Peer-review event of Nesli Hazal Oktay’s project

EKA, A501

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Peer-reviewing of Art and Design PhD student Nesli Hazal Oktay’s first design case study “Empathic Placebos—Designing for the bodies in videotelephony” will take place on Friday, September 2, at 15.00-17.00 (EEST) in the Estonian Academy of Arts, auditorium A501.

Nesli Hazal Oktay will present the design process and analysis of the project. Case study “Empathic Placebos—Designing for the bodies in videotelephony” is part of the doctoral thesis of Nesli Hazal Oktay.

The peer review event will be in a hybrid format. Please find the Zoom link to participate HERE.

Dr. Kristi Kuusk, Estonian Academy of Arts
Prof. Danielle Wilde, Umeå University, Sweden and University of Southern Denmark

Dr. Kristina Andersen, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Dr. Oscar Tomico, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands and Barcelona School of Design and Engineering

The research project titled “Empathic Placebos—Designing for the bodies in videotelephony” is an inquiry into the ways people feel, interact and move during video calls. The project works with the moving bodies as a creative material to design for people who are close by heart but physically apart. Relying on a cultural probe kit study and a three-step embodied design ideation process, the project invites digital natives to be more in contact with their bodies so that they have more chances to shape their experiences with their loved ones and themselves.

Nesli Hazal Oktay is a designer-researcher and educator focusing on the impacts and interactions the emerging technologies could deliver. She holds an MA in Interaction Design from the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn and a Communications BA from the Galatasaray University in Istanbul. Since the academic year 2019/20, she is working as a visiting lecturer and also as a curriculum developer of the Interaction Design MA at the Estonian Academy of Arts. As an educator, she has led several industry collaborations, and her subjects are shaped around interaction design and speculative design. While continuing her journey as a design educator she is also studying at the Academy as a doctoral student. Her research interests include embodied, participatory, and speculative approaches to design. For more information, please visit

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