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Papanek Symposium 2019. Day 2. Workshop

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Porto Design Biennale, Portugal

Almeida Garrett Municipal Library

328 Rua de Entre-Quintas

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Design is in crisis: Or, at the very least, in massive transition, exploring and rediscovering its potential during deeply problematic times. Real World: Design, Politics, Future 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? Strands of contemporary design practice proffer a critical, and often apocalyptic and dystopic vision of the future, while others happily conform to a financial system that demands a new consumable product for each and every multifarious context. The stakes for design have never been higher, as its interventions are dispersed across all aspects of the informational, virtual and material strata that shape our real worlds.

The Papanek Symposium 2019 organised by Alison J. Clarke and Francisco Laranjo debates both the future, and the future of design: The places, ideas and means by which the politics of design, and the design of politics come together. The first day of the symposium concentrates on lectures by renowned speakers (event needs to be booked separately).

On the second day, a series of workshops and open forums will be led by the Decolonising Design Group.

Decolonising Design Group was founded in 2016 by eight design researchers, artists, and activists stemming from or with ties to the Global South, as a response to Euro- and Anglocentric socio-technical politics and pedagogies of design as both a field of research and praxis. The group does not aim to offer an “alternative perspective” on design, but rather to question the very foundations upon which the discipline was established.

More details on the workshop program will follow soon.

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Almeida Garrett Municipal Library

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