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Ancient Futures – Design and/or Happiness is a collaborative conference between the Asia Digital Art and Design Association, the Korean Society of Design Science and the Society of Design Convergence. The goal of this event is to create a forum to explore both the extent, reach and definition of design as we know it today.
This year’s conference will take place from Dec.13th through Dec.14th at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. The theme of this conference centers around the idea of happiness or contentment and its corresponding connections and intersections with design. This year’s theme drew inspiration from Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh by Helena Norberg-Hodge. Norberg-Hodge examined the community of Ladakh and the transformations that took place during modernization. Her prime observation was that with increased technology and advancement often came less overall contentment. This raises questions not only for circumstances like Ladakh but all over the world as it is almost always assumed that ‘progress’ is a universally positive or good aspiration. Commitment to rapid development raises questions about societal health, happiness and well-being. As designers, we exist and work at a curious juncture between health and progress. Our practice and livelihood are often based upon the facilitation of modernity and development. Design is often the instigator and catalyst for such forward motion. Creation is often harnessed in seeking convenience, progress and advancement. What is the designer’s role in facilitating better health and happiness? Ancient Futures – Design and/or Happiness seeks to explore the role of happiness, contentment and its relationship with design and this necessary but daunting entity known as ‘progress’.
2013 오랜된 미래(Ancient Futures): 행복의 디자인(Design and/or Happiness)
이번 <오래된>은 Asia Digital Art and Design(ADADA), 한국디자인학회, 디자인융복합학회가 공동으로 주최하는 디자인 학술대회입니다. 이 학술대회는 현재 다양하게 제기되고 있는 디자인 정의와 발전방향에 관해 논의하고 고찰하는 장을 만드는 것을 목적으로 합니다.
올해 학술대회 주제는 헬레나 노르베리 호지의 저서 『오래된 미래:라다크로부터 배우다』에서 부터 영감을 받았습니다. 스위스 언어학자인 그녀는 히말라야 접경지역의 오지 ‘라다크’ 커뮤니티에 수년간 머무르면서 근대화로 인한 훼손된 지역문화와 전통의 실상을 고발하였습니다. 그녀는 문명이 발전할 수록 라다크 지역의 사회적 불만족과 불안요소가 오히려 증가하고 공동체가 파괴된다고 밝히고 있습니다. 이 책은 라다크와 같은 환경뿐만이 아니라 일반적으로 ‘발전’이 긍정적측면으로 인식되고 있는 전 세계에, 현재 개발에 따른 변화가 진정한 사회