Katherine Moline is a Senior Lecturer in research practices at UNSW Art & Design. Katherine explores the cross-overs between avant-gardism in visual art and the social pacts of contemporary experimental design. Since co-convening the symposium sds2k4: Experimental and Cross-Cultural Design (2004), she curated the exhibition Connections: Experimental Design (2007) and introduced international leaders in experimental and speculative critical design to Australian audiences. More recent exhibitions she has curated since completing a PhD in Art History include Feral Experimental at UNSW Galleries, Sydney (2014), Experimental Practice: Provocations in and Out of Design at RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne (2015), and Experimental Thinking: Design Practices at Griffith University Gallery, Brisbane (2015). Katherine’s art practice investigates how design processes and technologies can be diverted to the production of experiential and conceptual interactions. Current research projects include a critical review of research methodologies in art and design, a series of experimental workshops on social practices with mobile telephones and CCTV, and a number of ongoing systems artworks. Katherine was awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Supervision, College of Fine Arts, UNSW in 2009.
Deepa Butoliya is a PhD student in Design Studies at Carnegie Mellon University with a background in Architecture and Industrial Design. She worked for several architectural firms in India before transitioning to Industrial Design and working with Jindal Architecture Ltd., MIT development lab and Havells Sylvania India Ltd. …Deepa has also received MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago and has taught Industrial Design undergraduate classes at UIC's School of Design. …She is interested in Speculative and Critical Design and wants to explore further her own theories and tools for research in this domain.
Ahmed Ansari taught courses in interaction and game design, the philosophy of technology, and cultural and media theory at several academic institutions in Karachi before coming to Pittsburgh to pursue his PhD in Design Studies at CMU. A member of the Decolonizing Design collective, he is now involved in studying and thinking about techno-social relationality and different ways of conceiving space and technology, especially in relation to ideas of immunology, excess, and logics of hybridity and coloniality. A Fulbright scholar, he has an MDes in Interaction Design from CMU, and a BDes in Communication Design from IVSAA, Karachi.