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Book release: Designer for the Real World

Book release

Victor Papanek: Designer for the Real World MIT Press 2021

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

image © Papanek Foundation

The history and controversial roots of the social design movement, explored through the life and work of its leading pioneer, Victor Papanek.

In Victor Papanek: Designer for the Real World, Alison Clarke explores the social design movement through the life of its leading pioneer, the Austrian American designer, theorist, and activist Victor Papanek. Papanek’s 1971 best seller, Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change has been translated into twenty-two languages and never fallen out of print. Its politics of social design, anti-corporatism, and environmental sustainability have found renewed pertinence in the twenty-first century and dominate the agendas of design schools today. Drawing extensively on previously unexplored archival sources, Clarke uncovers and contextualizes the movement’s controversial origins and contradictions.

Within the fields of design and environmental studies, Papanek is celebrated as a guru of alternative economics and progressive design. Yet Clarke overturns the notion that socially responsible and sustainable design emerged from the counterculture and alternative politics of the late 1960s and 1970s. Instead, she exposes its roots in the late Cold War technocratic culture and policies of US military and development interventionism. She examines the shift away from industrial design as an expression of industrial rationalism toward flawed attempts at humanitarian intervention through quasi-anthropological approaches and design strategies aimed at the socially and culturally excluded. She also casts a critical light on the current social design movement by revealing the macropolitics and neocolonial history in which it is embedded.

Writing Critical Design Biography

Guest Lecture

Writing Critical Design Biography

Online Event,
Işık University, School of Industrial Design, Istanbul
June 4 2021, 18.00 (TRT)

Alison J. Clarke

image © Papanek Foundation

On the occasion of the launch of her MIT Press monograph, Victor Papanek: Designer for the Real World, Alison J. Clarke discusses with Dr. Saltuk Özemir the process of researching and writing critical biography in design. In challenging the tradition of classic hagiographical treatments, that typically cast the designer as an heroic agent of innovation, Clarke offers an alternative insight into the ways in which critical biography can open up more complex ways of understanding the historical, political and societal role of design and designers.

Beyond Interiority: The Design Politics of Normativity

Keynote Lecture

Beyond Interiority: The Design Politics of Normativity

Online Event
Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen
April 16 2021, 15.00

Alison J. Clarke

This keynote lecture on the occasion of the launch of the Centre for Interior Studies, Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, argues against a retreat to the notion of the interior as an expression of interiority and subjectivity by exploring the exponential expansion of trans-disciplinary studies of “the complex interior” in both contemporary architectural practice and academic discourse.

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design

Exhibition

Victor Papanek:
The Politics of Design

Design Museum Den Bosch,
Netherlands
October 17 2020 – March 23 2021
C-Mine,
Genk, Belgium,
10 March – 12 July 2020
Design Museum Barcelona,
Catalonia, Spain
31 October 2019 – 2 February 2020
Vitra Design Museum,
Weil am Rhein, Germany
29 September 2018 – 10 March 2019

Co-curated by
Prof. Alison J. Clarke ,
a co-operation with Vitra Design Museum,
Papanek Foundation
and Museu del Disseny Barcelona

The Papanek Foundation presents the international travelling exhibition Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design, co-curated and organised with Vitra Design Museum in Weil Am Rhein, Germany. The expansive show presents varied and previously unseen materials from the Papanek Foundation archive pertaining to design activist Victor Papanek’s lifelong career, highlighting the crucial theme of design as a political and social tool. Alongside the exploration of Papanek’s links with key thinkers and design figures, ranging from media theorist Marshall McLuhan, maverick futurist Buckminster Fuller to leading feminist graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, the exhibition casts light on the legacy of 1960s and 1970s activism through the presentation of contemporary exhibits dealing with politically pertinent issues ranging from state violence, to climate change, bio-synthetics, and the precariousness of citizenship.

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design features work from cutting edge practitioners such as: Forensic Architecture; Natsai Audrey Chieza; Flui Colectivo; Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg; Femke Herregraven; NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism/Hypen-Labs; Lucy and Jorge Orta; Tomás Saraceno; Maya Jay Varadaraj.

