The Aesthetics of ecological engagement: graphic objects #01 & #02

Dissemination | Research through design

Experimentation #02 for pragmatic aesthetics-driven design for ecology

juin 2021

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These are graphic objects that I am experimenting with to disseminate, test and experiment practically the knowledge that I produced in my thesis on « The Aesthetics of ecological engagement. » So the fanzine production process is also an attempt to apply the typology that I am presenting in the fanzine.




The second graphic object I experimented with is a fanzine printed with Risography. This technique is one of the most ecological printing and has a particular aesthetics. I had to learn how to build a Risography file. In the fanzine, I tried to explain briefly each aesthetic property that I identified in my thesis with text, photography, and drawing. I kept the connection with the photographic data that allowed me partially to build the typology. The reader can discover where and which real-world situation allowed me to identify this knowledge. There is also an evaluation framework for design projects and an evaluation framework for the fanzine itself, as it is also an RtD tool. 

The fanzine is now under test. I built a digital feedback tool to collect the data. 



I tried to translate the typology built in my Ph.D. thesis through a poster for this first try. I admit that I was very interested in enrolling in a screen printing class because I felt the connection between my results and bodily engaged printing techniques. The training became an excuse to create this first graphic translation in only five sessions (illustrations, learn the method & print). The main idea is to communicate this scientific intuitive, and practical knowledge through various graphic tools. I would like to remember my interpretation of Alfred Gell’s work about building a community and disseminating culture: you need to share several and plural non-humans produced by the human community to share and create sustainable connections with the environment (milieu). I integrated Gell’s approach both in the typology content (when I was studying counter-culture practices in the field) and my Ph.D. knowledge dissemination strategy.

First informal feedbacks are definitively for the development of more detailed graphic content. I mean, design students, the general public, or people who saw this work needed to know more about the 13 properties. They asked for more content, arguments, and explanation of what the 13 mean even their use is open to interpretation. The poster appeared quite an extreme summary of the thesis. So the following dissemination tool that I am developing is a « fanzine. » You can discover the results the 16 June 2021 during my conference at the New Experimental Research in Design Conference organized by the Board of International Research in Design.