Dr. James Auger
Designer, Researcher and Lecturer at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute

Dr. James Auger

James Auger is a designer, researcher and lecturer whose work examines the social, cultural and personal impacts of technology and the products that exist as a result of its development and application.

On graduating from Design Products (MA) at the Royal College of Art in 2001 James moved to Dublin to conduct research at Media Lab Europe (MLE) exploring the theme of human communication as mediated by technology. After MLE he worked in Tokyo as guest designer at the Issey Miyake Design Studio developing new concepts for mobile telephones. Between 2005 and 2015 James was part of the critically acclaimed Design Interactions department at the RCA, teaching on the MA programme and continuing his development of critical and speculative approaches to design and technology, completing his PhD on the subject in 2012.

Running parallel to his academic work James is partner in the speculative design practice Auger-Loizeau, a collaboration founded in 2000. Auger-Loizeau projects have been published and exhibited internationally, including MoMA, New York; 21_21, Tokyo; The Science Museum, London; The National Museum of China, Beijing and Ars Electronica, Linz. Their work is in the permanent collection at MoMA.

James recently moved to Portugal to conduct research at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI). He plans to explore the potential of the Island as an experimental laboratory through a combination of fictional, factual and functional multi-scale energy-related proposals and projects.

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2:05 PM
Curated Session
Complexity and User Experience
Thomas Wendt
Critique of Human Centered Design
Thomas Wendt, Independent Design Strategist, Author of "Design for Dasein" and "Persistent Fools" (forthcoming)
Dr. James Auger
Re-constrained Design
Dr. James Auger, Designer, Researcher and Lecturer at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute
david fine
David Fine
Moderator and host