Extreme Making

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition


This exhibition and conference hub explores the present and future possibilities of doctoral research and education in design through creative practice research, located in making and materials, critical theory and history, and by identifying ways in which new knowledge emerges in studio-based inquiry. We use the term ‘extreme making’ to suggest the breadth of practices in design, from established craft skills and techniques to smart technologies and materials, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and systems design. As new technologies of making generate new forms of practice, we recognise a related expansion of methods associated with design research and intrinsic to doctoral research. This ‘methodological pluralism’ (Borgdoff, 2019) presents the field with exciting possibilities. At the same time, critical themes in doctoral design research and education have intensified over the past twenty-five years to encompass climate injustice, identity politics, sustainable, cyclical, slow-growth economics, and human and more-than-human relationships. We also recognise that new articulations of worldviews, such as New Materialism, combined with practice research, impact the normative forms of doctoral submission, examination, and claims to contribution to knowledge. If, as Rosie Braidotti has surmised, we are facing a whole ‘new paradigm’ in critical theory, we want to discover how doctoral research and education might best use theoretical knowledge attached to design histories, particularly in critical and speculative design. Conversely, in what ways are doctoral candidates in design framing futuring and world-making as research? These themes are vital to the practice and quality of doctoral research in design yet pose a particular set of challenges and opportunities for supervisors and candidates. Therefore, we invite delegates to join us in exploring the lively and diverse possibilities of doctoral research and education in design and welcome submissions from doctoral students, early career researchers, supervisors, and senior researchers.
Period16 Oct 202320 Oct 2023
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational