After Bianca successfully passed her PhD viva without corrections (!), we’ll be showing a selection of works generated over the past three years within the framework of Designing Economic Cultures at “It’s Not Very Nice That: Graphic Design and Politics“, an exhibition curated by Neil McGuire with Cat Rossi as Consultant Curator.
The exhibition is programmed by The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, in association with the Glasgow School of Art.
On the 16th January we will run a small workshop focussing on education at the Royal College of Art in Architecture’s ADS3: Architecture and Activism, coordinated by public works (Andreas Lang, Torange Khonsari) and Francesco Sebregondi.
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From January to June 2014, we’ll be fellows at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.
Since February 2013, together with the New Cross Commoners, we’ve been exploring the commons and practices of commoning in our local neighbourhood in London. From this collective engagement, which comprised reading groups, site visits, radical history walks, workshops and visits by other commoners, we’ve now produced a first publication in order to share our process with others.
Download the pdf-version of the publication.
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On December 5th, we’ll be contributing to the launch of Critical Mass – A creative catalyst for positive change at the London College of Communication. This curriculum-embedded project – coordinated by Sarah Temple and Tara Hanrahan – examines sustainable challenges and establishes ethical design-thinking via university and public engagement.
We’re happy that the proceedings of the conference “Graphic Design, Exhibiting, Curating”, which we contributed to in June 2012 have been published.
We will be contributing to the symposium Uncertain Outcomes in the Collaborative Process at Camberwell Space on November 21, 2.30am to 4.30am, London.
The symposium is part of the exhibition All Things Considered, which brings together the works of an on-going collaboration between twelve art students based in London and Barcelona.
On Monday 21st October, we’ll conduct a workshop with about eighty 3rd year students on the Graphic Design course at the University of the West of England in Bristol. An account of the day should be published soon.
Stephen Knott , one of the early participants of Department 21 , wrote a beautiful text about the project, which was published on the book Collaboration through Craft, edited by Amanda Ravetz, Alice Kettle and Helen Felcey. Thank you Stephen!
On the 27th and 28th September, together with the South Tyrolean association Adam & Epfl, we will be leading a workshop at the hands-on conference By design or by disaster at the Free University of Bozen/Bolzano.
To find out more about the conference that reflects on how designers can contribute to a transition towards sustainable futures and to register for the workshop, visit: By design or by disaster, 26-28 September 2013
Next week, together with Lucia Farinati , we’ll lead a workshop in the frame of the festival Futuro Presente in Rovereto, Italy. The core of the four days will be a soundwalk, during which a personal selection of places in Rovereto will be visited and listened to by the group of participants. During the following days the experiences and impressions of the group will be discussed and sound recordings will be made, which then will be played during a conclusive public event.
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June, 10.30-13.30 & 14.30-17.30
Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June, 17.00-20.00
Tuesday 18 June, 20.00-22.00 conclusive event
Download the complete program of the workshop in Italian
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Brave New Winter and Intacta Ltd. are included in the book Designing Invasions – A study on the military nature of mass tourism by Alessandro Santarossa.
On the 3rd May 2013, Bianca along with Caterina Giuliani from the Construction site will present the project Designers’ Inquiry at the conference “The Politics of Workers’ Inquiry” , which will take place at the University of Essex in Colchester, UK.
A text by Department 21 & Pippa Koszerek was included in the contribution “ALPHABETALOG – An anti-manifesto” by the Design Academy Eindhoven for the February issue of Abitare.
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On April 26 and 27, we’ll contribute to the symposium “Design der Zukunft” (Design of the Future) at the Duale-Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Ravensburg.
On the 9th April, in combination with the opening of the Milan Design Week, we are launching the publication of the results that emerged from the Designers’ Inquiry questionnaire.
Go to the publication’s dedicated web site in order to buy it or download it as pdf
Designers’ Inquiry is an investigation into the social and economic profile of who today defines him or herself as “designer”. The project was launched in April 2012 through an anonymous online questionnaire, which in two months collected the responses of 767 designers operating in Italy. The publication Designers’ Inquiry is the account of the data and the testimonies collected.
The publication will be for sale* in printed form at Careof DOCVA, a space for contemporary cultural production at the Fabbrica del Vapore. Furthermore, we will be roving around the city to distribute the report in various locations with a mobile stall. Keep an eye open for the flag:
* The price of the booklet (A4, printed on Risograph) is 3€ for one copy and 4€ for two. The raised money will be used to cover the production costs.
Next Tuesday at 7pm we’ll participate in the discussion “How does design function in a recession?” , which is part of the Design Culture Salon series at the V&A.
Tomorrow at 4pm we will give a talk about Designing Economic Cultures at Goldsmiths College as part of the “Design Means” series organised by the Design department. The lecture will take place in the Hexagon (Lockwood Building).
On Wednesday, 27 February at 11.30am, we will be speaking about our work at Leeds Met in a lecture series co-organised by Conway+Young.