Max, PhD Candidate #Design for debate, telepresence

Max Mollon – PhD Candidate

Interaction design researcher by practice, PhD Candidate – Supervision: Annie Gentes / Emmanuel Mahé / Remy Bourganel.

I make objects that offer alternative experiences to what people know today about distant relationships. My objects aim at triggering questions and sparking discussions on the current state of things. My work takes place over a broad spectrum of outcomes, from newspapers to scientific journals, or as a conference workshop to an exhibition.

Since 2012 my PhD research focuses on how to use design as a speculative tool for public engagement. I analyse the way design can be considered and used as a means to stimulate discussions about the value and impact of emerging practices that happen at the interplay of science, technology and society. In particular, I study the characteristics of design fiction and speculative design in bringing forward desirable unknowns. The technologies that reshape the way we feel together despite distance are also a focus of my work. Formerly masters from HEAD–GenevaMedia Design program and currently PhD Candidate at SACRe PSLEnsadLab/ Sociable Media, and Telecom ParisTech/ Codesign & Media Studies Lab. Some of my projects have been exhibited at the Milano furniture fair (2010, 2011), Lift Conference (2010, 2013) and Biennale Internationale du Design de St Etienne (2013). I worked with Incandescence, Orange Lab or Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. I also give lectures and occasionally teach design at Pôle supérieur du Design (Villefontaine, France).

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Papers, book chapters

Mollon, M., & Gentes, A. (2014). The Rhetoric of Design for Debate: triggering conversation with an “uncanny enough” artefact (pp. 1–13). Presented at the Proceedings of the Design Research Society International Consortium (DRS), Umeå, Sweden.

Conference Workshops & Talk presentations


Mollon, M. (2014). Introduction to Auger’s Speculative Design. In E. Brulé & S. Fredriksson (Eds.), (pp. 1–28). Presented at the REWU#14, Gaité-Lyrique, Paris (06th June).

Mollon, M. (2014). Design, Art and Symbolic Enigmas: Uncanny artefacts. In A. Gentes (Ed.), (pp. 1–80). Presented at the 7th SIG Design Theory, Mines Paristech, Paris (27- 28th Jan.).


Mollon, M. (2012). Vivre ensemble à distance (pp. 1–56). Presented at the PSL/ SACRe’s Doctorate Kick-Off exhibition, Ensad, Paris (09th Nov.).

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