Commoning Human Waste as Preliminary Exploration into Enlivening Design

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Enlivening design is a novel concept where citizen-designers promote simultaneously
living organisms and revelatory ways of subjectivity development. Here the vital
tension of mutually asserting relationships, desirability, and freedom of choice can
help validate the technical and relational activities involved. This practice conjoins
citizen-designers and scientists around the ecological reintegration of metabolic
wastes and is aimed at bridging our prevalent nature-culture disconnect. The case
study presented explores the transpersonal dynamics behind accepting visceral
materiality and durational commitment which are little understood. This paper
introduces a theoretical and applied understanding of participation design that
embraces aliveness and outlines how in the face of complex issues creative potentials
can be unlocked.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusNot published / presented only - 4 Jun 2020
EventPIVOT 2020: Designing a World of Many Centres: DRS Pluriversal Design SIG - Tulane University, New Orleans, United States
Duration: 4 Jun 2020 → …


ConferencePIVOT 2020: Designing a World of Many Centres
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period4/06/20 → …


  • Enlivening design
  • commoning
  • human urine
  • fermentation
  • Hong Kong


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