The Chace Center, RISD Museum of Art

    A symposium presented by the RISD-BROWN Critical Design Research Initiative.

    Friday, April 24, 2015, 9:30–5:30 p.m.
    The Chace Center, RISD Museum of Art

    Susan Yelavich, Design Studies, Parsons
    Paolo Cardini, Industrial Design, RISD
    Cameron Tonkinwisev, Design Studies, Carnegie Mellon
    Charlie Cannon, Industrial Design, RISD
    Damian White, History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences, RISD
    Jose Itzigsohn, Sociology, Brown
    Caroline Woolard, Art Workers and Freelance Unions
    Colin McSwiggen, Jacobin Magazine
    Ijlal Muzaffar, History of Art and Visual Culture, RISD
    Yuriko Saito, History, Philosophy and Social Science, RISD
    Daniel Peltz, Film, Animation and Video, RISD
    Bhrigupati Singh, Anthropology, Brown
    Ian Gonsher, Engineering, Brown
    Anne Tate, Architecture, RISD
    Kathleen Grevers, Apparel Design, RISD
    Beth Mosher, Industrial Design, RISD
    Erik Anderson, History of Art and Visual Culture, RISD
    Lili Herman, DESINE-LAB, RISD

    Critical Design Critical Futures: A Symposium

    In the face of widening social inequality, democratic decline and a basic erosion of the ecological health of the planet, many sections of design and the social sciences appear poised to take a critical turn. Emerging debates around “speculative design”, “re-directive practices”, “discursive design”, “adversarial design” and “transitional design” all indicate an deep impatience with the status quo, a desire to challenge social and environmental injustices and a growing sense that things need to change and change quickly. Many currents of the social sciences would appear to be keen to move from endless deconstruction to reconstruction.

    Critical Design/Critical Futures will begin a conversation about the potential for creative dialogue and critique between critical design and the critical social sciences. In this symposium we will explore the different ways in which forms of critical design are now being conceptualized and enacted. We will think about the designer as worker and workers as self-organizing creative designers. We will critically interrogate the aesthetics of obfuscation that surrounds mainstream design. Finally, Critical Design/Critical Futures will consider how critical design, design activism and design led social innovation might productively open up new horizons for speculative futures.

    Tickets available HERE