The word Terrapolis, coined by Donna Haraway, set me off to discover different perceptions of the world. Due to the inappropriate lenses used to understand complex systems, we face various environmental issues. Confronted with different systems and interlinkages between thinking and action, I unravel the consequences of our designed world. By analyzing the designers responsibility in the autopoietic system, I combine literature and science to find alternatives to the capitalistic, autopoietic status quo and challenge the current position. My dissertation should enable designers to shift their professional outlook into a system that embraces complexity in advance and is suitable and sustainable for alternative futures and beings on this planet. The conceived results shall remain undefined and flexible, sympoietic. This thesis is primarily conceptual and does not attempt to draw definitive conclusions. How I perceive the world dictates how I act and function in it. External forces lure designers into autonomous and comfortable habits to keep the cycle of consumption running. Using symbiosis as a metaphor and a material reality, I refurbish the relationship between the designer and other species. I encourage the transformation from an individual to a cooperating, collective seeking being to become something new enable to transgress boundaries. Professors: Dr. Silke Helmerdig and Dr. Thomas Hensel.
Friend or foe, intruder or guest? Usually perceived as unwelcome and often out of place, the intruder is nevertheless inextricably linked to his counterpart. Donna Haraway describes a multifaceted kind of connection with the image of the play of threads. The trust in the outstretched hand and the cultivation of response and the cultivation of responsiveness associated with it are shown to be complex representatives of responsibility. Derived from this, the question of systems was posed and a consideration of these in digital space was elaborated. Using the means of digital links, visitors can penetrate the complexity of systems.
The washing machine project
Sustainable Washing Solution that makes a difference by providing displaced and low-income communities with an accessible, off-grid washing solution, our mission is to empower women with the time to take charge of their lives. Meet the Divya 1.5. A manual, off-the-grid washer-dryer machine. It can help save up to 50% of water and 75% of the time compared to handwashing clothes. I supported the washing machine project as a Volunteer Digital Creative and designed icons, posts and social media content.
KIT Innovation Hub
Working as a research associate for the KIT Innovation Hub (Karlsruhe) with Tina Becker, I design the print media, illustrations, graphics, logos and presentations and projects for different topics. It‘s a great opportunity to dive into a different subjects and perspectives.