My practice examines our planetary material entanglements through hybrid design inquiries. I have recently gravitated towards designing tools, both as a mode of investigation and its outcome, with emphasis on the low-tech. The lines of my current research intersect at the notion of planetary boundaries, non-extractivism, and metabolic production.
Once a lapsed product designer from Wroclaw (PL), then an alumnus of Design Acadamy Eindhoven (2022), now practicing (erratically) as freelance designer and researcher based in Eindhoven (NL).
Within my practice, I investigate my own entanglement in material ecologies and prototype low-res strategies for living within planetary boundaries. This often happens through material-based inquires, and expresses itself in toolkits, protocols, production setups, objects, exhibitions, text, and other formulations. I tend to work towards outcomes that are non-prescriptive, auto-interrogatory, less-extractive, and ready to appropriate.
Lately, I have been exploring the notion of ‘metabolism’ in the context of design production and exhibition-making (with support of Creative Industries Fund NL). My ongoing and past collaborations include Katrin Hornek (A), envisions (NL), and Medialab Matadero.
The idea of computational space or self-computing space stresses, in particular, that the algorithms of machine learning and AI are emergent systems that are based on a mundane and material division of space, time, labor, and social relations. Machine learning emerges from grids that continue ancient abstractions and rituals concerned with marking territories and bodies, counting people and goods; in this way, machine learning essentially emerges from an extended division of social labor. Despite the way it is often framed and critiqued, artificial intelligence is not really “artificial” or “alien”: in the usual mystification process of ideology, it appears to be a deus ex machina that descends to the world like in ancient theater. But this hides the fact that it actually emerges from the intelligence of this world.
I don't believe that technology magically becomes inclusive and value-centred, so any scenario which I birth (and which involves synthetic intelligence) will likely just sound like damage control.