Funded by the Swedish Research Council        


In Sweden there is a growing interest from both the scientific community as well as many professional communities to gain insight into practice-based and practice-lead research in art, crafts and design (VR). The hand-on haptic aesthetic intelligence that comes from exploring materials, users and situations to create products, services or events, demonstrates a way of reasoning that is sought after. However documentation of the knowledge and experience about aesthetic reasoning...

 Andrea Miller's exam project involved explore a new haptic technology involving ultra sound waves. He worked with an organic form expression that wrapped around both hands give the fingers a high degree of freedom to more and expeince the tangible tensions from the invisible ultra sound wave. 

Filip Zieciak' s exam project called the Windcatchers’ captured the energy from the rapid  movement of a subway passing bu. He expresses how air streams can fuel dynamic pattern of li...

An elective course at the National Institute of Design at Ahmedabad India.                          The image shows students  working on a culinary map.

THEME:  TIME TRAVEL lead by: Cheryl Akner Koler, Anna Odling &  Sergio Montero Bravo all teachers from Konstfack.

The course started with a brief experimental assignments that prepare a research and scenario phase supported by a 3D-culinary mapping session. The table...

Scientific article published in Form akademist 2016.12.20. The need for new design methods for training and sensitising design professional to appreciate tactile and haptic properties of the products and environoments offered in the culinary and hospitality world.  

These structured and semi structured material experiences presented here deal with: 1)  sensoric test exploring towels and pillows. 2) an aesthetic sensitising lab using industrial produced ma...

HAPTICA  Speakers are three members from the HAPTICA project: Cheryl Akner Koler, Professor at Konstfack  in collaboration with Annika Göran Rodell, and Åsa Öström, from the School of Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Meal Science, Campus Grythyttan, Örebro University. Program 

How haptic experiences feed the gestalt process. Haptic experiences are inseparable from both tactile and kinaesthetic experience, because haptics involves muscle movement in relation to materials, bodie...

Sensory test lead by Åsa Öström / Sensitising lab lead by Cheryl Akner Koler

Both the  pillow and towel sensory tests was constructed in a similar way. The students we asked to associate the feeling they had with the artefact with 15-20 different adjectives. At least one word had to be used per artifact, but we could associate with as many words as we wanted. the test ended with  a question about preference; if the participant liked the artifact or not, in this step the particip...

Vinnova "Mångfaldslabbet": Norm Critial Innovation with a Gender focus. 

Main Applicant and project leader: Cheryl Akner Koler, Co- project leader & industrial designer: Cristine Sundbom, service designer:

Partners: Andreij Nylander, ExperioLab Tomas Edman and medical doctor / ExperioLab  member Björn Hansell.  

We applied for a 2 year project yet was offered support to do a much shorter pilot project that engaged many partners.  

Some of the method development f...

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...

These interactive artefacts were developed  during the BodyTimeTech workshop that was organized by Elsa Vaara at Mobile life.  The instructions in the workshop were to work with the theme temporality  or felt tim in relation to digital materials.  By  Cheryl Akner Koler, Jonas Söderberg, Mattias Jacobsson, Anna Karlson   

There were three  exam project  at this year spring exhibition that involved Haptic interaction that all  relate more or less to emotions  

Martha Brauers project about How stress can be coped with through play activities around different haptic grip: variation of shapes, materials, textur and density are interconnected with our emotions. Souzan Youssouf work with Form Follows Symptom deals with burnout sydrom with focus on women work situation. The heavy vest...

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

Speaker at research school of the faculty of the Arts at Gothenburg University. The theme of the symposium was experimental and I was asked to talk about  my own practice and experience: I chose to do a short lecture and a performative act about  haptic attributes. The performance has developed through the  HAPTICA project which is a collaborative project with Gryhyttan School of Hospitality, Culinary arts and Meal Science  in Örebro University. It is a 3 year research  project...

 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...

This revised version of the  Fusion of our senses-model starts with the concepts movement  and orientation in the center, to underline embodied reasoning.  It then rotates clockwise from the top through Tactile/touch, Haptic/grasp, Audio/ hear, Olfactory/smell, Gustatory/taste, Visual/see.

According to Richard Shusterman, in 1734 Alexander Baumgarten recognised the importance of aesthetic reasoning to “promote greater knowledge”during scientific studies. Baumgarten und...

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