February 14, 2022

In this book trailer for the book DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM, three of the co-authors – Alastair Fuad-Luke, Thomas Markussen and Cathy Gale – present their concepts on Design as Activism and Activism as Design.

DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM (BOOK TRAILER)

“DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM is a book about how the worlds of Design and Activism (could) inspire each other. It focuses on theories and practices related to the role of design in terms of addressing, provoking, creating and disrupting political discourse. Starting from traditional forms of protest, visual languages of resistance, speculative aspects of dissent, to new forms of digital participation, this will help us to better understand the rituals, structures and meanings of design activism in history and the present, clarifying that design is intrinsically social and supremely political. And it shall help us to derive arguments and examples for the transformative potential of future design (and) activism.

The volume contains contributions by Alastair Fuad-Luke, Guy Julier, Ann Thorpe, Chantal Mouffe, Gui Bonsiepe, Thomas Markussen, Gavin Grindon, Michael Erlhoff, Anna Feigenbaum, Cathy Gale, Barbara Hoidn, Stephen Duncombe, Steve Lambert, Harald Gruendl, Fernando Luiz Lara, Tom Bieling, Pierre Smolarski, Marcel René Marburger, Maziar Rezai and Mikala Hyldig Dal.

http://www.design-activism.org

Video / Editing / Conception: Kai Hattermann / filetroyal.com @ 2021

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Big shout outs to Torben Körschkes (Webdesign), Philipp Gieseler (Development) and Ethan Nakache / Collletttivo (Font: Sprat).

Happy to announce DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM to be published as the first title in the book series Design Meanings (Mimesis Edizioni).

This is a book about how the worlds of design and activism (could) inspire each other. The book focuses on theories and practices related to the role of Design in terms of addressing, provoking and creating political discourse. Starting from traditional forms of protest, visual languages of resistance, to new forms of digital participation, this will help us to better understand the rituals, structures and meanings of design activism in history and the present, clarifying that design is intrinsically social and supremely political. And it shall help us to derive arguments and examples for the transformative potential of future design (and) activism.

The volume contains contributions by Alastair Fuad-Luke, Guy Julier, Ann Thorpe, Chantal Mouffe, Gui Bonsiepe, Thomas Markussen, Gavin Grindon, Michael Erlhoff, Anna Feigenbaum, Cathy Gale, Barbara Hoidn, Stephen Duncombe, Steve Lambert, Harald Gruendl, Fernando Luiz Lara, Tom Bieling, Pierre Smolarski, Marcel René Marburger, Maziar Rezai or Mikala Hyldig Dal.

Available since 30. October 2019
Tom Bieling (Ed.): DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM –
Perspectives on Design as Activism and Activism as Design
Mimesis International; ISBN 978-8869772412
254 Pages, English
ISBN: 9788869772412

Further Info via the International Research Network on Design (and) Activism at www.design-activism.org

F L U G M U S I K

January 11, 2014

F L U G M U S I K (Projektleitung: Tillmann Dehnhard & Tom Bieling

Eine Woche lang arbeiteten Studierende aus verschiedenen Fachbereichen der Berliner Universität der Künste (UdK) zusammen an fliegenden Klangobjekten und klingenden Flugobjekten. Objekte, die schweben, gleiten, geworfen oder katapultiert werden. Objekte, die klingen, singen, knattern und flüstern. Einzige Grundbedingungen: kein Strom, kein Schwarzpulver. Leitung: Tilmann Dehnhard (Jazzinstitut Berlin) Tom Bieling (Design Research Lab) Videoschnitt: Antje Lass.
Das Projekt F L U G M U S I K ist Teil der “Campus Kollision” 2014 (Trailer).

DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY

July 23, 2013

In the winter semester 2012/13, a group of 130 9th semester graphic-, media- and product-design students from German University in Cairo (GUC) and GUC Campus Berlin have been participating in the Cairo- and Berlin-based Project “DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY”, lead by Tom Bieling (Design Research Lab, Berlin). The intercultural project, related to the course “Advanced Research Methods”, focuses on the designer’s role in terms of understanding, influencing and creating social sustainable processes in urban context. The guiding questions were: What role does the design of urban environment and public spaces play in terms of enabling or hindering social interaction? What role do “objects” play in this context? A special fo­cus was laid out on social Interaction between people with “conflict potential” (e.g. old-young, man-woman, rich-poor, different cultural or religious backgrounds, state — people, etc….). Final goal of the course was, to find (designerley) ways of solving the social Problems, the participants discovered, using the broad range of de­sign-relevant issues and skillz (e.g. Product-, Service-, Information-, Interaction-, Event-, …Design).

This video collects some of the manifold impressions from the project. The project has been accomponied by a blog, meant to document the process and the outcomes of this project. Click here, if you want to learn more about DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY! http://designingsociety.wordpress.com/

Credits: The video contains material from the following project teams, in its order of appearance: Project “The burial Chamber” (Hesham Ashour, Mohamed El Kholy, Shreef Kamesh) Project “New Cairo Residents vs Street Vendors” (Ahd Badawy, Heba Sherif, Mariam El-Tonsy, Nadine Azim, Yasmine Motaleb) Project “Kiosk Hangout” (Alyaa El Gharby, Aya El-Shawarby, Dina El Said, Nehal Reda, Salma Bayoumi, Sara Sallam) Project “Don’t judge me!” (Ayounour Hussein, Farah Galal, Salma El Far, Samar Khazbak, Shaymaa Ezzo, ) Project “Sexual Harassment” (Aya Elsify, Esraa Thabet, Hend Awad, Mennat-Allah Kheireldin, Norhan Abdelmosen, Noura Hussein)

Supervision: Tom Bieling, 2012/13

Radio Interview on the Project DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY.

To listen or download the Interview click here! (Language: German).

For further Infos on the project click here!

Or “watch” it on Youtube:

On the 4th October an impressive protest march of the deaf-blind took place in Berlin. Many of the participants took the opportunity to express and tweet their thoughts, demands, needs, wishes and requests with the @LormHand.

The Lorm Hand is an installation, which connects deaf-blind people with twitter or other social networks. Using touch sensory technology, the Lorm Hand enables deaf-blind people to compose text messages by applying the tactile hand-touch alphabet LORM, a common way of communication used by the deaf-blind. After typing a message on the Lorm Hand, it can immediately be tweeted or shared with social networks.

The Lorm Hand was created by the Design Research Lab initially for this event, so that the protest would go online and could be shared with a broader community. Furthermore the Lorm Hand has been used as a tool of communication for other non deaf-blind people, who are generally interested in the topic “deaf-blindness” and who can use it as a learning tool, to literally get in touch with the idea of LORM or deaf-blind culture in general.