This exhibition is a cooperation between the Vitra Design Museum and the Barcelona Design Museum, in collaboration with the Victor J. Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts Vienna, and is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

This Time It’s Personal

Lecture

This Time It’s Personal

Online Event
June 9 2021, 14:00

Carol Tulloch

Registration

This talk will look at the broader concept of making – the home, the self with a focus on one of Professor Carol Tulloch’s main research interests – people of the African diaspora and their rights to be, which often has been claimed through quiet or conscious activism. Tulloch is a writer, curator and Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism at the University of the Arts London (UAL), based at Chelsea College of Arts. She is also a member of the Transnational Art, Identity and Nation Research Centre, and Chelsea College of Arts/V&A Fellow in Black Visual and Material Culture at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Purity Security

Guest Lecture

Purity and Security: A Cultural History of Plexiglass

Online Event
May 11 2021, 16.00

Shannon Mattern

Registration

Shannon Mattern is a Professor of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities; Deep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt, all published by University of Minnesota Press; and The City Is Not a Computer, forthcoming from Princeton University Press. Her talk will focus on the contentious cultural history of Plexiglass as a material intervention.

Pandemic Objects Guest Lecture

Guest Lecture

Pandemic Objects

Online Event
April 21 2021, 14.00

Brendan Cormier

Registration

This talk will focus on Pandemic Objects, an editorial project initiated by Brendan Cormier, Senior Curator, for the Victoria and Albert Museum which has been running since the first lockdown in Spring 2020. Pandemic Objects compiles and reflects on objects that have taken on new meaning and purpose during the coronavirus outbreak. During times of pandemic, a host of everyday often-overlooked ‘objects’ (in the widest possible sense of the term) are suddenly charged with new urgency. Toilet paper becomes a symbol of public panic, a forehead thermometer a tool for social control, convention centres become hospitals, while parks become contested public commodities. By compiling these objects and reflecting on their changing purpose and meaning, Pandemic Objects aims to paint a unique picture of the pandemic and the pivotal role objects play within it.

Lecture Design for the Real World?

Lecture

Design for the Real World?

Design Museum Den Bosch,
the Netherlands,
16 October 2020,
17.00 & 19.00

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

On the occasion of the opening of Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design at Design Museum Den Bosch, the exhibition initiator and co-curator, Alison J. Clarke, overturns the notion that socially responsible and sustainable design emerged from the counterculture and alternative politics of the late 1960s. Casting a critical light on the current social design movement, she reveals the macropolitics and neocolonial history in which it is embedded: the subject of her forthcoming monograph, Victor Papanek: Designer for the Real World (MIT Press, 2021.)

Lecture Ecology and the Sociotechnics of Design

Lecture

Ecology and the Sociotechnics of Design

C-Mine, Genk, Belgium
6 March 2020, 18.00

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

Further Information

This lecture explores how ”environment” and “ecology” emerged as key drivers of a newly honed politics of design in the 1970s. Clarke argues that the vision of social, environmental and transdisciplinary design, far from being part of a liberal progressive discourse, had its origins in the sociotechnics of Cold War experimentation.

main event papanek exhibition

Exhibition

Victor Papanek:
The Politics of Design

Design Museum Den Bosch, Netherlands

October 17 2020 – March 23 2021
Formerly at
C-Mine, Genk, Belgium,
10 March – 12 July 2020
Design Museum Barcelona,
Catalonia, Spain
31 October 2019 – 2 February 2020
Vitra Design Museum,
Weil am Rhein, Germany
29 September 2018 – 10 March 2019

Co-curated by Prof. Alison J. Clarke , a co-operation with Vitra Design Museum, Papanek Foundation and Museu del Disseny Barcelona

Installation view, “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design,” 2018 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Norbert Miguletz

The Papanek Foundation presents the international travelling exhibition Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design, co-curated and organised with Vitra Design Museum in Weil Am Rhein, Germany. The expansive show presents varied and previously unseen materials from the Papanek Foundation archive pertaining to design activist Victor Papanek’s lifelong career, highlighting the crucial theme of design as a political and social tool. Alongside the exploration of Papanek’s links with key thinkers and design figures, ranging from media theorist Marshall McLuhan, maverick futurist Buckminster Fuller to leading feminist graphic designer Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, the exhibition casts light on the legacy of 1960s and 1970s activism through the presentation of contemporary exhibits dealing with politically pertinent issues ranging from state violence, to climate change, bio-synthetics, and the precariousness of citizenship.

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design features work from cutting edge practitioners such as: Forensic Architecture; Natsai Audrey Chieza; Flui Colectivo; Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg; Femke Herregraven; NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism/Hypen-Labs; Lucy and Jorge Orta; Tomás Saraceno; Maya Jay Varadaraj.

This exhibition is a cooperation between the Vitra Design Museum and the Barcelona Design Museum, in collaboration with the Victor J. Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts Vienna, and is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Further information

Opening Exhibition Talk Papanek Barcelona

Opening Exhibition Talk

Victor Papanek:
The Politics of Design

Barcelona Design Museum, Barcelona
30 October 2019, 6pm

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

Further Information

On the occasion of the opening of Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design, the exhibition initiator and co-curator, Alison J. Clarke, considers the phenomenon of social design from a critical and historical perspective. Based on her research for the exhibition, and her forthcoming monograph Victor Papanek: Design for the Real World with M.I.T. Press, Clarke highlights the innovative but often politically contradictory projects of 1970s design activism.

image © Papanek Foundation

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

Further Information

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.

Open Seminar “Make Design Open” with Magdalena Reiter

Open seminar session with Magdalena Reiter

“Make Design Open”

Seminarraum, Postgassee
June 13 2019, 10:00–12:30

Dr. Martina Grünewald

This event is part of the seminar Material Culture II „Designing Value(s) 2“

Further information

Open commons, open design, open innovation: What does this openness actually mean? What does it do, how can it be achieved and applied? What are the first steps? Who can help? Magdalena Reiter, one of the premier open design experts and educators in Austria, joins us in an open seminar session to discuss these burning questions and to introduce key concepts around open design, bringing with her numerous current examples including her own projects in open work and creative collaboration. Seminar attendance is open and free to everyone who wishes to explore this cutting-edge topic.

image © Magdalena Reiter

Symposium Design Transformation: Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism

Symposium

Design Transformation: Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism

May 16–17, 2019
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, 1030 Vienna, New Auditorium

Concept and organizer: Dr. Elana Shapira

The International Symposium “Designing Transformation: Jews and Cultural Identity in Central European Modernism” offers a contemporary scholarly perspective on the role of Jews in shaping and coproducing public and private, as well as commercial and socially oriented architecture and design in Central Europe from the 1920s to 1940s, and after their forced emigration during the 1930s in the respective countries in which they settled. It examines how modern identities evolved in the context of cultural transfers and migrations, commercial and professional networks, and in relation to the conflict between nationalist ideologies and international aspirations in Central Europe and beyond.

Collage by Andrew Sommerfield, c.1961. Courtesy of Paul Sommerfeld.

Keynote Lecture Politics of Design: Manufacturing the “Undeveloped Peoples”

Keynote Lecture

Politics of Design: Manufacturing the “Undeveloped Peoples”

Design and Authority
4T Design and Design History Conference
May 2–4 2019, İzmir, Turkey

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

Further information

In the early 1960s, leading design schools in the United States embraced for the first time an overt Cold War pedagogic strategy, under the title “design for the undeveloped peoples”. This lecture explores how design took on a new authority during this period, in which urban black Americans, the Global South and the working class rural poor were conflated as one homogenised problem that only industrial design could resolve. As part of the ‘Design And Authority’ Conference, Izmir, 2019, the lecture asks how much this legacy persists in the practices of contemporary social design.

image © University of the Applied Arts, Papanek Foundation

DAPL2019 – Catalog for the Post Human, Parsons Charlesworth

Design as Politics Lecture Series 2019
Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth

“Catalog for the Post Human: Reflections on the Future of Human Enhancement”

Seminarraum, Postgasse
June 19 2019, 10:00–12:00

www.parsonscharlesworth.com

Image: Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth, Catalog For The Post Human (2014)

Working across a variety of media, Parsons & Charlesworth create objects, exhibits, texts and images that encourage reflection upon the current and future state of our designed culture. Considering objects as agents of change, the studio explores new typologies and prototypes alternate ways of living, often using narrative and speculation to propose scenarios that comment on contemporary issues. Founded by designers Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth as a formal art and design studio in 2014 after years of informal collaboration, Parsons & Charlesworth became the grounding place to explore how object design can play a greater cultural role in the exploration of subjects such as climate change, personal survival and happiness.

