MotoGP and heterogeneous design
Pinch, PL and Reimer, S (2017). MotoGP and heterogeneous design. in: Spinner, J, Reimer, S and Pinch, PL (ed.) Mobilising Design Routledge.
|Authors||Pinch, PL and Reimer, S|
|Editors||Spinner, J, Reimer, S and Pinch, PL|
This chapter takes as its central focus the design of the MotoGP racing motorcycle. Our key aim in scrutinising MotoGP is to conceptualise the location of design and its meaning: to reflect upon where and how design happens; and to enrich understandings of the heterogeneous, networked and distributed character of design. Whilst many consumer objects are mobile, our analysis extends beyond the design of the motorcycle as a single mobile artefact to consider both the motorcycle-rider assemblage (Pinch and Reimer 2012) as well as the complex architecture of design technologies which support MotoGP racing. We stress the agency of material objects and non-material inputs (expressions and emotions) that operate relationally and act upon the MotoGP motorcycle, crucially defining its movement and performance. The chapter emphasises the multifaceted nature of design: it runs through mechanical engineering, the design of electronic control systems, the regulation of international motorcycle racing; and the physical body of the rider.
|Book title||Mobilising Design|
|02 Feb 2017|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||10 Mar 2017|
|Accepted||02 Feb 2017|
|Web address (URL)||https://www.routledge.com/Mobilising-Design/Spinney-Reimer-Pinch/p/book/9781138676374|
|Accepted author manuscript|
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