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  Utopia and Uchronia: A New Experimental Approach in Thinking about Time    This chapter introduces the idea of utopian and uchronian thinking as a new way to approach the current temporal crisis. Hereto, I discuss the etymological relationship of the terms utopia and uchronia, and draw similarities between utopian and uchronian thinking. In reference to the utopian scholar Ruth Levitas (2013), who outlined “utopia as a method”, the concept is applied on temporal thinking within an interdisciplinary design practice. I discuss the concept of uchronia in reference to the sociologist Helga Nowotny (2014), and build upon her concept, a new experimental approach in thinking about time independent of the Western societal norms of clocks and calendars. In a brief example, I exemplify, how uchronian thinking can be applied.   About NERD @ BIRD   Design has long expressed and established itself as an independent research competence – a fact that also companies, institutions and politicians have come to acknowledge. What is still needed, however, is a stronger public platform for design to confidently reflect upon this process and to establish and communicate the specific dimension of design research.  For this reason,  BIRD , the Board of International Research in Design publishes a book as part of the eponymous design research book series by Birkhäuser, based on the New Experimental Research in Design/NERD conference in spring 2018.  Edited by Michael Erlhoff and Jonas Wolfgang
       
     
  Zeitgeber in der Zeitkrise:   Überlegungen zu einer alternativen Wahrnehmung von Zeit   Die Gegenwart steckt in einer Zeitkrise, die auch als dyschronisches Zeitalter bezeichnet wird. Gemeint ist hiermit, dass die Zeit in der Wahrnehmung nur so vor sich hinrast – ein Gefühl konstanter Nervosität und unentwegter Beschleunigung. Verbildlicht hat sich diese Zeitwahrnehmung in der unentwegt, gnadenlos tickenden Uhr. Dieser Essay ist ein Plädoyer sich dem Thema Zeit aus einem anderen Blickwinkel zu widmen, losgelöst von dem Uhrzeitschema. Als Voraussetzung, um sich dem Thema frei nähern zu können, steht das  Verlernen  von Uhrzeit. Ein alternatives Konzept, entwickelt als Teil meiner Forschungstätigkeit, basiert auf der Idee des  Zeitgebers.  Das Denken in gefestigten Kategorien von Stunden, Minuten und Sekunden wird aufgehoben. Anstelle dessen treten Überlegungen zur individuellen, temporalen Schwerpunktsetzung – den entscheidenden Zeitgebern Zeit zu geben.   In Visuelle Zeitgestaltung, Bildwelten des Wissens   Die Bildwelten des Wissens untersuchen aus der Perspektive verschiedener Disziplinen, in welchen Kontexten Bilder ihre konstruktiven und instruktiven Eigenschaften entfalten, auf welchen historischen und theoretischen Entwicklungen sie beruhen und welchen unhintergehbaren Beitrag die konkrete Form visueller Werkzeuge für das Denken und die Erkenntnis leistet. Die thematischen Schwerpunkte der Bände zielen darauf ab, das Feld der Untersuchung systematisch zu erweitern, die Möglichkeiten bildkritischer Analyse auszubauen und damit auch den Blick zu schärfen für die Reichweite und Tiefenwirkung bildlicher Phänomene. Auf diese Weise machen die Bildwelten zugleich bekannt mit neuesten wissenschaftlichen Entwicklungen und wegweisenden Positionen.   Bildwelten des Wissens ,   Kunsthistorisches Jahrbuch für Bildkritik,   Akademie Verlag, De Gruyter. Veröffentlichung von Band 15 in 2018.  Editoren: Claudia Blümle, Claudia Mareis und Christof Windgätter
       
     
  The Embodiment of Space   This book chapter discusses the nature of temporality in relation to the future of interior spaces. The physicality of our bodies is the centre of consideration, with the human body clock as parameter for spatial development. This approach disconnects interior spaces from the traditional topology of space. In the project proposal  Circadian Space  predetermined standards of interior design are de-programmed, not only in its functionality but also in the way these spaces are inhabited, offering a future perspective on dwelling.   About Interior Futures   The book presents short, incisive and imaginative chapters and provocation pieces on the future of interiors, discussed in six book sections of habituated, mediated, negotiated, distributed, abstracted and instrumentalised.    Interior Futures  will be published in summer/autumn 2018 by Crucible Press, USA.  Edited by Graeme Brooker, Harriet Harriss and Kevin Walker
       
     
  Feature in Domus 027, Die Stadt und der Mensch   Neue Forschungen im Design: 'Über Nirgend-Zeit' von Uta Brandes  Domus, Deutsche Ausgabe, September/Oktober 2017
       
     
  Uchronia: Time at the Intersection of Time, Chronosociology and Chronobiology      ABSTRACT: The societal transformation from an agricultural to an urbanised 24/7 society, reflected in a move from natural time to the mechanical clock to the contemporary digital age, has significantly influenced our daily biological and social rhythms. Modern technology has fostered an increasing temporal fragmentation, heralding an era of flexible time with ever more complex processes of synchronisation. These inhumane rhythms conflict with the natural rhythmicity of the human biological clock.  This thesis investigates the potential of new perceptions of time through the application of uchronia — a term derived from the Greek word ou-chronos meaning ‘no time’ or ‘non-time’, and from utopia, from the Greek ou-topos. This research is situated within contemporary debates on the nature of temporality, often denoted as time crisis or dyschronia. It investigates uchronia as temporal utopia and in the way it generates insights about our knowledge of contemporary temporality.  The research develops an original uchronian methodology and applications of uchronian thinking in practice-led design research, intertwining design, chronobiological and chronosociological research to propose a new area of chronodesign.  Through design practice, I explore how scientific research can be translated into lived, aesthetic experience. The methods range from critical and speculative design (thought experiments), artistic research (unlearning methods), to methods drawn from chronobiological research (zeitgeber method). I investigate practical work which challenges thought patterns regarding the temporal structure of contemporary life, in which participants explore alternative time-givers or synchronisers, in order to think outside the boundaries of clocks and calendars.  By providing a broadened definition of uchronianism, I aim to establish uchronia as a platform for critical thought and debate on the contemporary time crisis, with chronodesign as a practical design initiative.  Upcoming Publication by Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, Switzerland PhD Thesis, Royal College of Art, London, 2017
       
     
  The Embodiment of Time   The chapter investigates the terminology ‘digital bodies’ in relation to our temporal existence. Here the body is not extended or enhanced, but reconfigured through the embodiment of today’s temporal system. This system is undergoing perpetual change, especially influenced and altered by new technologies. Subsequently, these digital technologies are shaping our temporal experience, and play a determining part in forming and reconfiguring us to who we are, as digital bodies.   I argue for an understanding and re-activation of bodily rhythms through artistic practice.    About Digital Bodies   This book explores technologies related to bodily interaction and creativity from a multi-disciplinary perspective. By taking such an approach, the collection offers a comprehensive view of digital technology research that both extends our notions of the body and creativity through a digital lens, and informs of the role of technology in practices central to the arts and humanities. Crucially, Digital Bodies foregrounds creativity, the interrogation of technologies and the notion of embodiment within the various disciplines of art, design, performance and social science. In doing so, it explores a potential or virtual new sense of the embodied self. This book will appeal to academics, practitioners and those with an interest in not only how digital technologies affect the body, but also how they can enhance human creativity.  Hardback  Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology  English  Edited by  Susan Broadhurst and Sara Price, 2017
       
     
  Moment Cards      Each of the following cards tells you a short story. These stories symbolise certain experiences in time, which could happen to you, to me or to anyone. They are followed up by a theoretical analysis, with topics ranging from ‘hyperacceleration’, ‘proper time’, ‘polar inertia’ to ‘social jet lage’ .  Dr Helga Schmid, 2013
       
     
  Feature in Typography Sketchbooks   Selected by the worlds most knowledgeable and well-connected graphic design commentator, Steven Heller, this survey gets into the minds of designers who create typefaces, word-images and logos through their private sketchbooks. Arranged by designer, it reveals how the worlds leading designers and typographers continually strive to find new and exciting ways of communicating through letters and words, and provides fascinating insights into their work.    Paperback , Thames &Hudson  Edited by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico, 2012
       
     
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  Utopia and Uchronia: A New Experimental Approach in Thinking about Time    This chapter introduces the idea of utopian and uchronian thinking as a new way to approach the current temporal crisis. Hereto, I discuss the etymological relationship of the terms utopia and uchronia, and draw similarities between utopian and uchronian thinking. In reference to the utopian scholar Ruth Levitas (2013), who outlined “utopia as a method”, the concept is applied on temporal thinking within an interdisciplinary design practice. I discuss the concept of uchronia in reference to the sociologist Helga Nowotny (2014), and build upon her concept, a new experimental approach in thinking about time independent of the Western societal norms of clocks and calendars. In a brief example, I exemplify, how uchronian thinking can be applied.   About NERD @ BIRD   Design has long expressed and established itself as an independent research competence – a fact that also companies, institutions and politicians have come to acknowledge. What is still needed, however, is a stronger public platform for design to confidently reflect upon this process and to establish and communicate the specific dimension of design research.  For this reason,  BIRD , the Board of International Research in Design publishes a book as part of the eponymous design research book series by Birkhäuser, based on the New Experimental Research in Design/NERD conference in spring 2018.  Edited by Michael Erlhoff and Jonas Wolfgang
       
     

Utopia and Uchronia: A New Experimental Approach in Thinking about Time

This chapter introduces the idea of utopian and uchronian thinking as a new way to approach the current temporal crisis. Hereto, I discuss the etymological relationship of the terms utopia and uchronia, and draw similarities between utopian and uchronian thinking. In reference to the utopian scholar Ruth Levitas (2013), who outlined “utopia as a method”, the concept is applied on temporal thinking within an interdisciplinary design practice. I discuss the concept of uchronia in reference to the sociologist Helga Nowotny (2014), and build upon her concept, a new experimental approach in thinking about time independent of the Western societal norms of clocks and calendars. In a brief example, I exemplify, how uchronian thinking can be applied.

About NERD @ BIRD

Design has long expressed and established itself as an independent research competence – a fact that also companies, institutions and politicians have come to acknowledge. What is still needed, however, is a stronger public platform for design to confidently reflect upon this process and to establish and communicate the specific dimension of design research.

For this reason, BIRD, the Board of International Research in Design publishes a book as part of the eponymous design research book series by Birkhäuser, based on the New Experimental Research in Design/NERD conference in spring 2018.

Edited by Michael Erlhoff and Jonas Wolfgang

  Zeitgeber in der Zeitkrise:   Überlegungen zu einer alternativen Wahrnehmung von Zeit   Die Gegenwart steckt in einer Zeitkrise, die auch als dyschronisches Zeitalter bezeichnet wird. Gemeint ist hiermit, dass die Zeit in der Wahrnehmung nur so vor sich hinrast – ein Gefühl konstanter Nervosität und unentwegter Beschleunigung. Verbildlicht hat sich diese Zeitwahrnehmung in der unentwegt, gnadenlos tickenden Uhr. Dieser Essay ist ein Plädoyer sich dem Thema Zeit aus einem anderen Blickwinkel zu widmen, losgelöst von dem Uhrzeitschema. Als Voraussetzung, um sich dem Thema frei nähern zu können, steht das  Verlernen  von Uhrzeit. Ein alternatives Konzept, entwickelt als Teil meiner Forschungstätigkeit, basiert auf der Idee des  Zeitgebers.  Das Denken in gefestigten Kategorien von Stunden, Minuten und Sekunden wird aufgehoben. Anstelle dessen treten Überlegungen zur individuellen, temporalen Schwerpunktsetzung – den entscheidenden Zeitgebern Zeit zu geben.   In Visuelle Zeitgestaltung, Bildwelten des Wissens   Die Bildwelten des Wissens untersuchen aus der Perspektive verschiedener Disziplinen, in welchen Kontexten Bilder ihre konstruktiven und instruktiven Eigenschaften entfalten, auf welchen historischen und theoretischen Entwicklungen sie beruhen und welchen unhintergehbaren Beitrag die konkrete Form visueller Werkzeuge für das Denken und die Erkenntnis leistet. Die thematischen Schwerpunkte der Bände zielen darauf ab, das Feld der Untersuchung systematisch zu erweitern, die Möglichkeiten bildkritischer Analyse auszubauen und damit auch den Blick zu schärfen für die Reichweite und Tiefenwirkung bildlicher Phänomene. Auf diese Weise machen die Bildwelten zugleich bekannt mit neuesten wissenschaftlichen Entwicklungen und wegweisenden Positionen.   Bildwelten des Wissens ,   Kunsthistorisches Jahrbuch für Bildkritik,   Akademie Verlag, De Gruyter. Veröffentlichung von Band 15 in 2018.  Editoren: Claudia Blümle, Claudia Mareis und Christof Windgätter
       
