The small or hidden, unrevealed and forgotten have been the priority in this project about how to make a climate issue more relatable to us individually. The acidification of the ocean is one, maybe less known, ecological issue and as for many of the different changes in climate it can be hard to relate to and understand what this really means.
A project exploring co-being and interdependencies with the more-than-human, the microbes. It does this through the medium of fermentation and the (human and non-human) communities embodied in its practices.
This project started with a conversation about my recent concerns as a human being in 2019 embedded within the overlapping realities of climate change, international conflicts between nationalists and immigrants, and my own inquiries into the sense of belonging. I approach this work from a post-humanist and ecofeminist perspective, heavily influenced by the writings of Donna Haraway.
This project is an exploration of how artificial lights are used to create atmospheres in a space, and how they enhance a student’s well-being. The focus is placed on students in Sweden, specifically those in one-room apartments.
Doesn’t design already imply change? Yes, through design we give form to new products (and books, campaigns, services, systems and much more). Through these we also shape and change behaviours, attitudes and even worldviews.
Today it is both formally and globally recognised that both ecological and social systems are in a critical state. We also know that human activities – and not least design, and its associated overconsumption – drive unsustainability. With + Change we want to emphasise the very potential of design to affect change and to extend it. + Change comprises different perspectives on change, such as adaptation, evolution and revolution. For us + Change very much includes examining, challenging and changing the norms that shape the everyday life of individuals as well as society at large. To affect change through design can be about initiatives directed at products, systems or worldviews. We can choose to use design to affect change locally, regionally or globally, and with a focus on ecology, economy, human health and equality, or all of them simultaneously. Altogether + Change is about purposefully using design, and its inherent creativity, in order to achieve changes towards futures of sustainability.
+ Change is not only about what we study and why – it is also about how we do it. + Change pedagogy brings design, artistic expression and theory together. We believe we need students and staff groups to genuinely and in an interdisciplinary manner engage with the complexity of sustainability. Therefore, we have chosen to have an international intake on all our programmes and to deliver them in English. Together we make a + Change culture – dynamic, vibrant, creative and critical.
+ Change database
This is our digital platform where you will find selected Works, News and Features coming from the Linnaeus University’s Design Department. It is a tool for us as students, educators and researchers to share, connect and re-connect ideas for + Change. We continuously work to make our + Change knowledge and practices available and searchable.