Experiential Knowledge Special Interest Group Conference (EKSIG Conference)*

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The biennial Experiential Knowledge Special Interest Group Conference (EKSIG Conference), organized by the Design Research Society’s Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge, initially the International Conference on Experiential Knowledge (EKC), organized by members of the Experiential Knowledge Project of the University of Hertfordshire, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, aims to provide a forum for debate about the multi faceted, multi sensory and multi modal possibilities of communicating knowledge in the creative disciplines.

Conference History:

EKSIG Conference 2019, 23–24 September 2019, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Conference Theme: Knowing together, experiential knowledge and collaboration

    Keynotes:
    Embodied and Empathic Knowledge – intuiting experience and life in architecture, Juhani Pallasmaa
    Things We Could Design – a posthuman exploration

    Strand 1: Handmade and Digital Crafts in Collaboration
    Deciphering the Craft of the Laser Cutter
    From Personal to Ultra-Personalized
    A Visual Programming Interface as the Common Platform for Sharing Embodied Knowledge

    Strand 2: Making as Action of Change
    Collaborative Ecologies through Material Entanglements
    “Poke it with a Stick”, Using Autoethnography in Research through Design
    Improvisation: Autonomy, Heteronomy and Wilful Naïveté

    Strand 3: Collaboration towards Sustainability
    Redirecting Textile Knowledge; An Innovative Approach to Recycling
    Interdisciplinary Collaboration as a Framework for Creating Future Materials: Hacking Silk Case Study
    MYCELIUM Exploring the New, Alternative Fungal Hyphae-Based Material’s Potentials
    Sustainability Principles through Educational E-Textile Kit

    Strand 4: Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration
    An Interactive Playmat to Support Bonding between Parents and Young Children with Visual (and Intellectual) Disabilities
    Magic Lining: Crafting Multidisciplinary Experiential Knowledge by Changing Wearer’s Body-Perception through Vibrotactile Clothing
    Sharing heritage restoration expertise: The UNESCO Creative Cities Network as opportunity of creative development for Kuldīga

    Strand 5: Collaboration and Knowledge Transfer
    BeWeDō® Kenkyukai: Small Moves Can Set Big Ideas in Motion
    Knowing Together in Correspondence: The Meal as a Stage for Bildung
    When Art meets Science: Conditions for Experiential Knowledge Exchange in Interdisciplinary Research on New Materials
    Towards Actionable Forms of Communicating and Sharing Design Knowledge

    Showcases & Demos

EKSIG Conference 2017, 19-20 June 2017, Delft University of Technology, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Conference Theme: Alive. Active. Adaptive.

    Keynotes:
    Self-repairing cities
    Hedonic design
    Growing Fungal Futures

    PLENARY SESSIONS

    Alive. Active. Adaptive:
    ‘Grow-Made’ Textiles
    Interlacing Surfaces: Relating Tim Ingold’s Understanding of Material with Material in Interface and Interaction Design
    Experience Prototyping Smart Material Composites

    PARALLEL SESSIONS

    Living Materials:
    Tinkering with Mycelium. A case study.
    In-between of Two and Three Dimensions: Development of Fashion Pattern Cutting for Bio-fabric
    Transforming textile expressions by using plants to integrate growth, wilderness and decay into textile structures for interior
    Growing materials for product design

    Revived Materials:
    The Plastic Bakery: A Case of Material Driven Design
    Design from Recycling
    Upcycling Reclaimed Wood, a Preliminary Analysis
    Exploring new material characteristics by combining textile waste with biobased plastics

    Material Design Tools:
    Tangible opportunities: Designing material studies and toolkits for school-aged children
    A new approach to materials in Product Design education – A shift from technical properties towards sensorial characteristics
    Sustainable materials in design projects
    Five Kingdoms of DIY Materials for Design
    Developing Future Wearable Concepts using Archival Research and E-textiles
    Textile Choreographies: Bridging Physical and Digital Domains in the Context of Architectural Design Radically Relational: Using Textiles as a Platform to
    Develop Methods for Embodied Design Processes

    Phenomenal Materials:
    Air and Mimetics: Making Form, Playing Form and Form in Motion
    An experimental approach for the inclusion of the experiential aspects of lighting through the design process of atmospheric luminaires
    Synthetic. Reflective. Mnemonic speculations on the materiality of the hybrid real

    Responsive Materials:
    On the Surface of Things: Experiential Properties of the Use of Craft Materials on Interactive Artefacts
    Uncovering Digital Craft Methods in the Design of Enhanced Objects and Surfaces
    Signals as Material: From Knitting Sensors to Sensory Knits
    Smart thermoregulating garments

