Interview with Pelle Ehn. Interviewers: I. Farías & T. Sánchez Criado. Diseña, (12), 52-69. https://doi.org/10.7764/disena.12.52-69
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Author Biographies

Ignacio Farías, Technical University of Munich

B.A. in Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. D.E.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universidad de Barcelona. PhD in European Ethnology, Humboldt University. Assistant Professor at the Munich Center for Technology in Society and the Architecture Department of Technical University Munich. His work is centered on urban studies, studies on science and technology and cultural anthropology. He has recently co-edited, together with Alex Wilkie, Studio Studies. Operations, Topologies & Displacements (Routledge, 2015) and, together with Anders Blok, the special issue “Technical Democracy as a Challenge to Urban Studies” (CITY, vol. 20, N° 4), and Urban Cosmopolitics: Agencements, Assemblies, Atmospheres (Routledge, 2016).

Tomás Sánchez Criado, Technical University of Munich

B.A. in Psychology, D.E.A. and PhD in Social Anthropology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Senior Researcher at the Munich Center for Technology in Society and the Architecture Department of the Technical University Munich. His areas of interest include social anthropology, science and technology studies, and disability studies. Some of his more recent publications are: Experimental Collaborations: Ethnography Through Fieldwork Devices (co-edited with A. Estalella, Berghahn, 2018) and ‘Urban Accessibility Issues: Technoscientific Democratizations at the Documentation Interface’ (with M. Cereceda, CITY, vol. 20, n.° 4).