     

Zeitgeber in der Zeitkrise: Überlegungen zu einer alternativen Wahrnehmung von Zeit

Die Gegenwart steckt in einer Zeitkrise, die auch als dyschronisches Zeitalter bezeichnet wird. Gemeint ist hiermit, dass die Zeit in der Wahrnehmung nur so vor sich hinrast – ein Gefühl konstanter Nervosität und unentwegter Beschleunigung. Verbildlicht hat sich diese Zeitwahrnehmung in der unentwegt, gnadenlos tickenden Uhr. Dieser Essay ist ein Plädoyer sich dem Thema Zeit aus einem anderen Blickwinkel zu widmen, losgelöst von dem Uhrzeitschema. Als Voraussetzung, um sich dem Thema frei nähern zu können, steht das Verlernen von Uhrzeit. Ein alternatives Konzept, entwickelt als Teil meiner Forschungstätigkeit, basiert auf der Idee des Zeitgebers. Das Denken in gefestigten Kategorien von Stunden, Minuten und Sekunden wird aufgehoben. Anstelle dessen treten Überlegungen zur individuellen, temporalen Schwerpunktsetzung – den entscheidenden Zeitgebern Zeit zu geben.

In Visuelle Zeitgestaltung, Bildwelten des Wissens

Die Bildwelten des Wissens untersuchen aus der Perspektive verschiedener Disziplinen, in welchen Kontexten Bilder ihre konstruktiven und instruktiven Eigenschaften entfalten, auf welchen historischen und theoretischen Entwicklungen sie beruhen und welchen unhintergehbaren Beitrag die konkrete Form visueller Werkzeuge für das Denken und die Erkenntnis leistet. Die thematischen Schwerpunkte der Bände zielen darauf ab, das Feld der Untersuchung systematisch zu erweitern, die Möglichkeiten bildkritischer Analyse auszubauen und damit auch den Blick zu schärfen für die Reichweite und Tiefenwirkung bildlicher Phänomene. Auf diese Weise machen die Bildwelten zugleich bekannt mit neuesten wissenschaftlichen Entwicklungen und wegweisenden Positionen.

Bildwelten des Wissens, Kunsthistorisches Jahrbuch für Bildkritik, Akademie Verlag, De Gruyter. Veröffentlichung von Band 15 in 2018.

Editoren: Claudia Blümle, Claudia Mareis und Christof Windgätter

  The Embodiment of Space   This book chapter discusses the nature of temporality in relation to the future of interior spaces. The physicality of our bodies is the centre of consideration, with the human body clock as parameter for spatial development. This approach disconnects interior spaces from the traditional topology of space. In the project proposal  Circadian Space  predetermined standards of interior design are de-programmed, not only in its functionality but also in the way these spaces are inhabited, offering a future perspective on dwelling.   About Interior Futures   The book presents short, incisive and imaginative chapters and provocation pieces on the future of interiors, discussed in six book sections of habituated, mediated, negotiated, distributed, abstracted and instrumentalised.    Interior Futures  will be published in summer/autumn 2018 by Crucible Press, USA.  Edited by Graeme Brooker, Harriet Harriss and Kevin Walker
       
     

The Embodiment of Space

This book chapter discusses the nature of temporality in relation to the future of interior spaces. The physicality of our bodies is the centre of consideration, with the human body clock as parameter for spatial development. This approach disconnects interior spaces from the traditional topology of space. In the project proposal Circadian Space predetermined standards of interior design are de-programmed, not only in its functionality but also in the way these spaces are inhabited, offering a future perspective on dwelling.

