Tamara DiMattina on the time of stuff
Tamara DiMattina is a social entrepreneur who has been involved in a number of sustainability projects focusing on reducing consumption. We were intrigued by her project 'Buy Nothing New Month' with its clear objective of using time as a basis for reforming our relationship with 'stuff' and so conducted this interview with her about the project. We talk about time, fashion, creativity and whether or not sourcing things second hand might actually give you more time.
I'm pleased to announce a second event in the Temporal Design series that we’ve been developing here in Edinburgh. This will be a small workshop format, but all welcome. Further information and the link to register is below.
Temporal Design: Surfacing Everyday Tactics of Time
The second in the series of Temporal Design events hosted by Design Informatics (ECA) will focus on the tactics used to negotiate time in everyday life. We are particularly interested in asking how design might support or hinder what we are calling ‘vernacular temporalities’. That is, the idiosyncratic modes of dealing with and understanding time that are locally constructed in response to specific contexts and which may not fit the more regulatory infrastructures that dominate thinking about time.
Vernacular temporalities are those that are produced through day-to-day negotiation with the people, places, objects we encounter. They involve practices that shape how we perceive and manage time. We act and react, we organise and negotiate, stretch and compact time, but we also predict, reminisce, and fantasise about other times. Although these
practices play an important role in shaping temporality, they are often enacted in an unreflective way, rarely noted or discussed. Indeed in our first workshop, many participants suggested that it had been the first time they had even articulated the daily practices they had developed to deal with temporal demands. The aim of this workshop, then, is to surface the role of these temporal practices and their effect on broader social contexts, discussing how artefacts and systems may work as triggers, projections, facilitators or obstructions to these practices.
The workshop will feature four speakers from design and design theory, whose work touches on different aspects of temporality. They will each highlight a specific artefact, and there will be the opportunities for attendees to participate in reflecting on these talks and/or selected objects throughout the event.
The workshop is free and open to all disciplines.
When: 28th September 2015, 11am - 4pm
Where: Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
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Organised by Larissa Pschetz, Jane Macdonald, Chris Speed and Michelle Bastian, Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh.