Juliana Restrepo Giraldo: Stories and Design Recipes to Wonder, Care and Prioritize Relational Homemaking

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Juliana Restrepo Giraldo, PhD student in Interaction Design, K3/LInneus University.

The title of the talk is: Stories and Design Recipes to Wonder, Care and Prioritize Relational Homemaking.

This will be Juliana’s 50 percent PhD seminar. Martin Avila, Professor of Design, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, will take on the role as discussant.

The seminar will take place on Thursday, May 19 at 14.15-16.00. It will be a hybrid seminar. Please either come to K3 Studio (NiC 0541) or join online here: https://mau-se.zoom.us/j/64675687916 (this is the zoom link to all K3 seminars this term).

Please notice the weekday and time!

Below is an abstract for the seminar. If you would like to have the manuscript for the seminar, please mail Juliana (juliana.restrepo-giraldo@mau.se).

The K3 seminar is held in collaboration with the Collaborative Future-Making Platform.

This is a PhD research project in Design, Sustainability and Life at home, rooted in theories and ethics of Care and inspired by feminist post-humanist discourses. The overall focus is to explore the cosmology of Buen Vivir (Living Well) as a relevant approach for designers researching and working with relationality in the context of sustainable homemaking.

Buen Vivir means living in harmony with all beings and nature through relationality and reciprocity. It is a philosophy rooted in the cosmovision (worldview) of indigenous communities in the Andean territory in South America, which understands humans as never owners of the earth and its resources, only stewards. Buen Vivir is about living well, not better, by being present, reciprocal and living in harmony with oneself, the community, other beings and nature within the unique living environment.

In the work, relationality is explored by collecting stories from women in Colombia and Sweden and developing design tools and recipes as mediums to facilitate and nurture dialogue and mutual learning.  Homemaking stories are built on situated knowledge, practices and interactions; on familiar and unfamiliar dilemmas that can support wondering, re-imagining and re-orientating presents and futures.

Homemaking stories represent interdependences and relations between homes, humans, non-humans and nature. They are essential to explore the situatedness of relational transitions and transformations at home.

The work builds on a programmatic design research approach formed by various design experiments conducted through autoethnography and participation. Those experiments grow into new stories, companion concepts and emergent themes that shape and direct the continuity of the process. In this work, vulnerability is brought forward  (the researchers and others) as a value that enables trust, respect and participation.

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