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
Sign up here
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.
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.
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.
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 the 9th and 10th March, Bianca will be contributing to the UniNomade seminar “The Art of the Struggle” in Palermo at the Teatro Garibaldi Aperto . She will act as spokesperson for the Cantiere per pratiche non-affermative during a week-end that aims at discussing how to transform the precarious working conditions cultural workers experience.
We’re happy to announce that the Construction site for non-affirmative practice has a new web site .
Our recent observation Dheisheh’s Common Green was published in the ‘guest artist’ section of the website of professionaldreamers , “a small, independent publisher that collects and promotes essays on space and society”. Thank you Mubi and Lorenzo Navone, who wrote the beautiful introductory comment (Italian only).
The Designers’ Inquiry project is about to enter a new phase, namely the visualisation and publication of the data we collected from the almost 800 Italian designers who participated in the inquiry last year.
We just published two new entries in the ‘works’ section: the publication Commons & Commoning and the observation Dheisheh’s Common Green, which we both worked during our recent 3-months stay in Palestine at Campus in Camps . We hope you enjoy them.
Until the beginning of December we will be working as “project activators” at Campus in Camps .
Coming Tuesday we will be contributing to the conference Graphic Design, Exhibiting, Curating , organised by Maddalena Dalla Mura and Giorgio Camuffo at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano.
We included the first 9 interviews we conducted in the frame of Designing Economic Cultures in a small publication, which is part of the exhibition Panorama 4 (16.06-30.09.2012, Franzensfeste-Fortezza). Visitors can assemble their publication and take it away.
Download the publication (zip, 2,1 Mb)