Inhabiting practices: operating between art, design, science and technology

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This chapter provides one model for a next-generation design practice in which the practitioner moves seamlessly between art, design, science and technology to create projects for health and wellbeing. The projects discussed through the chapter are all trans-disciplinary in nature and include jewellery to administer insulin through the skin, a heart monitor necklace to detect arrhythmia, magnetic liquid works, and a series of haptic engagement workshops. I introduce the reader to a range of generative practices that underpin the work, including empathy, trans-disciplinarity, embedding, material brainstorming, iterative experimentation and wearables as a site for therapeutic potential. These practices conceptually locate the projects to be discussed and support the assertion that it is how the work is made as much as what is made that is pivotal for truly innovating in creative practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUndesign
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Practices at the Intersection of Art and Design
EditorsGretchen Coombs, Andrew McNamara, Gavin Sade
Place of PublicationOxon UK
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781315526379
ISBN (Print)9781138695702
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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