Studio Studies Book Launch

[Algunas semanas atrás se lanzó el libro Studio Studies editado por Ignacio Farías y Alex Wilkie. La próxima semana el libro será oficialmente lanzado en dos eventos en Londres, el 18 de Febrero en Goldsmiths y el 19 en Victoria & Albert Museum]

You are cordially invited to celebrate the launch of the edited collection: ‘Studio Studies: Operations, Topologies, Displacements’ edited by Ignacio Farías and Alex Wilkie. Studio Studies is being launched over two events, the first (at Goldsmiths) with a focus on the social sciences and the second (at the V&A) with a focus on the arts and design. 

18th February 2016  | 4pm – 6pm. BOOK LAUNCH AT GOLDSMITHS Room 137A Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Introduction: Alex Wilkie
  • Studio operations: Ignacio Farías & Mirja Busch
  • Afterword: Professor Mike Michael
  • Discussion: chaired by Isaac Marrero Guillamon

Followed by a drinks reception. Supported by the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process

19th February 2016 | 6:30pm. BOOK LAUNCH AT THE DESIGN CULTURE SALON
Clore 55, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Panel discussion chaired by Lucy Kimbell, University of Arts, London. Panel: Professor Daniel Charny (Kingston); Ignacio Farías; Yiyun Kang (V&A Artist in Residence); Professor Peter Lloyd (Brighton) & Alex Wilkie.



Studio Studies is an agenda setting volume that presents a set of empirical case studies that explore and examine the studio as a key setting for aesthetic and material production. As such, Studio Studies responds to three contemporary concerns in social and cultural thought: first, how to account for the situated nature of creative and cultural production; second, the challenge of reimagining creativity as a socio-materially distributed practice rather than the cognitive privilege of the individual; and finally, to unravel the parallels, contrasts and interconnections between studios and other sites of cultural-aesthetic and technoscientific production, notably laboratories. By enquiring into the operations, topologies and displacements that shape and format studios, this volume aims to demarcate a novel and important object of analysis for empirical social and cultural research as well to develop new conceptual repertoires to unpack the multiple ways studio processes shape our everyday lives.
Studio Studies is published by Routledge and is part of the CRESC series which establishes the importance of innovative contemporary, comparative and historical work on the relations between social, cultural and economic change

Editors: Ignacio Farías is a sociologist and an Assistant Professor of the Munich Center for Technology in Society and the Department of Architecture at the Technische Universität München. Alex Wilkie is a Senior Lecturer in Design at Goldsmiths and a sociologist.

Contributors: Tomás Ariztía, James Ash, Ariane Berthoin Antal, Georgina Born, Ignacio Farías, Emmanuel Grimaud, Antoine Hennion, Sophie Houdart, Mike Michael Erin O’Connor, Laurie Waller, Alex Wilkie.


Studio Studies is a much needed work of enquiry: the studio is by turns an obvious and an unknown thing today. They are far more common and influential spaces than the laboratories about which we know so much – and yet no such signature volume has existed until now. It will be a defining collection by extraordinary contributors.”
Chris Kelty, Associate Professor, Institute of Society and Genetics & the Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

“This book offers an excellent introduction to one of the defining projects in social studies today: the performative analysis of creative practice. Combining case studies and interviews by outstanding scholars in the study of science, technology and culture, it shows how the studio enables the assembly and negotiation of relations between art, design, markets, publics and social studies themselves. It thereby offers a welcome empirical handle on an especially complex contemporary phenomenon, the valuation of creativity across domains.”
Noortje Marres, Associate Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodology, University of Warwick
“In this sophisticated and theoretically astute collection, the authors make a case for the studio as a rewarding site for ethnographic research. But more profoundly, the studio is offered up – in its ad hoc procedures and modes of emergent organization – as an empirical model for social life and creativity more generally. It makes the studio mundane while showing how the worlds outside – factories, firms and so much more – share in the ‘studio-ness’ that makes things happen.”
Harvey Molotch, Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at New York University. Author of Where Stuff Comes From: How Toasters, Toilets, Cars, Computers and Many Other Things Come to Be As They Are.

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