About Interior Futures

The book presents short, incisive and imaginative chapters and provocation pieces on the future of interiors, discussed in six book sections of habituated, mediated, negotiated, distributed, abstracted and instrumentalised. 

Interior Futures will be published in summer/autumn 2018 by Crucible Press, USA.

Edited by Graeme Brooker, Harriet Harriss and Kevin Walker

  Feature in Domus 027, Die Stadt und der Mensch   Neue Forschungen im Design: 'Über Nirgend-Zeit' von Uta Brandes  Domus, Deutsche Ausgabe, September/Oktober 2017
       
     

Feature in Domus 027, Die Stadt und der Mensch

Neue Forschungen im Design: 'Über Nirgend-Zeit' von Uta Brandes

Domus, Deutsche Ausgabe, September/Oktober 2017

  Uchronia: Time at the Intersection of Time, Chronosociology and Chronobiology      ABSTRACT: The societal transformation from an agricultural to an urbanised 24/7 society, reflected in a move from natural time to the mechanical clock to the contemporary digital age, has significantly influenced our daily biological and social rhythms. Modern technology has fostered an increasing temporal fragmentation, heralding an era of flexible time with ever more complex processes of synchronisation. These inhumane rhythms conflict with the natural rhythmicity of the human biological clock.  This thesis investigates the potential of new perceptions of time through the application of uchronia — a term derived from the Greek word ou-chronos meaning ‘no time’ or ‘non-time’, and from utopia, from the Greek ou-topos. This research is situated within contemporary debates on the nature of temporality, often denoted as time crisis or dyschronia. It investigates uchronia as temporal utopia and in the way it generates insights about our knowledge of contemporary temporality.  The research develops an original uchronian methodology and applications of uchronian thinking in practice-led design research, intertwining design, chronobiological and chronosociological research to propose a new area of chronodesign.  Through design practice, I explore how scientific research can be translated into lived, aesthetic experience. The methods range from critical and speculative design (thought experiments), artistic research (unlearning methods), to methods drawn from chronobiological research (zeitgeber method). I investigate practical work which challenges thought patterns regarding the temporal structure of contemporary life, in which participants explore alternative time-givers or synchronisers, in order to think outside the boundaries of clocks and calendars.  By providing a broadened definition of uchronianism, I aim to establish uchronia as a platform for critical thought and debate on the contemporary time crisis, with chronodesign as a practical design initiative.  Upcoming Publication by Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, Switzerland PhD Thesis, Royal College of Art, London, 2017
       
     

Uchronia: Time at the Intersection of Time, Chronosociology and Chronobiology   

ABSTRACT: The societal transformation from an agricultural to an urbanised 24/7 society, reflected in a move from natural time to the mechanical clock to the contemporary digital age, has significantly influenced our daily biological and social rhythms. Modern technology has fostered an increasing temporal fragmentation, heralding an era of flexible time with ever more complex processes of synchronisation. These inhumane rhythms conflict with the natural rhythmicity of the human biological clock.

This thesis investigates the potential of new perceptions of time through the application of uchronia — a term derived from the Greek word ou-chronos meaning ‘no time’ or ‘non-time’, and from utopia, from the Greek ou-topos. This research is situated within contemporary debates on the nature of temporality, often denoted as time crisis or dyschronia. It investigates uchronia as temporal utopia and in the way it generates insights about our knowledge of contemporary temporality.

The research develops an original uchronian methodology and applications of uchronian thinking in practice-led design research, intertwining design, chronobiological and chronosociological research to propose a new area of chronodesign.

Through design practice, I explore how scientific research can be translated into lived, aesthetic experience. The methods range from critical and speculative design (thought experiments), artistic research (unlearning methods), to methods drawn from chronobiological research (zeitgeber method). I investigate practical work which challenges thought patterns regarding the temporal structure of contemporary life, in which participants explore alternative time-givers or synchronisers, in order to think outside the boundaries of clocks and calendars.

