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Antwörter mit Aysar

1. Februar 2016

Aysar teaches Automotive Design and Transport Design at Coventry University. He likes to draw, talk about design philosophy and has a soft, very pleasant voice.

When was the last time you convinced somebody of something?

I bought a second hand car, a used car, about a week ago – a Toyota Yaris. I convinced the guy to go under the asking price, which was 2200 GBP. I got it for under 2000 GBP, which was what I was hoping for. I did it by holding him at gunpoint. I’m kidding of course, I did it by pleading. What happened was that there were two of them in the sales garage. One of them didn’t want to budge on the price, but the other one was saying “we don’t have room”. It was a small garage; they were already parking outside so I said “I could pay you today” and it worked.

What do you believe in that almost nobody else believes in?

I believe that design is a language led activity. As in: the way that designers and researchers construct the discipline is more important than the artefacts that they produce. It actually allows them to produce those artefacts. This position is so far completely unfounded and this is why I am here today, because I want to research into that.

How did you spend your first five minutes this morning?

My first five minutes were spent pressing the snooze button and then going back to sleep. Then the alarm going off again, a bit of a circle.

Which question would you like to ask in an interview like this? And how would you respond to it?

I would ask: Do you like your name? For a long time I didn’t, but now I do. My name is an Arabic name, I was born in Iraq and we came over to the UK when I was four. I’ve worked across parts of Europe but the majority of my life has been in the UK. I used to not like it, especially as a small child. It was quite an unusual name and where I grew up there weren’t many people from various parts of the world. It was all UK indigenous people so I felt a bit strange. But now I like it and this is due to a sense of orientalism, celebrating otherness.

Guest question: Is there a moment from the past days that will stay in your memory?

From this week specifically I have to say that in my discipline not very many people are doing corpus analysis and I’ve kind of been on my own; reading the material, writing a method chapter, trying to think of the structure of the rest of my PhD. So I had no idea whether I was doing the right thing, and this last week has been amazing because it’s kind of reaffirmed that I may hopefully be going down the right path.
And the second thing was my fear of computers. I use them to work with what we call rendering; which is coloring in, drawing sketches. But I’m not very good when it comes to codes and numbers and having a go with the computer programs, just for a few minutes and uploading files. It’s going to stay with me and I’m sure that I’m going to use this in the years to come. It’s been a real cathartic experience this week.

Which image do you like?


Copyright is for losers. And also for us. So no Ferdinand Leger here.

My favorite picture is the painting “The Acrobat and his Partner” by Ferdinand Leger. Tate modern museum.
I remember the first time I saw it, maybe ten years ago. I went to Tate Modern and this painting is pretty big. It made me laugh because of the image of the man kind of spinning and a woman basically picking up the pieces. And I thought “that is really interesting.” It summed up a lot of things for me.

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