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2021  Kosmack Vaara,Elsa, & Akner Koler, Cheryl 

Exploring and Prototyping the Aesthetics of Felt Time: Why Interaction Design needs a Felt Time Repertoire

In: Journal of Artistic Research 2021 issue 22 - online multimedia Exposition 

2016 Akner-Koler C, Ranjbar P. 

Integrating sensitizing labs in an educational design process for haptic interaction.
In Form Academic (2016; 9 (2): 1-25 

2016 Ranjbar P, Stranneby D, Akner-Koler C, Borg E. 

Identification of vibrotactile morse code on abdomen and wrist.

In: International Journal of Engineering, Technology and Scientific Innovation 2016; 1 (04), 351-66 


2020 ​​Akner Corina & Akner Koler, Cheryl. Presentation & Abstract - Collective Dimensions of Table Setting. In WONDER Kitchen Table Conversations and  Sensitizing lab: Provocative FIKA.

WONDER (Women in Design Research) is a network of female Ph.D. students, postdocs, teachers, and professionals from the Scandinavian countries. The network has existed since 2012, with the goal to increase the number of women in design research, practice, and education

2020 Akner Koler, C, Billing, Mischa & Göran Rodell, Annika. Sharing Haptic attributes; Model development of 4 haptic attribute models for hand, nose, mouth and, body. Swedish Research Council  Symposium Working Together 2020 - extended abstract and presentation

2019 Akner Koler, Cheryl  presentation of “Staging HAPTICA" KISD International School of Design Köln, Germany

2019 Akner Koler, Cheryl. ​Docent presentation "Exploring haptic attributes" at Chalmers ​University of Technology in Göteborg Sweden. Video Part 1 & Part 2

2019 Akner Koler, C Presentation How Haptic Attributes Evoke Intentionality and Generates Meaningtation in: Konstfack Research Week 

2019 Björnstad N, Akner-Koler C. Abstract: Feeling the future. Prototyping futures: How a mindful co-writing method for short videos support ideation. Anticipation conference 2019 at Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Proceedings. 

Anticipation 2019 (Website for conference)


2018 Akner-Koler C, Kosmack-Vaara E, Göran-Rodell A, Björnstad N. Presentation and workshop (2 hours): Aesthetic driven Co-creative writing method for short videos Designskolen Kolding, Microconference 2018. Addressing designed form - demarcating design

2018 Akner-Koler C, Kosmack-Vaara E, Göran-Rodell A and Björnstad N. Aesthetic driven co-creative writing method for short videos. In: Designskolen Kolding, Microconference 2018

2017 Akner Koler, C  Presentation Design for Sustainable Co-Creation/Back to the Land 2.0 In: Konstfack Research Week 2017

2017 Ranjbar P, Stranneby D, ,Borg E, Akner-Koler, Cheryl. 
Haptic technical aids - Distime, Monitor, Good vibrations, Ready-Ride and VibroBraille for improvement of Time perception, Environmental perception, music perception, mobility and communication for persons with deafblindness: Tactile aids 
In: Proceedings: Tactile aids, Ahlborg, 2017

2016 Akner Koler, Cheryl Presentation HAPTICA ,The role haptics plays in the aesthetic gestalt process for the culinary arts 

Konstfacks research week 2016.

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Konstfack 2019: STAGING HAPTICA in the Atilje 6 & Perception studio - “Staging HAPTICA"

Artistic  Leaders: Cheryl Akner Koler, Mischa Billing & Annika Göran-Rodell
Curator and exhibition designer: Cheryl Akner Koler with support from the HAPTICA team and consults: Katarina Eismann, John Liland and Hannah Willen.


Guided tour for invited guests from the academy and interested public

9 Video production shown in the exhibition: Cheryl Akner Koler, Annika Göran Rodell, Elsa Kosmack Vaara, Nina Björnstad, Corina Akner, Cristine Sundbom, Souzan Youssouf and Alice Ekelöf. External consultants Katarina Eismann, Niklas Panthell, Roxy Farhat, Kalle Sandzen.

Dark studio-video: Guided performative event exploring the haptic attributes of the hand, nose/mouth and body. 

Light studio-video: 9 projects were displayed on tables showing video, artifacts, materials and tools. Each project has its own video.
These Nine projects were exhibited through a display of materials, tools, and videos.

1.    Beyond Good - Taste and emotions, by Mischa Billing, Thomas Drejing & Cheryl Akner Koler. 
2.    Photo exploration: a collaborative study of haptic mouth sense between a photographer and professional taster,by Mischa Billing & Peter Jönsson. 

3.    Food as Material - Exploring haptic attributes of food with mouth and Hand, by Corina Akner (VÄRT) & Cheryl Akner Koler.
4.    Back to the Land 2.0: Applying social body practice, by Annika Göran Rodell, John Thackara & Cheryl Akner Koler. 

5.    Pillow Design - Exploring haptic attributes and affective responses to materials & pillows using sensory science methods and A-labs, by Akner Koler,C. & Öström,Å.
6.    Vibrotactile interaction - Integrating sensitizing labs for the design of haptic aids for persons with deafblindness (DB), by Cheryl Akner Koler & Parivash Ranjbar. 
7.    Co-writing process for short videos, by Cheryl Akner Koler, Elsa Kosmack-Vaara, Nina Björnstad & Annika Göran Rodell. 
8.    Crafting sense through fly-tying, Developing participatory service design methods, by Cristine Sundbom, Souzan Youssouf & Cheryl Akner Koler. 
9.    Table setting - Exploring ways to support a co-creative aesthetic gestalt process,by Annika Göran Rodell, Lars Eriksson & Cheryl Akner Koler.  



COURSES & LABS 2016-2020

Two  new design courses were developed through pedagogically framed research at Konstfack and Örebro University Campus Grythyttan.

Both have had a significant impact on the learning experiences for the students as well as offering a setting to develop and spread research methods and findings for dealing with haptic attributes in different social and research contexts.


Back to the land 2.0 in 2016 - 2020 Design for social-ecological innovation was the core issues for prototyping the new international course. The course was situated in a rural community in central Sweden for a 1-week workshop where the students, course leaders, and people in the local community learned new collaborative ways to work with complex problems around food waste and systems. Inspired by Theory-U we organizing the week activities with the aim to create shared experiences when working with food as material, local heritage, and ritual. One of the challenges in leading a course that brings people together in a collective living situation is in offering a supportive community where creative activities can take place. The social body practice method emerged as a specific model to develop active and generative listening skills so the collective work in preparation and serving the meals were generous and innovative. 

Exploring a Co-creative Aesthetic Gestalt Process   Developing pedagogically framed methods for the field of Culinary Arts and Hospitality   
This course explores the aesthetic gestalt process from an academic perspective and a professional context that interlaces experience from sculpture, industrial design, performative arts as well as from the culinary arts and hospitality industry. The case study concerns an introductory course regarding the aesthetic gestalt process applied to table setting using an aesthetic taxonomy. The course developed through an iterative process over a period of eight years, conducted in an educational program for sommeliers, chefs, and hotel professionals. In the introduction, we present a visualization model for the concept aesthetics and outline theoretical aspects of a co-creative gestalt process. A Structured Playing Field Model is presented to give an overall pedagogical view of the course. The different parts of the course include: a research phase, two Sensitizing labs, two Table setting/Bricoleur labs, and a Performative presentation. A unique Percent Progression-Method was developed to structure the gestalt process. In the general discussion, we describe how we worked to achieve a balance between a structured pedagogic framework and improvisational actions to support the co-creative aesthetic gestalt process. 


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