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East meets West

Hey everybody,

IxDA Berlin is back! The topic for our next meeting is „East meets West“ and it is about technology, culture, yesterday, today - and tomorrow. We are very pleased to be joined by Yang Liu and Silvia Lindtner for two immersive talks that will definetely inspire and extend our typical view on work.

As all activities of IxDA we aim to gather the community of interaction designers and all others interested in the field to mingle, learn from each other and push hot topics forward. Hang out, listen to awesome speakers, ask all your questions, and maybe even find a new job opportunity.

But definitely have fun, grab a delicious bite and a free drink (or three) - brought to you by our awesome sponsor Zalando!

We can’t wait to see and chat with you - see you there!

Thomas, Audrey, Kathryn and Jay

Cultural Differences

Yang Liu, Designer and Professor at Berlin Technical Art University

As we dig into the past, we can see that the foundations of art, history and language have played a large role in cultural differences within societies around the world.

As we move around the world from east to west, these cultural differences become a pillar of which each society bases much of their culture on. Gender, culture and time are all factors that play into how social differences are percieved and played out in design today, so how can we all work and design together?

Hacking China: Making as Entrepreneurial Life

Silvia Lindtner, University of Michigan

In this talk, drawing from ethnographic research spanning more than six years, Lindtner traces how a grassroots movement morphed within only five years into a high-stake sociopolitical project aimed at “hacking China”, i.e. opening up supply chains, revamping modes of industrial production for entrepreneurial intervention, and training workforces as creative and flexible knowledge workers.

She examines how the project of hacking China was propelled forward through a transnational imaginary that depicts making as ideally situated to address the pitfalls of the knowledge economy.

Contributing to a line of research invested in the cultural politics of design, global innovation discourse and technology production, Lindtner unpacks how making came to be seen as an intervention into the pitfalls of neoliberal governance by simultaneously critiquing and extending its very logic of self-reliance to include ever more diverse populations.

About our speakers

Yang Liu

Yang Liu was born in 1976 in Beijing. After studying at the University of Arts Berlin (UdK), she worked as a designer in Singapore, London, Berlin, and New York. In 2004 she founded her own design studio, which she continues to run today. In addition to holding workshops and lectures at international conferences, she has taught at numerous universities in Germany and abroad. In 2010 she was appointed a professor at the BTK University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

Her works have won numerous prizes in international competitions and can be found in museums and collections all over the world. Yang Liu lives and works in Berlin.

Silvia Lindtner

Silvia Lindtner is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information, with a courtesy appointment in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Lindtner’s research and teaching interests include transnational networks of innovation and entrepreneurship culture, DIY (do it yourself) making and hacking, science and technology studies in China, and Internet and digital cultures. She is currently writing a book on the culture and politics of “making” and transnational entrepreneurship in urban China. Her research has been awarded support from the US National Science Foundation, IMLS, Intel Labs, Google Anita Borg, and the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation. Her work has appeared at ACM SIGCHI, ACM CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing), ST&HV (Science Technology & Human Values), Games & Culture, China Information, and other venues.

Lindtner is affiliated with several interdisciplinary centers and initiatives on campus including the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, the Science, Technology and Society Program and the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing Research Group, and directs the Tech.Culture.Matters. Research Group. Together with Professor Anna Greenspan and David Li, Lindtner co-directs the Research Initiative Hacked Matter, dedicated to critically investigating processes of technology innovation, urban redesign, and maker-manufacturing cultures in China.

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