disruptive design team

The DDT comprises a group of researchers with diverse backgrounds in art, film, literature, music, politics, gender studies, performance, science and technology. The focus of the research group is to challenge traditional ideas of connectivity, connection, communication and sociability through the creation of installations and applications that subvert uses of technologies and create situations for questioning. The research students are engaged in a wide range of projects that focus on topics such Urban Public Space Art, Provocative Technologies & Interactive Spaces, Urban Wearbles, Urban Narratives and New Media & Feminist Methodologies. A multi-disciplinary approach to these topics is taken. There is an emphasis both on devloping theoretical ideas and on creating and building work to progress ideas.

DDT members are Fionnuala Conway, Ralph Borland, Nathaniel Stern Katherine Moriwaki, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Fiona Mc Philips and Sven Andersen. All researchers in the group are studying for postgraduate degrees (Ph.D and MSc.). Details of their research topics can be found in the people section.

Listed here is a selection of the projects that are either finished or in progress. For some projects we have collaborators in other departments in Trinity and in other institutions.

The Art of Decision - Politcial ideas expressed in interactive spaces (Fionnuala Conway & Jane Williams and The Centre for Gender & Women's Studies)
Inside/Outside - A handbag that measures pollution (Katherine Moriwaki)
Oscilating Windows - Enforced group behaviour and ad hoc networks (
Katherine Moriwaki,Ken Greene)
Umbrella.net - Conicidence of need networks in umbrellas (Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Katherine Morwaki, Ken Greene).
Texting Glances - An ambient urban story telling system (Sven Anderson, Katherine Moriwaki & the Story Networks Group in MLE)
Urban Chamelion - interactive clothers (Fionnuala Conway & Katherine Moriwaki)
Digital Graffiti Wall - graffiti with a mobile phone (Ken Greene)


Nature betrays itself more readily under the vexation of art than in its true form,’

Francis Bacon