Researcher

Dr Guy Keulemans

My Expertise

I am expert in areas of design and sustainability, specifically in the fields of experimental and critical design, repair, reuse, product durabilities and obsolescence, and sustainable materials.

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Biography

Guy Keulemans is a designer, artist and researcher producing critical objects and processes informed by history, philosophy, sustainability theories and studio experimentation. Major themes are repair and reuse, generative processes, materials of design, and the environmental impacts of production and consumption. His current research is funded though an Australian Research Council Linkage Project with partners Australian Design Centre,...view more

Guy Keulemans is a designer, artist and researcher producing critical objects and processes informed by history, philosophy, sustainability theories and studio experimentation. Major themes are repair and reuse, generative processes, materials of design, and the environmental impacts of production and consumption. His current research is funded though an Australian Research Council Linkage Project with partners Australian Design Centre, JamFactory and Design Tasmania.

Guy has a Masters in Humanitarian Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven and a PhD from the University of New South Wales’ Art & Design, where he also lectures. He has exhibited in museums and galleries in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland, including ARS Electronica, the Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, COCA Torun and Platform 21, and in Australia at signifiant museums and design and craft organisations, with four works in the permanent collection of the National Galley of Victoria. Guy was resident artist at JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design Centre in Adelaide in 2015. He is represented in Australia by Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert.

 


My Grants

  • 2020 Australian Research Council Linkage LP190100751: Designing for sustainability using a transformative repair model
  • 2020 Faculty Research Grant, designworks for Sampling the Future
  • 2019 UNSW DesignNext, design & sustainability education report
  • 2019 Australia Council for the Arts Career Development Grant – Dutch Design Week
  • 2019 Faculty Research Grant, Anyoji Temple Transformative Reuse
  • 2017 Faculty Research Grant, Transformative Repair & Perception Research
  • 2017 Federal Government Visions of Australia Grant, Object Therapy Touring Exhibition (funded to the Australian Design Centre)
  • 2016 Arts NSW Artist Grant, Object Therapy

My Qualifications

2015 PhD. UNSW
2009 M.Des, Design Academy Eindhoven
2003 B. Des (1st), UNSW


My Awards

2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Early Career Research
2015 JamFactory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide Artist in-residence
2014 Temple and Webster’s Emerging Designer Award - nominee
2010 UNSW Art & Design, Kudos Award - design prize
2010 Rooftop Studios, Berlin - Artist in-residence


My Research Activities

Guy investigates transformative repair and reuse through his research projects, such as:

• Object Therapy (2016), in collaboration with the Australian National University and Hotel Hotel, funded by the ACT Government, Arts NSW and the Molonglo Group.
Transformative Repair and Perception Research (2018-19) with Australian Design Centre, Noosa Regional Gallery and Design Tasmania.
• ARC Linkage Project Designing for sustainability using a transformative repair model (2020-23) with Partners Australian Design Centre, JamFactory and Design Tasmania.

His research also investigates the role of emerging digital technologies for repair and reuse in transnational contexts, materials and methods for sustainable design transitions, and critical design frameworks.


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Guy supervises candidates in the following areas of research :

  • critical, experimental, generative and/or repair/reuse focused creative arts, craft or design practice-based research
  • research regarding the use of emerging technologies in relation to product durabilities, maintenance, repair or reuse though design,
  • investigation of critical/speculative/experimental design or craft histories, theories and methodologies in relation to sustainability.

If interested in MFA, MPhil or PhD supervision, please review my publications to assess whether your research topic is situated within my field of research.


Currently supervising

  • Matthew Harkness (PhD) Challenging DIY, Speculative Critical Design Objects and An Actor-network Theory Analysis of Critical Making (with A/Prof. Katherine Moline)
     
  • Wajiha Pervez (MPhil) Design for Disassembly – Future directions for athletic wear in a circular economy (with Prof. Stephen Loo)
     
  • Paula Ngu (MFA) The Mundane as Process Art: Generative and experimental art making (with Prof. Ian Howard)
     
  • Joanna Fowles (MFA) Chromatic colourants: Contemporary approaches and applications of natural dye (with A/Prof. Liz Williamson)
     
  • Danielah Martinez (PhD) Towards Inclusive Ageing: Examining the impact of Critical Design (with Prof. Oya Demirbilek)
     
  • Mark Ryan: Adaptive Reuse in Art in the Anthropocene (external candidate at UoN with Dr Una Rey and A/Prof. Craig Hight)

 

 


My Engagement

Guy is active in news and design media, providing commentary and expertise on issues of

• experimental/critical craft and design of products, furniture and homewares.
• design and sustainability, including the topics of waste, repair and reuse, circular economy and materials for sustainable design. 

Articles for the Conversation:

• Kintsugi and the art of ceramic maintenance 2016
• The problem with reinforced concrete 2016 [French translation 2018]

Radio: 

• On concrete for ABC's Blueprint with Jonathan Green 2019
• On repair and waste for ABC's Big Ideas with Paul Barclay 2020
• On concrete for Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan 2016

Video:

• On transformative design for UNSW Newsroom 2020
• On kintsugi and creative repair for UNSW Newsroom 2017

Interviews:

Nuances of Repair interview with Lara Chapman for the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, 2020
• with Kay Harrison for UNSW Newsroom 2020
• with Penny Craswell for Garland Magazine 2017

Representation by Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert: biography with collaborator Kyoko Hashimoto

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