I had the chance to hold a short presentation at this years DHCH conference in Rome. I was asked by my lab if I want to talk about prototypes and prototyping, because this year’s conference subject was “Digital Methods”. Abstract and full text can be found here: From methods to practice.

Rome was hot. We had a stable 30-35C during the day without wind and trapped in a busy city. Compared to my hometown that was a good 10C hotter then I grew up with. There was also a lot of socialising going on. That takes energy but I had a good time, probably even making new friends, late night in the streets.

I’m not sure that my presentation worked that well. I had too much in there, maybe also asked too much from the participants. A conference-fatigue set in that afternoon and people were looking towards the wrap-up. Not having much feedback on my presentation left me a bit struggling afterwards, overthinking and doubting an academic career. A good talk with a friend helped a lot in that regard, dissecting what went wrong and where there was some value.

I learned a lot in the preparation for this talk. Things that I will have to chew on for the coming month as well. There is much value in analysing things from a non-human point of view. But then again I’d rather go with Jane Bennet and not with Latour on that one.

Two papers that I went through and found them deeply interesting were about prototypes as epistemic objects (Asante-Agyei, Manfredi, and Erickson 2022), and prototypes and design semiosis (Bofylatos and Spyrou 2017).

What I regret is not taking enough notes during other people’s presentations. I generally have to up my note taking game. Reading and presentations. I have the feeling that I rely too much on my brain to soak it up. It works well, but there are always bits and piece that get lost, which is sad. I guess I have to see note-taking as an important step in working through material and follow this process, and not just something people do for it’s own sake.

Things

When in Rome… photograph pines.

Bibliography

Asante-Agyei, Charis, Louise Manfredi, and Ingrid Erickson. 2022. “Unfolding the Future: Prototypes as Epistemic Objects in Innovation and Collaboration Work,” February.

Bofylatos, Spyros, and Thomas Spyrou. 2017. “Meaning, Knowledge and Artifacts, Giving a Voice to Tacit Knowledge.” The Design Journal 20 (sup1): S4422–S4433. https://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352938.