DAPL2019 – Entangled Environments, Roman Kirschner

Design as Politics Lecture Series 2019
Roman Kirschner

“Entangled Environments and Some Questions on Methods”

Seminarraum, Postgasse
June 5 2019, 10:00–12:00

www.romankirschner.net

Image: Roman Kirschner, Roots (2018)

Roman Kirschner is an artist, researcher, writer, teacher and sometimes curator working across disciplines. His current research interests are social metabolisms and ecologies, transformative materials, spatial strategies, research methods and the mutual influence of material, imagination and epistemology. After studies of philosophy, art history and audiovisual art he wrote a PhD on “The Paradigm of Material Activity in the Plastic Arts“ at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (GER). He was the project leader of the arts-based research project ”Liquid Things“ at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (AT). Currently, he is an associated lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts (CH). His works were shown in exhibitions in Europe, Asia, North and South America.

DAPL2019 – One Leg Up, Noam Toran

Design as Politics Lecture Series 2019
Noam Toran

“One Leg Up and a Hole in the Ground”

Seminarraum, Postgasse
May 22 2019, 10:00–12:00

www.noamtoran.com

Image: Noam Toran, A Shining Meteor … (2018)

Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico (1975). Lives and works in Rotterdam. Teaches at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam and HEAD, Geneva. Noam Toran’s work involves the creation of intricate narratives developed as a means to disrupt hegemonic historiographies. Drawing from marginalised or neglected histories, Toran reflects upon the interrelations of memory, erasure, mythology, identity, and the essential force of storytelling as embodied in archives, film, literature, and performance. The work is materialised through dramatizations that take the form of installations, educational models, films, performances and scripts. The work is exhibited, screened and published internationally, notably at the CNAC Pompidou (Paris), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Venice Architecture Biennale, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Witte de With (Rotterdam), MuHKA (Antwerp), Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Musée d’Art Contemporain (St Etienne), Baltic Contemporary (Newcastle), Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), Center for Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv), Musée D’Art Moderne (Luxembourg), Kulturhuset (Stockholm) and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin).

DAPL2019 – Kritik als Prozess, Ruth Sonderegger

Design as Politics Lecture Series 2019
Ruth Sonderegger

“Kritik als Prozess”

Seminarraum, Postgasse
May 8 2019, 10:00–12:00

Further Information

Ruth Sonderegger is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetic Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. From 2001 to 2009 she worked as Associate and Full Professor in the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam. Her research centers on the history and systematics of the concept of critique in philosophy and other disciplines, and examines art as a possible form of critique. She is the co-editor of, amongst others, Foucaults Gegenwart: Sexualität – Sorge – Revolution (2016); Spaces for Criticism: Shifts in Contemporary Art Discourses (2015); Pierre Bourdieu und Jacques Rancière: Emanzipatorische Praxis denken (2014); Art and the Critique of Ideology After 1989 (2013); Conceptions of Critique in Modern and Contemporary Philosophy (2012); Golden Years: Queere Subkultur zwischen 1959 und 1974 (2006); and author of Für eine Ästhetik des Spiels: Hermeneutik, Dekonstruktion und der Eigensinn der Kunst (2000). She lives and works in Vienna.

DAPL2019 – EIN-SICHTEN, Daniela Gruber

Design as Politics Lecture Series 2019
Daniela Gruber

“EIN-SICHTEN”

Seminarraum, Postgasse
April 10 2019, 10:00–12:00

www.danielagruber.at

Image: Daniela Gruber, “Und du warum bist du immer noch da?” “Naja, weil ich gerade mit dir spreche.” (2016)

Daniela Gruber is a graphic designer from Graz. She studied Visual Communication at the FH Joanneum in Graz (BA) and the University of the Arts Zurich (MA). Her work explores social topics such as illiteracy and autism through ethnographic and explorative design approaches. The resulting investigations often take the form of books that show the investigated phenomena in unusual, engaging and experienceable ways.