"The method 'Co-active co-produciton' made me realise the complexity of my own practice use of materials and gave me a renewed orientation on how to involve regenerative strategies in my practice."


- Participant from the CO-ACT workshop in the Get-restarted conference at the Royal Academy, 2022.

 

 

 

 

"The method 'Relating trhough bodily co-action' helped me gain a deeper understanding and empathy for various user typologies in my project, including living and non-living entities."

 

- Participant from MA course, Preferred futures at Designschool Kolding, 2022.

CO-ACT Multispecies Design in Practice is an artistic research project that explores various sensory approaches comprising visual, auditory, tactile, and kinaes- thetic methods, tools, and recipes for encouraging ethical co-actions among multispecies actors engaged in a design process.

 

As a case, the CO-ACT project examines soil conditions at former and current textile dye sites in Denmark. The purpose of this investigation is to bring attention to the challenges that arise from the intra-action between soils and wastewater generated by textile dye production. Its objective is to advocate for transformative action, particularly in the realm of sensory and multispecies design, to nurture future co-production. Rather than viewing production as a static system, the CO-ACT project embraces the concept of co-production as dynamic and alive, acknowledging the significance of the multispecies actors involved in the design process.

 

With developed learning materials such as the CO-ACT methods and tools, as well as traveling exhibitions, the CO-ACT project advocates for a re-evaluation of design practices, urging the adoption of holistic approaches that foster caring relationships among multispecies actors involved in the design process. Explore the 

 

The CO-ACT project is underpinned by posthuman and regenerative design thinking. These theories have guided the CO-ACT project’s explorations, which aim to examine co-action with multispecies actors in practice. With this book, I encourage you to use and further develop the methods and tools presented here. By sharing new perspectives, experiences, knowledge, and learnings, I aim to inspire you to physically explore multispecies co-action in your process and stimulate your curiosity about using these insights to evolve your practice. Find a link to the online pdf-book below the image.

CO-ACT Multispecies Design in Practice

Artistic research, 2023

Project management by

Projectleader Louise Permiin

 

Supervised by Associate Professor Ulla Ræbild & Lecturer Morten Krogh Petersen 

 

Collaboration

  • Central Denmark Region,
  • The North Denmark Region,
  • PhD & Textile worker, Astrid Colding Sivertsen,
  • Emeritus, Professor Paul Henning Krogh, Ecoscience AAU
  • Soundartist, Robert Rizzi
  • 3D artist, Sarah Trahan

 

Funded by

  • Designskolen Kolding, Lab for sustainability and design

What if multispecies design could help approach soil and its inhabitants as active actors in  future design practices?

Design researcher, educator and consultancy