Design as Politics / Politics as Design
Guest Lecture Series 2012
Notes on Fields and Forums
Designing Social Spaces
Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global
Economics (Film Screening)
The Art of Activism: Protest Politics as an Aesthetic Practice
Communication, Power and Trust
The War of Times and Places
Design is mainly understood as the activity of producing more or less useful artefacts, but not necessarily as a political activity. The design of an artefact, however, is always also a political decision about how people should live, communicate or behave. Furthermore, design can be used as a political instrument in the form of activism, or as a medium to discuss and dream about possible or better futures. Politics itself can also be understood as a form of design, since it involves planning, making decisions and devising laws. The material dimension of politics and the political dimension of artefacts are explored through a series of lectures with international guests.
Speakers include: Eyal Weizman (Goldsmiths), Ruedi Baur (Geneva University of Art and Design), Stephen Duncombe (New York University), Stefana Broadbent (University College London), Ezio Manzini (Politecnico di Milano); and a film screening of: Who¹s Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics.