Dr Matthew Harkness
Casual Academic

Dr Matthew Harkness

Master of Design - Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts - The University of British Columbia Okanagan

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

I am an early-career designer, researcher, and academic based in Sydney, Australia. I specialise in object design from critical making, speculative, co-design, and more-than-human perspectives. My research draws on these to interrogate the ethics of making, specifically, wasteful, exclusive and exploitative, maker practices. Through material experiments, my practice-based research includes waste plastic and bioplastic materials, ceramics, electronics, and repurposed objects.

  • Creative Works (non-textual) | 2022
    Harkness M, 2022, Bioplastic Futures: 3D Printing and the Maker Movement, Bioplastic Futures: 3D Printing and the Maker Movement, Australian Design Centre, 16 June 2022 - 02 July 2022, at: https://australiandesigncentre.com/bioplastic-futures-3d-printing-and-the-maker-movement/
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Harkness M, 2021, '3D Printing and Bioplastic Waste: A Matter of Concern Explored through Actor-Network Theory, Co-design, and Critical Making', Hybrid event, presented at ACUADS/DDCA 2021 Conference New Networks, Hybrid event, 28 October 2021 - 29 April 2022, https://acuads.com.au/conference/article/3d-printing-and-bioplastic-waste-a-matter-of-concern-explored-through-actor-network-theory-co-design-and-critical-making/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2021
    Keulemans G; Hashimoto K; Harkness M, 2021, Polylactic Acid Chains (1 & 2), Sampling the Future, National Gallery of Victoria, 05 November 2021 - 06 February 2022, medium: PLA plastic, at: https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/sampling-the-future/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2020
    Harkness M, 2020, The Biorecycling Machine, Global Grad Show, Global Grad Show Virtual Exhibition, 09 November 2020 - 16 November 2020, medium: PLA 3D printed components, acrylic, electronic components, tattoo needle, PLA and saline solution, latex-free gloves, and fasteners, at: https://globalgradshow.com/
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Odom W; Bertran I; Hertz G; Lin H; Chen AYS; Harkness M; Wakkary R, 2019, 'Unpacking the thinking and making behind a slow technology research product with slow game', in C and C 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 Creativity and Cognition, pp. 15 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3325480.3326567
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Odom W; Wakkary R; Bertran I; Harkness M; Hertz G; Hol J; Lin H; Naus B; Tan P; Verburg P, 2018, 'Attending to Slowness and temporality with Olly and Slow Game: A design inquiry into supporting longer-term relations with everyday computational objects', in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3173574.3173651

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