Søren Rosenbak

Søren Rosenbak BWPhD student
E-mail: soren.rosenbak@umu.se
Phone: +46 90-786 88 38

Background

I hold an MA & BA in design from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design (DK) with a year of his MA spent abroad at Media Lab in Aalto University - School of Arts, Design & Architecture (FI). Further, I am a graduate of The European Film College (DK). I have done design work for a diverse range of clients including Audi, Vattenfall, Roskilde Festival, Design Museum Helsinki, The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building and is the proud recipient of the Memefest/Queensland College of Art - Griffith University Award for Imaginative Critical Intervention (2012).

What I do at UID

I contribute to the teaching in the different educations at UID, parallell to carrying out my PhD studies.

Research

Pataphysics, formulated by the French symbolist poet Alfred Jarry in Paris, 1893, clashes with the design discipline in a number of ways. As an inherently useless concept, pataphysics challenges 'usefulness' as a historical design imperative, with further questions arising around how we attribute value to design artefacts and how we consider 'knowledge' in the process of designing. However, at the same breath, design and pataphysics can be characterised through surprising degrees of affinity. In the same manner as pataphysics favours the particular over the general to a point where every instance is understood as an (equivalent) exception, a design solution can be read as an "ultimate particular" (Nelson & Stolterman, 2012). The excitement over this complicated relationship, enjoying a simultaneous state of attraction and repulsion, lies at the heart of my PhD project, where I'm working with the prototyping of a pata-design practice through a series of design experiments. This journey has so far taken me through areas such as impossible printing, metadatamorphosis and urban walking.

My advisors are Johan Redström (Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University) and Carl DiSalvo (Georgia Institute of Technology).

Areas of interest

Critical design practices incl. speculative and critical design, design fictions, pataphysics, the relationship between design & science, data privacy, urban walking, design failures, design anthropology.

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Critical design practices incl. speculative and critical design, design fictions, pataphysics, the relationship between design & science, data privacy, urban walking, design failures, design anthropology.

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