Danielle Wilde is Associate Professor of Embodied Design at the University of Southern Denmark, Kolding (SDU). Her research aims to understand how designing with, for and through the full sensorial richness of the human body might transform how design unfolds in a more-than-human world.
Current research investigates:
- biology as a design material
- the use of 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, Wilde leads the BodyBioSoft Lab, within the SDU Maker Lab at Pakhuset on the harbour in Kolding. The BodyBioSoft Lab affords practice-based research through garment engineering and construction, wearable technologies, wearable biologies and designerly engagement with science. It supports designers in residence, and is part of the Nordic/Baltic DIYBio Network
Concurrent to her work at SDU, Wilde is also: Adjunct Professor in the School of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University, Melbourne, AU; Associate Research Fellow at WAAG Society for Art, Science and Technology, Amsterdam, NL; and represents Denmark on the European Network for Environmental Citizenship (ENEC) Cost Action 16299.
Wilde’s work spans material, technology and design innovation; poetics, performativity, participation and play; fashion, wearables and body-based technologies; health, wellness, ability and creativity; and design thinking. Key concerns include:
- 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
- poetics and
To prompt a reappraisal of the body and embodied relationships to material, technological and biological innovation in socially and ecologically evolving landscapes. In particular, by investigating:
- how one might incite people to move and extend themselves physically and imaginatively, using all of their senses and abilities
- the value of divergent thinking, abilities, bodies and expression
- the idiosyncratic nature of relationships to bodies, materials and technologies
- the importance of considering personal, social, political, ethical and ecological concerns, from a wide range of perspectives
- the roles that art, design and performance might play when engaging with material, technological and biological innovation
- how design might evolve in the 21st Century and beyond
Wilde has been based in Kolding since December 1, 2014.
Before moving to Denmark she donated her electronics to Media Lab Melbourne, her circus equipment (via Anni Davey of Circus Oz) to Sosina Wogayehu’s GAMO Circus School of Ethiopia, and her Japanese fabrics and sewing bits and pieces to the fabulous Tania Spława-Neyman, to glean or give away.
She then rode her 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). She finished the trip having had her 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: