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Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

29 September 2018 – 10 March 2019

Curated by Prof. Alison J. Clarke with Amelie Klein, Vitra Design Museum and curatorial advisor Jan Boelen, Design Academy Eindhoven.

Papanek Foundation archival management, Dr. Leah Armstrong

Papanek Symp 2019

Papanek Symposium 2019

Real World: Design, Politics, Future

Porto Design Biennale, Portugal

26 – 27 September 2019

Organised by Prof. Alison J. Clarke and Francisco Laranjo, Modes of Criticism


The Papanek Symposium 2019 investigates design’s inherent tensions in the context of rising global far-right populism and the asphyxiating manipulation of information in a post-truth era. What potential is there for envisaging alternative political futures, and what role might design, and its politics, have in contributing to those futures? Debating the future of design: The places, ideas and means by which the politics of design, and the design of politics come together, speakers include Ramia Mazé, Flavia Dzodan, Akwugo Emejulu, Ahmed Ansari, Cameron Tonkinwise. A series of workshops and open forums will be led by the Decolonising Design Group.

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Design Revolution Lecture

Public Lecture

Design Revolution

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany

22 November 2018, 18:30

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

This open lecture, by Alison J. Clarke, co-curator of the exhibition Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design, explores the design revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s when Papanek’s book Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change emerged as a manifesto for the politics of design and sustainability. Looking beyond the clichéd images of student activism and hippiedom, the lecture frames Papanek’s design, networks and interventions in the context of the late Cold War geo-political historical context; arguing that design’s newly honed political imperative was borne of the U.S. military-industrial complex, as much of idealistic counter cultures.

Interview: ‘Design Is Never Neutral’


workshop digital currencies


Digital Currencies and Smart Contracts: Bitcoin, Blockchain & Co.

University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Design History and Theory, Seminar Room

10 January 2019, 10:00-12:30

Guest hosted by Anita Posch, organised by Martina Grünewald



A highlight of this semester’s seminar “Material Culture I: Designing Value(s)”, Bitcoin and Blockchain educator Anita Posch guest hosts an open workshop session on digital currencies and smart contracts. We will discuss key questions cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies raise with regard to contemporary as well as future forms of collaborative design practice, open innovation, economic development and the internet as a facilitator and guardian of social democracy. Punctual attendance is critical as Ms. Posch will take us on a short walking tour to the next Bitcoin ATM.