Nina Paim

Brazilian designer, researcher, and curator Nina Paim (b. 1986) holds a BA in Graphic Design from Gerrit Rietveld Academie (NL) and an MA in Design Research from HKB Bern (CH). She has taught and lectured in Aruba, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, France, Italy, Portugal, the UK, the US, and Switzerland. In 2014, she curated the exhibition Taking a Line for a Walk at the 26th Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, for which she received a Swiss Design Award in 2015. She co-conceived and edited the book Taking a Line for a Walk, published by Spector Books Leipzig in 2016 and supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Between 2017 and 2018 she was the program curator of the Swiss Design Network conference Beyond Change: Questioning the role of design in times of global transformation. In 2018, she co-founded the non-profit design research practice “common-interest.” As part of common-interest, she curated the exhibition Department of Non-Binaries at the inaugural 2018 Fikra Graphic Design Biennial in Sharjah (UAE), which is currently nominated for a Swiss Design Award.

common-interest (Corinne Gisel & Nina Paim) is a non-profit design research practice, operating at the intersection of knowledge production, exchange, and mediation. We conceive, organize, and produce texts, publications, exhibitions, workshops, events, and more. We use design as both a lens to critically look at the world, a tool to bring people together, and as a means to make socially relevant insights public. To us, design research is an activist tool for issue advocacy, collectivity building, and commoning knowledge. Our projects focus on social justice, untold and marginalized stories, and environmental issues. In all that we do, we strive to nurture and empower cross-cultural exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration and are committed to a fair, transparent, and inclusive ethos of working.

Stripping Down and Dressing Up – Dress Cultures at Black Mountain College and HfG Ulm

Track 1: Learning Practices
Date: Day 1 – 14:30
Location: Neufert-Mansion, Gelmeroda
Language: English

Volatility—extremes of high and low, temporal scales between the geological and digital, varying thresholds of toxicity, safety, poverty—these are the differentials that in contemporary societies are the very mediums for financial speculation and ubiquitous computing. This talk will examine how concepts of resilience from ecology, ideas of urban management and design cybernetics (the rise of “responsive” or “smart” ecologies), and algorithmic investment strategies from finance merged to produce a contemporary mode of disaster speculation that I label "the planetary bet”. This assemblage is grounded on playing with differentials and thresholds—highs and lows of time, space, and toxicity—to turn life itself into a speculative experiment for ubiquitous computing that finds itself incarnated in our “smart” cities and infrastructures.  

My argument is that what differentiates this condition from earlier histories of capital, urbanism, or habitat  is not the question of technology, but rather the particular form of spatial and temporal containment and speculation engendered by the historical merger of cybernetics and ecology.

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