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I.N.S.E.C.T—Summercamp: Developing Multispecies Design Perspectives, Practices, and Discourse Through Co-creating (in) Community

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We present the two-part I.N.S.E.C.T Summercamp 2022, which aimed to connect designers and researchers who are invested in multispecies perspectives for design. Co-creation was used as a strategy for organizational purposes and co-creation methods played a major role to promote innovative outcomes and strengthen the ownership of solutions and trust among participants. The two parts of the summercamp followed different strategies for co-creating the facilitation and organization of the camp experiences and led, to different degrees, to co-creation that continues beyond the duration of the camp. We apply Bentzen’s conceptual framework, “a continuity perspective on co-creation” as a means to map, describe, and reflect upon the levels, phases, and the roles of involvement of organizers, and human and non-human participants (2022). Part 1 (Case 1) was organized with the focus on designing-for, whereas Part 2 (Case 2) centered around ways of being-with other living beings, i.e., insects. Through this case study, we present and discuss a program and two formats that are based on human co-creation and that allow us to engage with our own and other species more deeply. Thereby we strengthen the field of multispecies design and respond to one of the biggest challenges designers face today: integrating post-anthropocentric perspectives into their work.

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Materials and part of the technical equipment used during the first part of the I.N.S.E.C.T. Summercamp on “Interspecies Exploration by Bio-Digital Manufacturing Technologies” were funded by Connected Everything UK and HBBE Engagement Fund for Mycology for Architecture Special Interest Group. The second part “Towards Multispecies Worldings as an Everyday Design Practice” was supported by the Danish Arts Foundation under the program Craft and Design Projects in Denmark and Abroad. The project is part of Svenjas postdoctoral research “Designing and Living with Organisms,” which is financed by the Swedish Research Council (Reference number 2020-00459) and involves the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) at The Royal Danish Academy and the Smart Textile Design Lab at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås. The project is part of Asyas doctoral thesis, under the tentative title “Living Architecture for Honeybees,” which is supported by the Field of Excellence “Complexity of Life in Basic Research and Innovation” (COLIBRI) at the University of Graz and the EU H2020 FET-Proactive project “HIVEOPOLIS” (no. 824069).

Participants in the 2022 Insect Camp included Part 1 Participants: Ariel Lim, Colleen Ludwig, Dan Parker, Lera Niemackl, Mamoun Nukumanu, Natalia Piórecka, Olatz Pereda, Hana Vasatko, Danvy Vu. And Part 2 Participants: Katerina Cerná, Lara Campos, Victoria Löwy, Mariel Dougoud, Frank Hendersont, Clara Acioli, Olatz Pereda Bados, Iris Bekkers, Shih Wei Chieh, Harish Daruari, Lily Hunter Green, Catherine Greiner, Ozge Gonlugur, Shams Hazim, Tincuta Heinzel, Beata Hemer, Anne-Kathrin Kühner, Lotte Nystrup Lund, Jakub Mica, Jussi Mikkonen, Aurélie Mosse, Anna Schröder, Jasmin Sermonet, Anton Poikolainen Rosén, Kuai Shen, Joana Coronel Soler, Luise Stark, Hana Vašatko, Rūta Žemčugovaitė.

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Keune, S., Ilgun, A., Ludwig, C. (2023). I.N.S.E.C.T—Summercamp: Developing Multispecies Design Perspectives, Practices, and Discourse Through Co-creating (in) Community. In: Mostafa, M., Baumeister, R., Thomsen, M.R., Tamke, M. (eds) Design for Inclusivity. UIA 2023. Sustainable Development Goals Series. Springer, Cham.

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