Public Space and Agonistic Pluralism in Design: The Case of Conflict Kitchen
"Conflict Kitchen", a project by designer and artists Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski, aims to use the social relationship of food and economic exchange to engage the general public in discussions about countries, cultures, and the polarizing rhetoric of governmental politics. Read article.
The Subversive Capacity of DIY Instructions
The present article analyzes the role assembling instructions and written pieces of design play in DIY practices that articulated sustainable design practices and discourses with social justice ideas through the performance of an alternative model of production and consumption. I focus my research on three examples: Nomadic Furniture, Autoprogettazione? and “Make:,” and the ways in which they are used by designers and non-designers to generate a public forum for an alternative design practice and lifestyle. Read Article.
Political Agency in Design: Two Examples
Originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young, the collaboration “Fallen Fruits” intends to, “reimagine public interactions with the margins of urban space, systems of community and narrative real-time experience.” The project, which began by mapping the growth of fruit trees on public property in Los Angeles, and rapidly expanded to other cities, makes use of design (maps) to accomplish its goal. Although the collaboration has also grown to include other kinds of events such as, “serialized public projects and site-specific installations and happenings in various cities around the world”75 the maps are perhaps its most engaging aspect.“Fallen Fruits” is a good example of an art project that has a specific aesthetic and aims at providing a critical exchange, by using designerly ways of doing things. It is an aesthetic act that generates, in Rancière’s words “an aesthetic dissensus”. Request full text.