Funded by the Swedish Research Council        


We invite you a Open House  of the exhibition HAPTICA, presenting a selection of projects from our three years of artistic research (2016-2018).

The exhibition works as “spatial staging” to explore how the projects relate to each other and also offers an opportunity for evaluation. The project is driven from collaboration between  Konstfack in  with researchers and culinary artist from Campus Grythyttan; School of hospitality, culinary arts and meal science at Örebro University....

Richard Herriot organized this conference where we did a workshop about Co-creative writing method for short videos, By Cheryl Akner Koler, Elsa Kosmack Vaara and Nina Bjørnstad.  The workshop is described in the article  "Aesthetic driven Co-creative writing method for short videos"  published in the proceedings of this conference Microconference 2018: Addressing designed form – demarcating design. 

Swedish Research Council yearly symposium 2017 Place: Dramatic Institute 

Presentation by: Cheryl Akner Koler, Mischa Billing & Annika Göran Rodell 

This presentation aims to expand the classic definition of the concept sensorium. It emphasizes haptic feedback and feedforward experiences that offers support for the growing intentions of an aesthetic gestalt process. During our presentation we will show some results from our research project HAPTICA which pivots around creating and...

Please see read pages 5-6, 12-13., 21 in the article Integrating Sensitizing labs in an educational Design process for Haptic interaction for method description, results and discussion. 

This Material sensitzing lab involves 3 team members that take turns playing three different roles: host, user/player and recorder.  Each session is lead by a host who gently guides a blindfolded user/player through an material exploration in a sequence of 9 tactile and haptic sensitizing experie...

An Aesthetic Sensitizing lab.

This lab compares hand to mouth experience by exploring the transformation of Swedish dry hard bread. Beginning with the hands that explore the rigid thin surface and the course grain texture of the surface, then the bread is cracked into a few pieces and the sharp contours are explored. The next step is to crush the pieces  into small irregular crumbs and finally water is added. The process is then repeated with the mouth, giving attention to the d...

Food Waste is one of the major sustainable issues of our time. We invited the founder of the company VÄRT SWEDEN Corina Akner to start up the second day of the  hjulsjö workshop with a collective meals experience around how to work with food waste.  

The outdoor grills was a vital part of the cooking sett up. > MORE TEXT TO COME

VINNOVA gender lab program

WHISPER is a pilot project driven 

from Konstfack in collaboration with service design company Transformator, Arvika Hosptial & ExperioLab.

Tex, material, models and photos are collected by:

Cheryl Akner Koler, professor in Aesthetics

Cristine Sundbom, industrial designer and gender researcher / Konstfack 

Andreij Nylander - service designer/ Transformator Inc. 

Björn Hansell - läkare /Arvika Hosptial & ExperioLab Inc.

Part of the project is financed by the Sw...

Attended the Arch In Text Network:  Held by the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Sweden 

 HAPTICA  Artistic Research  

  • Offering insight into the complexity of human haptic perception through following artistic researcher study how haptics can drive the aesthetic gestalt process.

  • Exploring ways to bridge touch pathways on our fingertips and through the hands with haptic experience of smell and taste pathways through our nose and mouth.  

  • Expanding the field of embodied interaction by given attention to the our sense of smell and taste and how o...

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