“To bring back collectivistic social cultural values, I want to design interfering experiences in public space that shake people awake.”
In society of today, I observe a loss of old social cultural values like sense of community, caring for each other and politeness. Social life is becoming lonelier and more complicated at the same time. I believe that these social cultural values have an important role in society. The fact that people start to live past each other, can be seen in the increase of problems caused by social friction (Jensen, 2004). I want to use this influence of social friction on the everyday to bring back a part of the old cultural values. The (urbanized) world we live in is an interesting place with a lot of undiscovered beauty for most people, my goal is to trigger people to start exploring this world and retrieve some of the lost values.
With regards to the interaction between user and design, I think the bodily skills of a person are of great importance. We experience the world through our body. Our bodily skills are more a criterion to experience the world than a tool (Sennett, 2008). This means that I see the body as a way of valuing the world and create value out of this. This connects to the theory that states that we learn to understand the world through our body (Merleau-Ponty, 1958). If we recover the value that our body has, we eventually will recover who we are ourselves. I interpret the before mentioned world as the environment and society we currently live in.
To achieve explorative behavior, I envision the design of interfering experiences that can work on both a personal and collective level. For this I see a role in open system design that provides the opportunity to create connections between people and systems in the society of today. I hope to achieve this on different levels, from the domestic to the public domain. In this public domain I want to establish a personalized interaction that is part of the bigger environment. e.g. a one-on-one interaction that perceives and anticipates on the environment.