Disruptivity by Design

De-Growthing Sustainable Development

Michael Kneidl (AT/ DE), Magdalena Haidacher (AT), Margarita Köhl (AT)

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Limited number of participants with registration.

Disruptive life prototyping + mapping the (im)possibility of change

The first workshop (facilitated by Michael Kneidl) of this series is dedicated to disruptive life prototyping. The participants will experiment with existing tools and new technologies, de-construct and redesign them to accomplish new tasks for them. How can we build a critical assistant discouraging environmentally harmful conduct? How can we adjust our everyday actions to environmental influences? We will sketch, experiment and prototype with sensors, game controllers and Arduino.

In the second workshop of this series, “Mapping the (Im)possibility of Change”, Magdalena Haidacher and Margarita Köhl will explore the ways of thinking and practicing sustainable development beyond an all-pervading logic of growth together with the participants. The increasing evidence that growth-based developmental trajectories are incompatible with the goal of respecting biophysical planetary boundaries, necessitates a planet centric design approach, which advocates for a more holistic view of innovation. Based on a critical assessment of the sustainable development goals, we will develop a new set of interconnected objectives including preferable ways of implementation (“disruptive cartography”) applying the method of digital as well as analog clustering and mapping.

Additionally, impactful projects created by InterMedia BA and MA students at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences will be featured in the frame of an online exhibition.

Please prepare some handicraft materials and tools such as glue, screws, nails, hinges, paper, cardboard, plastic, sheets, cloths, drills, compasses, knives, wire, scissors etc. for prototyping.

Magdalena Haidacher: She has an academic background in geography where she has dealt intensively with human-environment interaction, climate change and geographic information systems. Since 2019 she has been studying the InterMedia master’s program at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. In her master’s thesis she deals with the visualization of complex systems. Further research focuses are transformation design, data design and process visualization.

Margarita Köhl: She is a transdisciplinary researcher and curator with a wide range of international experience in research and teaching (University of Vienna, Austria; National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan; Silpakorn University, Thailand; Japan; Dokkyo Daigaku, Japan). Köhl holds a PhD in Communication Studies (University of Vienna) and an MA in Arts & Cultural Management, East Asian Studies and Art History. She works at the intersection of science and technology studies, East-Asian studies as well as arts & cultural management with a focus on affective and emotional aspects of technology appropriation and critical design. Currently, she is head of the Department of Design at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg, Austria.

Michael Kneidl: He studied product design at the HTW in Dresden. In 1999 he became an instructor for design of interactive systems (visual communications) at the Fachhochschule (University of Applied Sciences) Vorarlberg in Dornbirn, where he co-initiated the E-Learning Laboratory. His research focuses on the areas of the design of visual communication (E-learning, sign systems and interactive systems). An important component of his teaching is concerned with the active connection between research and learning. He participated in numerous international congresses and exchange programs with partner universities. In 2006, he initiated the Interactive Media Lab at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences.


In cooperation with SDG Forum Vorarlberg and Wirkraum miteinander/ Caritas Vorarlberg