I am an Associate Professor of Embodied Design at the University of Southern Denmark, Kolding (SDU). My research aims to understand how designing with, for and through the full sensorial richness of the human body might transform how design and living unfold in a more-than-human world, positing human embodiment, the climate crisis and the 6th mass extinction as interdependent material issues.

My current research investigates:

  • food as a starting point for thinking
  • biology as a design material
  • embodied, participatory approaches to enrich science society interfaces
  • intertwining food, fibre and fabrics for future wearables
  • design+diversity | ethics+aesthetics across materials, bodies, contexts, and perspectives.

To support this research, I lead the Soft Lab, within the SDU Maker Lab at Pakhuset on the harbour in Kolding. The Soft Lab affords practice-based research through wearable technologies, wearable biologies, designerly engagement with food and DIY biology. The lab welcomes students, researchers and designers in residence, and is part of the Nordic-Baltic State of the Art Network and BioMedia Network, the EU Textile and Clothing Business Labs and WEAR Sustain

Concurrent to my work at SDU, I am Visiting Professor at the Estonian Academy of ARt Doctoral School; I represent Denmark on the committee of the European Network for Environmental Citizenship (ENEC) Cost Action 16299; and am an Adjunct Professor in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University, Melbourne, AU.

concerns

My work spans material, technology and design innovation; poetics, performativity, participation and play; fashion theory; post-disciplinary collaboration; health, wellness, ability and creativity. Key concerns include:

  • building regenerative futures
  • enchantment and ambiguity as resources for design
  • encouraging magical thinking and making strange
  • physical, gestural and sensorial extension
  • co-creation and collaborative imagining
  • emergent performativity
  • convergence
  • poetics and
  • play

aims:

To prompt a reappraisal of the body and embodied relationships to material, technological and biological innovation in socially and ecologically evolving landscapes. In particular:

  • using food to develop future imaginaries
  • inciting people to move and extend themselves physically and imaginatively, using all of their senses and abilities to engage with the world
  • exploring divergent thinking, abilities, bodies, values and expressions
  • the idiosyncratic nature of relationships to bodies, materials, technologies and ecologies
  • divergent personal, social, political, ethical and ecological concerns
  • the roles that art, design, performance and DIY-practices might play when engaging with material, technological and biological innovation
  • how designing and living might evolve in the 21st Century and beyond

activities:

For research activities, see: wilde news

I’ve been based in Kolding since December 1, 2014. Before moving to Denmark I donated my electronics to Media Lab Melbourne, my circus equipment (via Anni Davey of Circus Oz) to Sosina Wogayehu’s GAMO Circus School of Ethiopia, and my Japanese fabrics and sewing bits and pieces to the fabulous Tania Spława-Neyman, to glean or give away. I then rode my (at the time) brand-new BMW G650GS motorbike around and up the centre of Australia (2,000km/7days around Tasmania learning how to ride, then 26,000km/83 days around the mainland). I finished the trip having had my bike and licence for less than a year. A blog account is here: grrrrty.wordpress.com. The pink lines on the map show the journey:

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In Europe, I’ve done six motorbike tours so far, on a G700GS: a Kolding-Weimar-Pottsdam loop in 2015; a Nordic-Baltic loop in 2016; the Alps, via Germany: 6 countries and 30 Alpine passes, in 2017; Scotland, the Pennines, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales (via Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium), in 2018; the Spanish Pyrenees, in 2019; and the Harz Mountains, Luxumbourg and the Ardennes, Belgium, in Summer 2020: