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Designing Time – Circadian Dreams

Designer Helga Schmid curates a day of talks and performances exploring design and alternative time systems.

What to expect

Join a day of talks and live performances exploring the design of alternative time systems, based on daily bodily rhythms (known as circadian rhythm).

Currently, 'clock time' structures and directs human behaviour. But are there alternative time systems that are better for our health, happiness and overall productivity? Rather than being guided by the clock, the installation investigates new time systems and ways of living.

A series of participatory events and activities over the course of the weekend will test and challenge the structures and rhythms of contemporary life. On Saturday evening there will be a public talk by scientists, artists and designers on the design of time and the nature of temporality.


Saturday 23 February 2019

11:00 – 12:00
Wake-up Phase
Time & Non-Time
Helga Schmid (speaker)
Piotr Ceglarek & Ronnie Deelen (sound)

12:10 – 13:30
Cognitive Performance Phase
Work & Time
Frances Holliss in conversation
with Claudia Dutson (speakers)
Demystification Committee (sound)

13:30– 14:00
Nap Phase

14:00– 15:00
Physical Performance Phase
Time & Body
Debra Skene (speaker)
& Laura Lorenzi (performancer)

15:00– 16:00
Intuitive Phase
Time & Philosophy
Federico Campagna (speaker)
Piotr Ceglarek & Ronnie Deelen (sound)

16:00– 17:00
Sleepiness Phase
Time & Culture
Matthew Fuller (speaker)
Demystification Committee (sound)

17:00– 18:00
Sleep Phase
Piotr Ceglarek & Ronnie Deelen (sound)


Speakers include: Federico Campagna (Royal College of Art), Claudia Dutson (Royal College of Art),* Frances Hollis* (London Metropolitan University), Matthew Fuller (Professor of Cultural Studies, Goldsmith), Debra Skene (University of Surrey)

Contributors/artists include:Piotry Ceglarek, Tereza Červeńová, Ronnie Deleen, Demystification Committee, Francisco Ibanez, Nayan Kulkarmi and Mále Uribe Fores.

Sponsored by:
Savoir Beds

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Uchronia by Helga Schmid , Designers in Residence 2018

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Booking information

Saturday 23 February: 18.00-20:00
Adult: £5
Student/Concession: free, but must book online in advance
Members go free for the talk but will need to book online in advance


Dr Helga Schmid

Dr Helga Schmid is a London-based design researcher and experience and communication designer. Helga is one of the Design Museum's Designer In Residence 2018. Her project explores the nature of temporality in relation to today's society.

Federico Campagna

Federico Campagna is an Italian philosopher based in London. His main field of research is the point of conjuncture between metaphysics, cultural production and politics. His latest book, Technic and Magic: The Reconstruction of Reality, was published by Bloomsbury in 2018.

Piotr Ceglarek

Ceglarek – half of the duo C&D, a member of audio visual collective Modulartelevision, co-founder and curator of Katowice Sound Department. In his solo project he creates various improvised sound structures, the main theme of which are synthetic natural phenomena, primal rhythms and time shifts. In his sound workshop he uses a modular synthesizer and dub techniques.

Tereza Červeňová

Tereza Červeňová holds an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art. She is a Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017 Alumnus and recipient of the John Kobal New Work Award 2015 and D&AD Yellow Pencil 2014. Červeňová attempts to blur the line between her personal and commissioned work as the centre of both occupies the genre of portraiture. Her work is held in the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection.

The Demystification Committee

The Demystification Committee studies the intensities of late capitalism, with an ongoing focus on the relationship between sovereignty and capital, and on the friction between networks and power structures. Established in 2016, the Demystification Committee is chaired from London, UK and Berlin, DE.

Ronnie Deelen

Ronnie Deelen is a versatile artist who works with Image and Sound. He is a tutor at the Royal College of Art in the IED sound design pathway. Analog synthesis grew to be his main focus when working with sound. He creates soundscapes and rhythmic experiments using a modular synthesizer.

Claudia Dutson

Claudia Dutson trained in architecture, and teaches experimental design at the Royal College of Art. Her research into the architecture of Silicon Valley interrogates the spatial tactics of management through case studies of the Facebook, Apple and Google campuses. Her work is published in Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies Economies Technologies, and the Journal E.R.O.S. Issue 7, The Interior.

Matthew Fuller

Matthew Fuller is the author of a number of books including 'How to Sleep, the art, biology and culture of unconsciousness', (Bloomsbury). He is Professor of Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London

Frances Holliss

Frances Holliss is an architect and emeritus reader in architecture at London Metropolitan University. An expert in the architecture of home-based work, she is published widely and speaks internationally on the subject. Also interested in the impact of policy and regulatory frameworks on design for home-based work, she recently co-authored an OECD Policy Brief for Home-based Business (2019).

Francisco Ibáñez

Francisco Ibáñez is trained in architecture and works in urban regeneration and photography. He combines these fields through research on urban development and the evolution of architecture. His work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions in London and Santiago.

Laura Lorenzi

Laura Lorenzi is a dance artist and graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2015. Her artistic practice is rooted in the exploration of partnering techniques such as, Contact Improvisation and Argentine Tango; as well as solo practices which draw from Deborah Hay’s and Gaga technique. She has worked with Glyndebourne Opera House, Quang Kien Van, Companie MF, and Natisclazi DT.

Designing Time:
This performance questions the extent to which we are able to listen to our bodies, investigating ways to give space and time to the processes that are constantly happening inside us. Using improvisation as a paradigm for circadian rhythm, I am interested in building a time that moves with bodily desires in fits and starts.

Debra J. Skene

Debra J. Skene, PhD, is Professor of Neuroendocrinology and Section Lead for Chronobiology at the University of Surrey, UK. She has over 25 years of research experience studying the human circadian timing system in health and disease. Her research has focussed on the characterization and treatment of circadian rhythm sleep/wake disorders as experienced by blind people, shift workers, transmeridian air travellers and older people.

Mále Uribe Forés

Trained in architecture, Mále is a London-based artist and spatial designer, working at Storeystudio and as Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art. Her artistic practice is situated on the contemporary mediations between the virtual and material dimensions of space. Her work explores large scale material surfaces as a medium to alternative narratives and worlds.

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