Lehrende und MitarbeiterInnen
Franke, Björn Sen.Lect. Dr.phil.
|Kuratieren / Intendanzen / Leitungstätigkeiten
|Humans are essentially makers of things. These material artifacts surround us, they form our environment, and even form part
of us. It is no longer possible to ignore that the world we live in is not a given, but is made by us. Alongside this realization,
the world itself has become increasingly makeable, for example through genetic engineering, nanotechnology, and synthetic
biology. As the resulting artifacts grow ever more complex, it has become crucial to understand the process and consequences
of their production. These operations can essentially be understood as design processes. Within an extended notion of design
almost all human activity is, to a significant degree, a design activity.
The symposium investigates how this notion of design could be conceptualized and what the consequences for design as an academic
discipline might be. An extended notion of design must, however, also be critically evaluated: if most artifacts are considered
as being designed, how can unintentional processes and their material outcomes be accounted for? Within an investigation of
human material culture it is thus important to distinguish the terms “making” and “designing.” While the former designates
the production of material artifacts as a human activity in general, the latter term indicates a more advanced form of making
that involves planning, intentionality, and an awareness of consequences.
As a result, the notion of what constitutes design is narrowed to concern only “designed objects,” while the overall view,
which concerns the process of making, is extended to include intended and unintended artifacts. This will raise important
questions for the role of design in human life. Who designs and for which purpose? How do we deal with responsibility for
material artifacts and their intended or unintended consequences?
|Titel der Ausst. / Veranstaltung:
||Making/Crafting/Designing – Perspectives on Design as a Human Activity
||Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (Deutschland)
||Inhaltliche Leitung einer Veranstaltungsreihe