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As (socially engaged) designers (students and neighbours) (in neoliberal times)?

June 24th – July 10th 2020Wednesday to Friday

(How) do we (want to) work (together) (as (socially engaged) designers (students and neighbours) (in neoliberal times)?

Since 2011, Studio Experimental Design of the University of Fine Arts Hamburg has been practicing a politically and socially engaged design approach with the Public Design Support St. Pauli. It is an attempt to use design resources to work with and for those usually excluded from design. This critical attitude towards design enables and requires new work practices.

However, how do collective and interdisciplinary working relationships function? How are alternative practices and subjectivities located in the context of the radical social changes in labour and learning conditions in neoliberalism? How can we build new solidary forms of cooperation?

Open discussions, interdisciplinary cooperation, collectivity, excessive discourses, student self-organisation, blending of theory and practice, or the diverse involvement of non-university initiatives and actors are characteristics of the current search for alternative forms of (collaboration -) work. Discussing, designing and testing these is an integral part of the examination of design.

As part of Design Lab #6 of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Berlin, the Studio Experimental Design of the Hamburg University of Fine Arts is inviting to a three-week online-research festival. Text from "How to Work" website.



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