Britta Boyer

Doctoral Candidate
Loughborough University

A final year doctoral researcher within the Institute for Design Innovation at Loughborough University, London. My work is critical and transdisciplinary at the intersection of mobility and possibility. I explore non-exploitative human development and creative practice through the storied nature of human activities. My methodological approach is a qualitative, heuristic ethnography that integrates visual and sensory methods such as aesthetic connectors and sensory cartographies. A Design Anthropological perspective that explores ways of materializing decoloniality through design, asking the question: Do we know how to materialize decolonization in design research and practice?

The study came about through my own industry and life experiences. A former design practitioner and early pioneer of sustainable fashion working with post-consumer denim waste in the 1990’s. Creative practice led to working across various geographical locations, most recently Bali for almost 20 years; I also lived in Indonesia as a child. The diversity of these experiences across both the Global North and South resulted in an acute understanding of the competing global discourses and ways in which creativity is used as a hegemonic term within policy, education and the creative industries; the aim of my research is to tell the more-than-one stories.

This is a practice-led phenomenon that explores Designer Beyonders. They are Designers who not only cut across the west-non-west, industrial-non-industrial, north-south divides but can integrate epistemological diversity into their ways of thinking, being and creative practice; knowledge built with our multi-species others. The Designer Beyonders mainly originating from Industrialized countries but work in a non-western context, though I also present non-western perspectives of designers educated in the West.

The findings showed that the Designer Beyonders deliberately unsettle themselves to understand their worlds more deeply - It is referred to in the literature as moving beyond abyssal thinking, and through the study, I sought to develop a critical inquiry and creative ways to research alternative perspectives away from the dominant design narratives of the Global North:

“the world and its inhabitants, human and non-human, are our teachers, mentors and interlocutors” (Ingold, 2008)

The theoretical framework of the study draws upon global social theory, design anthropology and creativity research. I explore place-sensitive, Bali specific models and personal storytelling through both critical and sensory cartographies:

"To live, every human being must put out a line, and in life, these lines tangle with one another" (Ingold, 2015): I)

I will present some of the creative modes of engagement from the field; methods that are experiential, sensorial, embodied and situated. I will do so by showing you 2 short films and some explanation on the methods and illuminations after which, I invite questions and critique.

 

 

Sessions in which Britta Boyer attends

Thursday 6 May, 2021

Time Zone: EDT/(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
11:30
11:30
13:30
13:30
Ellen Lupton
Keynote speaker
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsoni...
David Howes
Moderator
concordia university
Professor, Sociology and...
15:30
15:30

Friday 7 May, 2021

Time Zone: EDT/(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
13:30
13:30
Jordan LeBel
Moderator
concordia university

Saturday 8 May, 2021

Time Zone: EDT/(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
9:30
9:30