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A lecture i gave in a design course i teach called 'self, society and design'.

A lecture i gave in a design course i teach called 'self, society and design'.

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  • objects / selves / interfaces
    • Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects Prasad Boradkar 2010
    • Boradkar struggles with the design field’s tendency to ‘forget’ the humanity and even the agency of objects:
    • every- thing humans make contains traces of its production …
    • … but the sheer overwhelming volume of disposable goods surrounding us makes empathy with this human-trace very difficult:
    • … and it is also massively and systematically trivialized by the landfill site.
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    • Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects Prasad Boradkar 2010
    • 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 …
    • … because it is the exploitation of the surplus value of labour that leads to profit …
    • … and today the value of commodities is, increasingly, value created by designers.
    • This is why it is so important to design a degree of autonomy in your design practice.
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    • 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’ …
    • … an exemplary and admirable life of freedom for the self, and for others, to enjoy.
    • This is a style of life firmly grounded in life , in knowledge of one’s life and in knowledge of one’s lively appetites …
    • … it is not guilt, judgment, shame etc. as in the deeply institutionalized Christian ethos (Cf. Foucault).
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    • How do we design practice and practice design …
    • … in a context of stressed out, fragmented, profaned modern life?
    • Is creativity possible in the context of the extreme industrial rationality we live in?
    • What is affirmative design practice in this context?
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    • Is there life beyond the brand?
    • Is there life beyond the ‘experience economy’?
    • Is there a place for the sacred in design practice?
  • gary hustwit / objectified