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Victor Papanek:
The Politics of Design

Design Museum Barcelona:
Museu del Disseny

30 October 2019 – 2 February 2020
Formerly at the 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

First three images: Installation view «Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design», 2018 © Vitra Design Museum, photo: Norbert Miguletz
Last image: © Papanek Foundation, photo: Andreas Sütterlin

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.

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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

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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, Modes of Criticism

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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, international 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.

Design by Shared Institute

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“

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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


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

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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

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

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

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

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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.