objects / selves / interfaces <ul><li>Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects  Prasad Boradkar...
objects / selves / interfaces <ul><li>Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects  Prasad Boradkar...
 
objects / selves / interfaces <ul><li>To go back to Michel Foucault’s work, the ethical goal of this design[ed] lifestyle ...
 
objects / selves / interfaces <ul><li>How do we  design practice and practice design … </li></ul><ul><li>…  in a context o...
 
 
 
 
 
 
objects / selves / interfaces <ul><li>Is there life beyond the brand? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there life beyond the ‘experien...
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A lecture i gave in a design course i teach called 'self, society and design'.

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  1. 4. objects / selves / interfaces <ul><li>Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects Prasad Boradkar 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Boradkar struggles with the design field’s tendency to ‘forget’ the humanity and even the agency of objects: </li></ul><ul><li>every- thing humans make contains traces of its production … </li></ul><ul><li>… but the sheer overwhelming volume of disposable goods surrounding us makes empathy with this human-trace very difficult: </li></ul><ul><li>… and it is also massively and systematically trivialized by the landfill site. </li></ul>
  2. 5. objects / selves / interfaces <ul><li>Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects Prasad Boradkar 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Boradkar also points to the fact that [design] workers in capitalism (that’s us) run the risk of having the products of their labour alienated from them … </li></ul><ul><li>… because it is the exploitation of the surplus value of labour that leads to profit … </li></ul><ul><li>… and today the value of commodities is, increasingly, value created by designers. </li></ul><ul><li>This is why it is so important to design a degree of autonomy in your design practice. </li></ul>
  3. 7. objects / selves / interfaces <ul><li>To go back to Michel Foucault’s work, the ethical goal of this design[ed] lifestyle would be to develop what he calls a ‘splendid ethos’ … </li></ul><ul><li>… an exemplary and admirable life of freedom for the self, and for others, to enjoy. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a style of life firmly grounded in life , in knowledge of one’s life and in knowledge of one’s lively appetites … </li></ul><ul><li>… it is not guilt, judgment, shame etc. as in the deeply institutionalized Christian ethos (Cf. Foucault). </li></ul>
  4. 9. objects / selves / interfaces <ul><li>How do we design practice and practice design … </li></ul><ul><li>… in a context of stressed out, fragmented, profaned modern life? </li></ul><ul><li>Is creativity possible in the context of the extreme industrial rationality we live in? </li></ul><ul><li>What is affirmative design practice in this context? </li></ul>
  5. 16. objects / selves / interfaces <ul><li>Is there life beyond the brand? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there life beyond the ‘experience economy’? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a place for the sacred in design practice? </li></ul>
  6. 17. gary hustwit / objectified

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