Join Jeffrey Bardze, associate professor of HCI/design in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University – Bloomington on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 6–8 p.m. at the Illinois Institute of Design at 350 North LaSalle Street in Chicago for Design as Inquiry.
How does the making and presenting of artworks and designs as research (e.g., critical design, research through design, and constructive design) contribute to human knowledge and understanding? This question and others like it have received considerable attention recently in fields as diverse as museum studies, philosophy, literature, art, design, science and technology studies, film, and human-computer interaction.
Bardzell will work through a number of the most interesting responses to these questions he has explored, using artworks and designs themselves as objects to think with. In arguing that the arts do indeed serve a crucial role in knowledge production, he will pick out some of the things we consider to be examples of “knowledge,” including propositional knowledge, aesthetic perceptiveness, constructive search through themes and variations, and knowledge as acknowledgment. He’ll reflect on how understandings place claims on us by changing how we think about problems and situations and also by demanding new responses from us.