SD: Interactive and visual installations addressing sustainability
This thesis topic is related to the group’s research on sustainability issues. In collaboration with external partners, e.g., Klimahuset, we want to find ways to contribute to the transition towards sustainable futures by using interactive and visual installations suitable for exhibitions.
Are you interested in designing interactive and visual installations suited for exhibition contexts that address issues related to sustainability? Do you want to explore how we can use installations to engage citizens in discourses?
Spaces for learning, reflection, and sharing
There is a need to create spaces where discourses about sustainability and transitions to other forms of socio-economic development can be researched. One way to approach this is by opening spaces where citizens are invited to learn, reflect, and share information on sustainability-related topics through the use of exhibition artifacts. The artifact does not have to follow a specific approach and can be of, e.g., critical, speculative, provocative, or fictional nature.
Close collaboration with external partners
Our research group has many collaborators, e.g., Klimahuset or the Life Science Building, interested in being involved in such a project. In collaboration with one or several agreed-upon partners, we want the students in this master thesis topic to find creative and innovative spaces for using the exhibition as a way to support a transition towards sustainable futures.
IN5120 – A course specifically designed for this thesis topic
To help students who have limited experience with technology and technical design get started, we offer a specific course on this topic. IN5120 is an intensive studio-based lab course running over five weeks, where students specifically work with the subject of Tangible Interaction. We begin with simple learning tools such as Little Bits and work our way up to fully functional exhibition-ready installations. It will only be held Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 if enough students are interested in this topic or other master thesis topics related to prototyping, e.g., Participatory Design and Prototyping, Tangible and Embodied Interaction, or other similar topics covered by the Sustainability & Design research group.
Collaboration on lab activities and design workshops
The students who want to work on this topic will collaborate closely with the ongoing research efforts and design lab activities of faculty and Ph.D. students in the research group. We include students in existing or new meetings, workshops, and collaborations with internal and external partners. In addition to lab activities, there will be structured reading groups and prototyping workshops organized by faculty and PhDs affiliated with this thesis topic.
Suited for student groups
This thesis topic is suited for students who want to work as part of a larger group of both faculty, PhDs, and students, and is also interested in having students who will want to write their thesis together. We have very positive experiencing with students working together in parts, or all, of their thesis work, which has proven to be extra helpful in situations involving practical work, e.g., prototyping, fieldwork, and workshops.
This thesis can be written in English or Norwegian.