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Precarity Pilot: exceedig precarising models of design practice

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These slides were part of our presentation at the Annual American Geographers meeting: Making Other Worlds Possible V - The Role of Disruptive Innovation and New Political Imaginaries, Chicago, 21 April 2015

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Precarity Pilot: exceedig precarising models of design practice

  1. 1. Bianca Elzenbaumer / Brave New Alps Junior research fellow, Leeds college of art (Uk) @bravenewalps #PRECARITYPILOT Making Other Worlds Possible V: The Role of Disruptive Innovation and New Political Imaginaries Session 1632 ― AAG Annual meeting, Chicago, 21 April 2015 PRECARITY PILOT: exceeding precarising models of design practice
  2. 2. A practice-led research project by design collective Brave New Alps & illustrator-pedagogue Caterina Giuliani running since march 2014 previous research based on: ― Cantiere per pratiche non-affermative politicised co-working space in Milan (2011) ― Designer’s inquiry an inquiry into the socio-economic conditions of designers in Italy (2012-2013) BACKGROUND
  3. 3. research questions ― how can designers WHO ARE EXPANDING THE POLITICAL RELEVANCE OF DESIGN in society ADOPT DE-precarising strategies in order to sustain their practices in the long-run? ― how do de-precarising strategies and tactics contribute to transform the role of the designer? ethics of commoning knowledge ― knowledge is created through workshops and collaborations ― knowledge is shared through an on-line platform
  4. 4. RECOGNISING WHAT SUSTAINS OUR PRACTICES SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS SEXUALITYMATERIAL RESOURCES WORK-LIFE BALANCE TECHNICAL SKILLS LIFE STYLE INTERPERSONAL SKILLS COMMUNICATION SKILLS ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS SOCIAL RELATIONS WHERE YOU STUDIED VALUE PRACTICES WHERE YOU WORKED EXHIBITIONS PUBLICATIONS SKIN COLOUR LOCATION BODILY ABILITY VALUES GENDER APPEARANCE AGE LABOUR AND RESOURCE EXPLOITATION ELSEWHERE HOW DO YOU CARVE OUT TIME TO THINK ABOUT Element 1: NOmadic workshops throughout Europe
  5. 5. Element 2: On-line platform www.precaritypilot.net
  6. 6. context of intervention Design is today widely discussed as a form of politIcs and activism. but the models of practice proposed are still based on conventional forms of organising and thinking about economies, clients and success. thinking and Strategising with... community economies, commons & commoning, solidarity economies, self-organising, ...
  7. 7. some of the Blockages we encounter ― ROMANTICISATION OF THE PROFESSION ― UNIVERSALISED notion of ‘success’
  8. 8. ROMANTICISATION of the profession ― precarious conditions ‘happen’ only to those who are not good at what they do. ― WE Need to shift this imaginary. it blocks solidarity and hides THE FACT that the conditions within the creative industries systemically exclude the less privileged.
  9. 9. UNIVERSALISED notion of success ― ‘success’ means to be able to secure your livelihood soley through market-transactions. ― This mystifies that lots of designers who are ‘successful’ are so because they could/can count on all sorts of non-market support.
  10. 10. Strategy 1: Making the diverse support-elements of design visible to be able to deconstruct, transform AND redirect them RECOGNISING WHAT SUSTAINS OUR PRACTICES SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS SEXUALITYMATERIAL RESOURCES WORK-LIFE BALANCE TECHNICAL SKILLS LIFE STYLE INTERPERSONAL SKILLS COMMUNICATION SKILLS ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS SOCIAL RELATIONS WHERE YOU STUDIED VALUE PRACTICES WHERE YOU WORKED EXHIBITIONS PUBLICATIONS SKIN COLOUR LOCATION BODILY ABILITY VALUES GENDER APPEARANCE AGE LABOUR AND RESOURCE EXPLOITATION ELSEWHERE Iceberg inspired by J.K. Gibson-Graham
  11. 11. strategy 2: giving visibility to designers and ‘progettisti’* who activate unconventional, inventive and supportive economies. EXAMPLES ABOUND. INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED UNTIL NOW: ― 26’10 South Architects (ZAF) ― Åbäke (GRB) ― Blackbark (GRB) ― Ecolabs (GRB/USA) ― Footprint Co-op (GRB) ― Formes Vives (FRA) ― HomeShop (CHN) ― Kultivator (SWE) ― Make People Do Lab (ITA) ― PLATFORM (UK) ― Škart (SRB) ― Ultra-red (USA/EU) * Italian for ‘someone WHO DOES projects’
  12. 12. Thank you bravenewalps@gmail.com www.brave-new-alps.com leeds-art.academia.edu/BiancaElzenbaumerBraveNewAlps

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