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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

Opening Keynote Lecture Bauhaus Festival March 20 19

Opening Keynote Lecture

Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design and the Role of Design Education

Bauhaus Festival School FUNDAMENTAL,
Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany
March 20 2019, 19.00

Prof. Alison J. Clarke

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The émigré trajectories of Bauhaus designers, and the international impact they made on the objects and discourse of modernism forms a prominent theme of design history. This lecture considers another émigré story – that of Austrian-American Victor Papanek, whose work was defined by an ambivalence toward the functional modernism espoused by his fellow émigrés. It examines how his life as an émigré generated an alternative design approach, and the founding of socially responsible design as a pedagogic force. This lecture is delivered as part of the Bauhaus Dessau Centenary celebrations, under the theme School Fundamental.

image © University of the Applied Arts, Papanek Foundation