EKSIG Conference 2015, 25-26 November 2015, Design School Kolding & University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark
Conference Theme: Tangible Means – experiential knowledge through materials

    Keynotes:
    The socio-materiality of Creativity
    Design For Material Experiences
    Harvested and Grown: the rise of a new bio-materiality

    Plenary Sessions:

    MEANS
    Crafting Material Innovation
    Temporal Patterns: New Forms of Material Thinking in Textile Design
    Viewing Fashion: A Digital Materiality of the Moving Image

    OXYMORONS
    Processes of Artefact Creation in the Hybrid-Reality Engaging with Materials through Material Oxymorons
    Service Prototyping and Organizational Transformation: Playing with the Potential Problems and Solutions
    Illuminativa: The Resonance of the Unseen

    Parallel Sessions:

    TOUCH
    Why Making Matters: An Exploration of Neurobiological Perspectives on Woodcarving
    Materials in footwear: an empirical study of hands-on textile approaches to sandal design
    Context Construction through Material Perceptions: Experiences from an Explorative Workshop
    Epistemic Mutations: Material Object Engagement in Exhibition Making

    ELEMENTS
    Designing with an Underdeveloped Computational Composite for Materials Experience
    Open Structures: Designing 3D Printed Alterable Textiles
    How to Visually Represent the Colour Theory of Thermochromic Inks
    Alabaster Chambers: Sacred Folds

    HANDS-ON
    Kindness as a Collective Wish to Co-Design with Communities using Physical Installation
    The Role of Doing and Making Models with Materials: Outlining “Designerly and Human-centred Entrepreneurship”
    Toy Trucks in Video Analysis

    MATERIALS
    Counterculture, Ju-jitsu and Emancipation of Wood
    Materials Driven Architectural Design and Representation
    Material Knowledge: Unlocking the Research Potential of the ‘Micro’ Architectural Practice

    BUILDING
    Digital Crafting in the Field of Ceramics
    A Framework for Materials Knowledge Acquisition for Designers
    MADEC: Exploring New Methodologies to Transfer Material Knowledge into Design Disciplines
    Making sense of dress: On Sensory Perspectives of Wardrobe Research

    PATINA
    Materia Prima: The Rough Guide
    Choreography of Surface Materiality from Nature, Culture, and Time
    Exploring the Relationship Between Material and Textile Structure in Creating Changing Textile Expressions
    Materials, Time and Emotion: How Materials Change in Time?

EKSIG Conference 2013, 4-5 July 2013, Loughborough University, UK
Conference Theme: Knowing Inside Out – experiential knowledge, expertise and connoisseurship

    Keynotes:
    Skill and the next phase of Modernity
    Looking in the right place: What the study of the micro-structures of design activities tells us about design expertise and collaboration skills
    Connoisseurship and the Design of Contemporary Educational Media

    Strand 1: Expert’s Embodied Knowledge
    Designerly Ways of Knowing and Doing: Design Embodiment and Experiential Design Knowledge
    Transferring Disability Experience to Design Practice
    Matrixiating Knowledge

    Strand 2: Understanding & Articulating Experience
    Bringing Action into View: Provocation and Ambiguity in Touch and Talk Sessions
    DnA: Design and Art Research Methodologies – Understanding the Way We Work
    Drawn Threads: Drawing as a Visual Methodology to Enhance Qualitative Studies

    Strand 3: Objects, Expertise and Connoisseurship
    Aesthetic Experience and Design Expertise
    Developing Expertise and Connoisseurship through Handling Objects of ‘Good Design’: the Example of the I.L.E.A./Camberwell Collection
    Design History, Connoisseurship and Sustainability: Object Lessons and Collecting as Learning Tools for Designers

    Strand 4: Performativity & Research Process
    Generating Space to Articulate the Value of an Artists’ Practice
    Accessing Experiential Knowledge through Dance-Writing
    Participatory Art Based Research as a Tool to Restructure Notions of Participating Second Generation Immigrant Youth

    Strand 5: Nature of Experiential Knowledge
    The Interplay between Experiential and Theoretical Knowledge in Service design
    Making the Tacit Explicit: Developing Tools to Support Collaboration During Industrial Design and Engineering Design Practice
    An Investigation of Spatially Fluid Knowledge within the Retail System
    Knowing: Inside/Insider Knowledge, Outside/Outsider Knowledge

    Strand 6: Design Expertise
    The Expertness of Accounts of Typeface Design: Locating the Emic and Etic
    Rendering the Tacit Observable in the Learning Process of a Changing Body
    Crafting Expertise
    Metaphors in Design: An Analysis of How We Represent Design Expertise

    Strand 7: Contemporary Connoisseurship
    Connoisseurship as a Substitute for User Research? The Case of the Swiss Watch Industry
    Controversy and Debate within Social Media: Can Museums Improve 21st Century Democracy?
    Improving Brand Recognition through Sensory Design: A Case Study of H&M

    Strand 8: Experiential Knowledge & Education
    Experiences on Developing Intuitive Thinking among University-Level Teachers
    Developing Intuitive Thinking in Designers: Creative Process and Criticism in Tertiary Foundation Studies
    Global Creativity: Intercultural ‘Hands-On’ Workshops for Pre-Service Primary Art Teachers

EKSIG Conference 2011, 23-24 June 2011, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham Castle, UK
Conference Theme: SkinDeep – experiential knowledge and multi sensory communication

    Keynotes:
    Exploring style’s deep-rooted expression of both self and society
    The potency contained in the vessels

    Strand 1: Articulating Experience
    Drawing and Intellectualism: Contested Paradigms of Knowledge
    doing and talking: articulating craft
    Understanding the experience of the amateur maker

    Strand 2: Touching the Senses
    Touch Stories: Engaging with the intimacy of materials through touch
    Olfact – On A Pedagogy of Curiosity ©
    The role of the Textile Materials Library

    Strand 3: Design Process
    Social Tagging as a Collecting Knowledge Strategy in the Engi-neering Design Change Process
    Innovation in Knowledge Exchange
    Assisting Conjoint Trend Analysis with Virtual Reality

    Strand 4: Performance & Motion
    Experiential knowledge and improvisation: Variations on movement, motion, emotion
    A Case Study: Articulating Embodied Practice with Poise
    Staging multi-modal explorative research using formalised techniques of performing arts

    Strand 5: Sustainability
    Technical and Reflective Rationality and Craft Practice
    Recoding abandoned products: student visual designers experiment to sustain product lives
    Transformative Learning in Sustainable Design Education

    Strand 6: Space & Motion
    Generating tacit knowledge through motion: A vision on the matter of space
    The educational spatial connoisseur as the spatial critic
    Building on cultural spaces and places for enhancing the intuitive capabilities of students of business and management

    Challenges & Roundtable Discussions:
    Intention: Reality is ideal
    Proposition: Stress Free
    Incredibles: an artistic investigation into the ‘embodiment’ of material culture

EKSIG Conference 2009, 19 June 2009, London Metropolitan University, London, UK
Conference Theme: Experiential Knowledge, Method and Methodology

    Keynotes:
    Sources of creativity in the ultimate design studio, the brain
    Professional artistry

    Strand 1: Methodologies & Experiential Knowledge
    Capturing Tacit Knowledge
    Creative professional practice in methods and methodology
    Experiential Knowledge and Knowing: a Research Model from Psychology

    Strand 2: Communicating Experiential Knowledge
    The power of visual approaches in qualitative inquiry
    Graphic design pedagogy: Employing reflection…
    The Conversational Self: An approach for using personal journals

    Strand 3: Social
    Disturbance, Dialogue & Metaphor
    Knowledge, experience & art in an innovative community-based study

    Strand 4: Design
    Facilitated articulation of implicit knowledge in textile design
    Experiential Knowledge Representation and the Design of Product Usability

    Strand 5: Craft
    Diversity in the design processes of studio jewellers
    A Search for Unpredictable Relationships

    Panel & Plenary Discussion

EKC Conference 2007, 29 June 2007, University of Hertfordshire
Conference Theme: New Knowledge in the Creative Disciplines
(in collaboration with London Metropolitan University)

    Keynotes:
    The Stone that was Cast Out: The Aesthetic Basis of Human Meaning and Understanding

    Position Papers:
    Praxis and the reflexive creative practitioner
    Thinking with Art: ‘Doing’ Knowledge
    Experiential Learning in Practice as Research: Context, Method, Knowledge
    Knowledge Creation, Business, and Art: Exploring the Contradictions and Commonalities
    Top-Down and Bottom-Up Approaches to Actor Training
    Tacit Knowledge, Explicability and Creativity – A Study of the Australian Film Industry
    Developing University-Based Design Research – a Pilot Study towards a Knowledge Management System for Design Research
    Transferring and Transforming Design Knowledge
    Using art practice to argue Human Rights issues

    Panel & Plenary Discussion

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