Selected Writings

Stacking Complexities Reframing Uncertainty through Hybrid Literacies

in Design and Culture 13, 2, 2021


In a context increasingly defined by post-normal science (Funtowicz and Ravetz 1993), it is acknowledged that complex world problems cannot be addressed by one discipline in isolation. To face increasingly uncertain futures, it is therefore crucial to develop approaches that work with uncertainty. Because of its future-facing nature and current drive to tackle complex world challenges, design has a leading role to play in this endeavour. The article proposes a research framework informed by the development of hybrid literacies – transversal toolkits across design, technologies, and futures studies – that can furnish learners with transdisciplinary skills. These are deemed necessary to address uncertainty and complexity by deploying speculative-pragmatic, imaginative practices that foster modes of working, learning, and unlearning together. To illustrate this approach, the article draws on the ongoing collaboration between two academic institutions renowned, respectively, in the field of Art and Design (Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London) and Science and Technology (Tokyo Institute of Technology) to offer a personal reflection and insights around transdisciplinarity and hybrid literacies in action.

Future-Crafting: The Non-humanity of Planetary Computation, or How to Live with Digital Uncertainty

In Suzanne Witzgall et al (eds) Hybrid Ecologies. University of Chicago Press / Diaphanes, pp. 216-227. 2021

for German translation:

Zukunftsgestaltung: Die Nichtmenschlichkeit der planetarischen Berechnung oderwie mit der digitalen Ungewissheit zu leben ist.

In Witzgall, S. et al (eds) Hybride Ökologien. Zurich: Diaphanes AG, pp. 234-247



"The idea that we can design an ecology is something we should be wary of"

Marenko, B. in conversation with Ávila, M.

In Witzgall, S. et al (eds) Hybrid Ecologies. University of Chicago Press / Diaphanes, pp. 241-249 (2021)


Algorithm magic. Gilbert Simondon and technoanimism.

In Believing in Bits: Digital Media and the Supernatural. Simone Natale and Diana Pasulka (eds.) Oxford University Press. pp 213-228. 2019




The Un-designability of the Virtual. Design from problem-solving to problem-finding.

In UnDesign. Critical Practices at the Intersection of Art and Design. Gavin Sade, Gretchen Coombs, Andrew McNamara (eds.) London, Routledge. 2018


Filled with wonder. The enchanting android from cams to algorithms.

in Encountering Things. Design and Theories of Things. Leslie Atzmon and Prasad Boradkar (eds.) London, Bloomsbury. 2017


Incertitude, contingence et intuition matérielle: un cadre de recherche pour un design mineur.

in Biomimétisme: Science, Design et Architecture. Manola Antonioli (ed). Paris, Éditions Loco. pp. 31-43. 2017


Animistic Design: How to Reimagine Digital Interaction Between the Human and the Nonhuman

in Digital Creativity. Special issue: Post-anthropocentric creativity. Stanislav Roudavski and Jon McCormack (eds.). London, Routledge. pp. 52-70 (with Phil Van Allen). 2016


When Making Becomes Divination: Uncertainty and Contingency in Computational Glitch-Events

in The Interdisciplinary Journal of Design Research. 41, Part A. Special issue: Computational making. Terry Knight and Theodora Vardoulli (eds.). London, Elsevier. pp. 110-125. 2015



Digital Materiality, Morphogenesis and the Intelligence of the Technodigital Object

in Deleuze and Design. Betti Marenko and Jamie Brassett (eds) Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp.107-138. 2015



in Deleuze and Design. Betti Marenko and Jamie Brassett (eds). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 1-30. 2015. Co-written with Jamie Brassett.

Neo-Animism and Design. A New Paradigm in Object Theory

In Design and Culture. 6, 2. Special issue: Design, Thing Theory and the Lives of Objects. L. Atzmon (ed). London: Berg. pp.219-242. 2014


Contagious Affectivity. The Management of Emotions in Late Capitalist Design

in Negotiating Futures – Design Fiction. Proceedings from the 6th Swiss Design Network Conference. Basel.pp. 134-149. 2010


Object-Relics and their Effects: for a Neo-Animist Paradigm

In MEI Mediation and Information. Special Issue: Objets & Communication. 30-31. Bernard Darras and Sarah Belkhamsa (eds) Centre of Image, Research, Culture and Cognition, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Paris: Editions de l’Harmattan. pp.239-253. 2009


Now I Can Feel Myself! The Production of Affects in the Visual Discourse of Psychopharmaceuticals

In Networks of Design. Fiona Hackney, Jonathan Glynne and Viv Minton (eds). Proceedings of the 2008 Annual International Conference of the Design History Society. University College Falmouth. pp.94-99. 2010


The Eyes are Trapped: Dario Argento’s The Bird With the Crystal Plumage

in If Looks Could Kill Fashion. Marketa Uhlirova (ed.) Film Festival Catalogue. London: Koenig Books. pp. 52-59. 2008


Other essays, articles, exhibition catalogues

Skin Flaying and the Transgression of Boundaries

Stimulus Respond. 2009


Is there life in bio art?

Mute. Culture and Politics after the Net, 30. 2007

Hot Bodies, Cool Styles. New Techniques in Self-Adornment

Practical advice. In Ted Polhemus, Hot Bodies, Cool Styles. New Techniques in Self-Adornment. London, Thames & Hudson, 2004

Museum Epidemiology

Mute. Culture and Politics after the Net, 27. 2004

Skinny Dipping in the Semiotics Pond

The Art Newspaper, 146. 2004


Body Marking/Body Mapping: Embodied Difference and Strategies of De/Construction of Identity.

Working Papers and Preprints. (300-301-302/C). Centro Internazionale di Semiotica e Linguistica, University of Urbino. 2001


The Self Made Freak

In David Wood ed, BodyProbe. Mutating Physical Boundaries, London, Creation Books, 1999


Alex Binnie interview

In David Wood ed, BodyProbe. Mutating Physical Boundaries, London, Creation Books, 1999


One Day We All Will Have Compound Eyes

in Elaine Palmer ed, Random Factor, London, Pulp Faction, 1997


Endless Epide®mical Encounters

Decoder. Milano, Shake Edizioni. 2003

Hooking the Flesh, Sewing the Mouth. Reflections on Surface

Fringecore, 8. 2000