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James Auger

PhD Work

The PhD thesis builds on previous research experience to formalise the methodology of Speculative Design. The robot is the basis for the study, facilitating an examination of three hypothetical journeys that an emerging technology can make: as visions of the future that fail to materialise; as real products in everyday life; and as plausible artefacts of the future, developed through Speculative Design. The design output of the PhD is a series of projects presenting alternative domestic robots and analysing their development and materialisation.

Info

  • James Auger
  • PhD

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    Design Interactions, 2008–2012

  • The PhD thesis builds on previous research experience to formalise the methodology of Speculative Design. The robot is the basis for the study, facilitating an examination of three hypothetical journeys that an emerging technology can make: as visions of the future that fail to materialise; as real products in everyday life; and as plausible artefacts of the future, developed through Speculative Design. The design output of the PhD is a series of projects presenting alternative domestic robots and analysing their development and materialisation.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Product Design, Glasgow School of Art, 1995; MA, Design Products, Royal College of Art, 2001
  • Experience

  • Freelance special effects technician, London, 2005–9; Designer, Issey Miyake Design Studio, Tokyo, 2005; Visiting professor, Haute Ecole D''Art et de Design, Geneva, 2009–present; Tutor/researcher, Royal College of Art, London, 2005–present
  • Exhibitions

  • Talk to Me, MoMA, New York, 2011; What If?, National Museum of China, Beijing, 2011; New Energy in Art and Design, Van Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam, 2012; Sublime Gadgets, Design Project Room, Geneva, 2013
  • Awards

  • Winner, Köln Klopfer, KISD, 2003; Honourable Mention, Interactive Art, Ars Electronica, 2004; Special Mention, VIDA 11 Art and Artificial Life Awards, 2009
  • Conferences

  • 'Why Robot?', Resonate, Belgrade, Serbia, 2013; 'Speculative Design', Provoke, Tokyo Design HUB, 2012; 'Speculative Desig', XX International Design Symposium, Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico, 2012; 'Alternative Presents and Speculative Futures<', Jimmy Loizeau, Human Design or Evolution, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, 2012
  • Publications

  • New Talents – State of the Arts, Hans Maier-Aichen, Aveedition Gmbh, 2009; Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention, BBC, Harper Collins Children's Books, 2010; See Yourself Sensing, Madeline Schwartzman, Black Dog Publishing, 2011; Bio Design: Nature Science Creativity, William Myers, Thames and Hudson LTD, 2013