‘Her Practice’ is an interdisciplinary design research and project aiming to tell her story; to bring things to the front; to establish a new design practice following an intersectional feminist approach. This practice focuses on the tools and methodologies that are applied during the design process aiming to create future domesticities which not only satisfy and facilitate the user but that also shape social behavioral patterns. The proposal invites the audience in a participatory performance in order to explore my autobiographical story. Through my grandmother’s kitchen I question the gender performativity and patriarchal structures working as common ground, which allows the users to embrace their own truths as they compare facts, objects, spatial paths or behaviors with their own domestic environments. An intersectional approach entails the collection of multiple voices, memories and actions in order to be able to understand, analyse and create anew the given context. Extracting knowledge from the “current” means that we confront and recognize the blurred paths or uncomfortable vectors within our spatial realms. Through this practice I see myself as a critical practitioner rather than expert, believing that everyone can be a potential expert based on their own lived experience. Thus, I invite other users to explore, discuss and develop together this practice exercising in my grandmother’s house through the alternation of scale, spatial qualities and domestic rituals. This collective process drives us to exchange thoughts and common visions for a new design paradigm which reflects more equal and inclusive worlds using a feminist approach.
Co-founder, Research and Design, Common Ground Practice, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
INTERSECTIONALITY, FEMINIST, DOMESTICITY, INCLUSIVITY, INTIMATE INFRASTRUCTURES, GENDER, PARTICIPATORY PRACTICE