Wild Design

Wild Design is a framework evolving from the insights brought by the brazilian practice of gambiarra but expanding into any design practice in which human agency is not formally engineering processes, but dynamically developing into as well as together with systems. It takes into account design practices not driven by notions of control, stability, durability and safety, instead resonating with synonyms of wild such as untamed, radical, marginal, uncontrollable, uncivilized, informal, undisciplined, unruly and unconventional. In spirit, this framework is thought to accommodate human regulatory roles that are dialogical and process-oriented, that is, human participation in creation and problem-solving that operates within a paradigm of entangled and evolving architectures. Different from cultures in which humans fulfill their needs by anticipating, starting from scratch, conceiving, planning and executing every step of a process up unto its final goal, Wild Design houses understandings of design and technology that admit active participation of non-human agents in horizontal ways. Apart from incorporating other modes of thinking about human design and communication within processes, this framework also intends to contribute to the arts of noticing (Tsing) complex phenomena that have for long been placed peripherally in scientific, artistic, technological and social discourses.

Studies from the artistic research Wild Design

Studies from the artistic research Wild Design, images taken with a paper pinhole camera in Guiyu, China
© Monai de Paula Antunes
last update July 2022