For a Speculative Aesthetics of Description: Interview with Alex Wilkie. Interviewers: I. Farías, & T. Sánchez Criado

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Alex Wilkie
Ignacio Farías
Tomás Sánchez Criado

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Alex Wilkie is Director of Research in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he is also Director of the Mphil/PhD program in Design Studies and co-director of the Centre for Invention and Social Process. Wilkie has combined design and science and technology studies (STS) since the late ’90s, exploring inventive methods and research through design. He co-edited with M. Savransky and M. Rosengarten Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures (Routledge, 2017) and with I. Farías Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements (Routledge, 2016). In this interview he speaks about his relation to STS and his understanding of pedagogy, theory, politics of design, and speculative methods.

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Wilkie, A., Farías, I., & Sánchez Criado, T. (2018). For a Speculative Aesthetics of Description: Interview with Alex Wilkie. Interviewers: I. Farías, & T. Sánchez Criado. Diseña, (12), 70-87. https://doi.org/10.7764/disena.12.70-87
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Alex Wilkie, Goldsmiths, University of London

Alex Wilkie is Director of Research in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he is also Director of the Mphil/PhD program in Design Studies and co-director of the Centre for Invention and Social Process. Wilkie has combined design and science and technology studies (STS) since the late ’90s, exploring inventive methods and research through design. He co-edited with M. Savransky and M. Rosengarten Speculative Research: The Lure of Possible Futures (Routledge, 2017) and with I. Farías Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies & Displacements (Routledge, 2016).

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).