Recording & Inventing — image-making workshop

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Design History Society pre-conference programme. DHS 2021: Memory Full? Reimagining the relations between design and history.

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Recording & Inventing is an image-making workshop for everyone interested in, or curious about, design history. In this workshop, participants will create and share something visual – this could be a collage, a poster, a board of images, a single photograph, or even a collection of sticky notes or printouts that you photograph or scan.

Those attending the DHS 2021 Annual Conference might like to create a poster or image board related to their research, or in response to conference’s theme, Memory Full? Participants might ask themselves, for instance, if memory-full-ness is about keeping records, or if it is about inventing the past? Is forget-full-ness, in turn, about erasure, or is it about daydreaming? Those not attending the conference may want to explore similar themes or, perhaps, respond to other questions: What is design history to you? What images, objects, or narratives make you excited about exploring the field?

A “starter kit” containing a wealth of online resources for image research will be sent to all participants upon registration. We encourage participants to explore these databases to find inspiration or images to include in their pieces. Before the workshop, everyone will be given the option to share their pieces with other participants via a pop-up digital archive, so the group can browse through each other’s works. Keep an eye out for it here:

During the session, we will discuss each other’s posters, images, or collages. The session will function as a forum for the exchange of ideas and interests in subjects related to design history; but instead of a paper or a roundtable panel, conversations will be prompted by visual research.

We aim for the session to connect students with similar interests and serve as an open and friendly space to ask questions about design history!

This event is free and open to everyone, those registered and those not registered for the 2021 DHS Annual Conference. For those attending the conference, this session could be a great way of getting to know each other and warming up for the conference’s “digital floor”. For those not attending the conference, you are still very welcome to join in! It should be fun.

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The Design History Society will host three events led by students and early career researchers in response to the theme of the DHS 2021 Annual ConferenceMemory Full? Reimagining the relations between design and history”. A combination of community building and hands-on workshops will explore the playful, yet critical, motto “forget-full?” — a reference to students’ discussions about material practices that produce erasure, ostracism, forgetfulness.

Outcomes of these events will populate a pop-up digital archive. Keep an eye out for it! If the times of the events are not looking good for you, please book a place regardless: everyone will be given the option of participating asynchronously, by sending in early contributions.

All activities are free and open to everyone (those registered and those not registered for the conference), but participants must book via Eventbrite in advance. On the days of the events, we will operate a Zoom’s waiting room. Please come a few minutes early, as each session has a limited number of places that will be filled on a first come, first served basis. We promise to do our best to squeeze everyone in though.

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