Devices. On Hospitality, Hostility and Design, is the title of my doctoral thesis in design, which studies and speculates upon the interrelations among artefacts, humans and nonhumans.

The work combines different literary, philosophical and theoretical discourses and traditions with experimental design in order to develop and articulate the concept of device. A device organises, arranges, frames our environment and thereby defines and limits possibilities of relation.

Through a series of design projects, the thesis examines the potential range of an artefact’s relations. It does so by exploring grammatical associations that affect conceptualizations, creating tools (prepositiontools), as well as studying and articulating forms of symbiosis that an artefact might develop in and with its environment (¡Pestes!).

The PhD work was awarded the 2012 prize for design research by the Swedish Faculty for Design Research and Design Education.

Avila, M. 2012. Devices. On Hospitality, Hostility and Design. ArtMonitor 33. University of Gothenburg.