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Bogotá, Colombia

Design research—related to belief systems, regulations, and worldviews

Design research is well-known to product designers, graphic designers, industrial designers, architects, interaction designers, and UX/UI designers. It is complementary to systemic design—which offers collaborative frameworks, interdisciplinary approaches, and eco-social perspectives for design research—and supports studying and understanding complex, interconnected challenges embedded within social, cultural, economic, and environmental systems. Systemic design also deeply involves stakeholders from the studied system and, more recently, post-anthropocentric thinking, inclusive of non-living nature and artificial intelligence or robots.

Los seres humanos incorporan artefactos al cuerpo desnudo para aumentar sus capacidades agentivas originales (agencia aumentada). Además, los humanos atribuyen agencia a las cosas inanimadas mediante discursos ficcionales de manera estable, no solo en eventos excepcionales. Esto permite la relación con los artefactos como si tuvieran agencia humana (agencia “como si”). La atribución de agencia “como si” a los artefactos permite obtener ventajas psicológicas. La agencia aumentada concede ventajas prácticas. En la combinación de dichas ventajas se fusiona lo ficticio con lo fáctico. Esto tiene implicaciones que, lejos de ser triviales, se relacionan con el sistema de creencias, la normatividad y las cosmovisiones.

—Juan Carlos Mendoza-Collazos (2023) | CIDI-IV ponente

English translation

Human beings incorporate artefacts into the naked body to increase their original agentive capacities (augmented agency). Furthermore, humans ascribe agency to inanimate things through fictional discourse in a stable manner, not just in exceptional events. This allows relating to artifacts as if they had human agency (“as if” agency). The attribution of agency “as if” to artefacts allows psychological advantages to be obtained. Enhanced agency confers practical benefits. In the combination of these advantages, the fictional is merged with the factual. This has implications that, far from being trivial, are related to the belief system, regulations and worldviews.

—Juan Carlos Mendoza-Collazos (2023) | CIDI-IV Speaker

REFERENCE

Mendoza-Collazos, J.C. (2023). Augmented agency and ‘as if’ agency in the Amazon: implications for a semiotics of artifacts. Sign And Thought, 41 . https://doi.org/10.11144/Javeriana.syp41.aaac

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Universidad Nacional de Colombia seeks to explore the interconnectedness of design research and systemic design with a specific focus on design research and developments in systemic design in Latin America.

CONTACT

Juan Alfonso de la Rosa Munar jadelarosam@unal.edu.co

Decano de la Facultad de Artes, Profesor Asociado, Escuela de Diseño Gráfico

RSD12-Bogotá was part of the Fourth International Conference on Design Research (CIDI-IV) Horizon+(en). The objective of Congreso Internacional de Investigación en Diseño is to develop a space for the dissemination and exchange of knowledge together with national and international design research communities, thereby increasing recognition of local perspectives and the Global South and the value of conversation and constructive discussion for the growth of new perspectives amongst researchers from the National University and the rest of the country.

On the third day of CIDI-IV (October 6, 2024), RSD12-Bogotá explored the interconnectedness of design research and systemic design with a specific focus on design research and developments in systemic design in Latin America. Speakers, papers, presentations, and panels addressed the following aspects of design research: systemic design and future and design, presented as Axis 5 and Axis 6.

Axis 5 invited all those projects that reflect on design as a systemic model, generating knowledge around its own disciplinary variables and practices, as well as the exploration of design as a fundamental instrument for innovation.

Axis 6 explored future and design (UI-UX). Virtual reality is not parallel to physical reality. Imbricated atoms and bits make up the reality of cultural objects and phenomena. What happens in the virtual environment of the different digital interfaces directly affects the tangible characteristics of bodies and the environment—for instance, demonstrations of protests in the streets of our cities are called through social networks, and people want to redesign their appearance to look like their avatars.

Talks: Design Research

Talks: Design Research

Hillary Carey and Jessica Meharry | Irem Tekogul | Palak Dudani and Karianne Rygh | Diana Maria Mahecha, Juan de la Rosa and Juan Carlos Arias | Jenna Mikus

Talks: Method & Theory

Talks: Method & Theory

Ruth Schmidt | Ryan Murphy | Gary Bell, Kat Lovell, Isabel Dunckley and Javier Ander Calderon Tellez | Mamta Gautam | Jennifer Briselli | Irina Wang | Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed, Dilek Sayedahmed, Tara Campbell, Gryphon Theriault-Loubier, and Sean Geobey | Perin Ruttonsha | Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer and Carine van Loon

Talks: Diseño Sistémico

Talks: Diseño Sistémico

Marie Davidová, Maria Claudia Valverde and Hanane Behnam | Cecilia Padula and Silvia Barbero | Fiona Descoteaux, Donagh Horgan and Stephen Wall | Sharon Zivkovic | Elena Porqueddu | Tanya Efremenko and Honorata Grzesikowska | Marion Real, Carlotta Fontana Valenti, Pietro L. Verga, Pablo Muñoz, Ashley Laflin and Milena Juarez

Talks: Design Research

Talks: Design Research

Hillary Carey and Jessica Meharry | Irem Tekogul | Palak Dudani and Karianne Rygh | Diana Maria Mahecha, Juan de la Rosa, and Juan Carlos Arias | Jenna Mikus

Panel Diseño Sistémico

Panel Diseño Sistémico

Harvey Cortés Martínez, Juan Pablo Arenas Vargas, Robinson Alexander De Lavalle Herrera, Sergio Ramírez, Juan de la Rosa

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