By providing a broadened definition of uchronianism, I aim to establish uchronia as a platform for critical thought and debate on the contemporary time crisis, with chronodesign as a practical design initiative.

Upcoming Publication by Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, Switzerland PhD Thesis, Royal College of Art, London, 2017

  The Embodiment of Time   The chapter investigates the terminology ‘digital bodies’ in relation to our temporal existence. Here the body is not extended or enhanced, but reconfigured through the embodiment of today’s temporal system. This system is undergoing perpetual change, especially influenced and altered by new technologies. Subsequently, these digital technologies are shaping our temporal experience, and play a determining part in forming and reconfiguring us to who we are, as digital bodies.   I argue for an understanding and re-activation of bodily rhythms through artistic practice.    About Digital Bodies   This book explores technologies related to bodily interaction and creativity from a multi-disciplinary perspective. By taking such an approach, the collection offers a comprehensive view of digital technology research that both extends our notions of the body and creativity through a digital lens, and informs of the role of technology in practices central to the arts and humanities. Crucially, Digital Bodies foregrounds creativity, the interrogation of technologies and the notion of embodiment within the various disciplines of art, design, performance and social science. In doing so, it explores a potential or virtual new sense of the embodied self. This book will appeal to academics, practitioners and those with an interest in not only how digital technologies affect the body, but also how they can enhance human creativity.  Hardback  Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology  English  Edited by  Susan Broadhurst and Sara Price, 2017
       
     

The Embodiment of Time

The chapter investigates the terminology ‘digital bodies’ in relation to our temporal existence. Here the body is not extended or enhanced, but reconfigured through the embodiment of today’s temporal system. This system is undergoing perpetual change, especially influenced and altered by new technologies. Subsequently, these digital technologies are shaping our temporal experience, and play a determining part in forming and reconfiguring us to who we are, as digital bodies. I argue for an understanding and re-activation of bodily rhythms through artistic practice. 

About Digital Bodies

This book explores technologies related to bodily interaction and creativity from a multi-disciplinary perspective. By taking such an approach, the collection offers a comprehensive view of digital technology research that both extends our notions of the body and creativity through a digital lens, and informs of the role of technology in practices central to the arts and humanities. Crucially, Digital Bodies foregrounds creativity, the interrogation of technologies and the notion of embodiment within the various disciplines of art, design, performance and social science. In doing so, it explores a potential or virtual new sense of the embodied self. This book will appeal to academics, practitioners and those with an interest in not only how digital technologies affect the body, but also how they can enhance human creativity.

Hardback Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology English

Edited by  Susan Broadhurst and Sara Price, 2017

  Moment Cards      Each of the following cards tells you a short story. These stories symbolise certain experiences in time, which could happen to you, to me or to anyone. They are followed up by a theoretical analysis, with topics ranging from ‘hyperacceleration’, ‘proper time’, ‘polar inertia’ to ‘social jet lage’ .  Dr Helga Schmid, 2013
       
     

Moment Cards   

Each of the following cards tells you a short story. These stories symbolise certain experiences in time, which could happen to you, to me or to anyone. They are followed up by a theoretical analysis, with topics ranging from ‘hyperacceleration’, ‘proper time’, ‘polar inertia’ to ‘social jet lage’ .

Dr Helga Schmid, 2013

  Feature in Typography Sketchbooks   Selected by the worlds most knowledgeable and well-connected graphic design commentator, Steven Heller, this survey gets into the minds of designers who create typefaces, word-images and logos through their private sketchbooks. Arranged by designer, it reveals how the worlds leading designers and typographers continually strive to find new and exciting ways of communicating through letters and words, and provides fascinating insights into their work.    Paperback , Thames &Hudson  Edited by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico, 2012
       
     

Feature in Typography Sketchbooks

Selected by the worlds most knowledgeable and well-connected graphic design commentator, Steven Heller, this survey gets into the minds of designers who create typefaces, word-images and logos through their private sketchbooks. Arranged by designer, it reveals how the worlds leading designers and typographers continually strive to find new and exciting ways of communicating through letters and words, and provides fascinating insights into their work. 

Paperback, Thames &Hudson

Edited by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico, 2012