Design Anthropology

Design anthropology combines the transformative, future orientation of design with anthropological theory and cultural interpretation, systematic investigation of the past as a lens to explore the present, and a unique sensitivity to the value orientations of various groups affected by design projects (Otto & Smith, 2013).

In this new field of artistic and intellectual inquiry Tina conducts participatory action research from a culture sensitive approach. How do you get in touch with people you don’t know yet? How do you recognize what is going on in a community? What role does art and design practices play in activating mutual contact in which everyone is creator and inspirer? Zones of improvisation are created by using generative and anthropological methods evoking collective imagination to address a wide range of problems facing societies, institutions and organizations. Existing conditions, values, routines and rituals are collectively mapped, visualized and reimagined to discover alternative futures.