Pleased to see a text of mine published in UN MUNDO FELIZ’s latest trilingual book “Protest!“ on Pictogram Activism. Impressive collection of 400 pictos and texts by Liz McQuiston, Steven Heller, Avram Finkelstein, Sarah Corbett, Tom Bieling, Bettina Richter, Steve Lambert, Fons Hickmann, Lincoln Cushing, King ADZ, and more.

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

Theory of Design

July 30, 2021

29 approaches to the Theory of Design, edited by Tom Bieling.

Authors: Alika Rusakova, Alma Mag, Anastasiia Filippenko, Anna Perathoner, Anna-Katharina Adams, Beatrice Costa, Clarisse Xingyi Lim, Erika Indra, Eve Utkham, Gabriella Olsson, Gal Ambrozic, Israa Abouelkhair, Keesjan Davids, Léa Sadoine, Lion Zeise, Lisa Twamley, Lise Blekastad, Lucinaa Jasso Segovia, Magda Mokrzan, Maria Eduarda Cedeno, Mert Kizilelma, Mina Brattsti Bache-Mathiesen, Nand Sai, Sharan Koppisetti, Özkan Bak, Stéphanie Falcione, Taya Atiia, Temi Kamara, Thi Cuc Phuong Vo, Tom Bieling, Treaza Girgis, Vera Solevska, Weronika Syrkowska, Yannick Schlenzig, Yasin Serkan.
Berlin International, 2021.

Layout: Ada Basar, Erika Indra, Mert Kizilelma
Video: Erika Indra

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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

Thrilled to announce that my new book “Inklusion als Entwurf” (Inclusion as Design) is now available!

»Wie wir Dinge gestalten, hat einen maßgeblichen Einfluss darauf, was oder wen wir als ›normal‹ oder ›normabweichend‹ empfinden. Design markiert somit die Grenzbereiche zwischen In- und Exklusion, indem es implizit Rollen- und Wertebilder konfiguriert und dabei gleichermaßen in den Herstellungs- und Deutungsprozess von Normalität involviert ist.

Wenn solche Normvorstellungen durch Design mitkonstruiert werden, bedeutet das im Umkehrschluss jedoch auch, dass sie sich durch Design dekonstruieren, also kritisch hinterfragen und verändern lassen: Design kann also auch Gegenmodelle entwickeln.

Tom Bieling deckt auf zahlreichen Ebenen Verbindungen von Design und Inklusion auf und leitet daraus nicht nur neue Operationsbereiche für Designer ab, sondern liefert auch Anknüpfungspunkte für andere Praxis- und Wissensfelder.«


[Foto: Hans Sauer Stiftung]

Ab 30. September 2019
Tom Bieling: Inklusion als Entwurf
Birkhäuser / DeGruyter
BIRD Board of International Research in Design
320 Seiten, deutsch
ISBN-10: 3035620202
ISBN-13: 978-3035620207

Book: Integrative Design

June 15, 2019

Design reflects social developments in those issues which are also embraced by design researchers. A key concept for how designers position themselves in the future, according to the editor’s thesis, may well be integrative design. This term denotes design’s potential for the integrative development of a society, a potential imperatively linked with economic and political positions.

The book Integrative Design collects basic essays on aspects of integrative design, including design after ownership, inclusion, design as an interface with society, the integration of design and technology, and the political agenda of design. The associated website documents research projects that expand on these aspects.

Essays by Jörg Petruschat, Tony Fry, Cameron Tonkinwise, Ursula Tischner,
Anna Meroni, Tom Bieling, Sandra Groll and Helge Oder.

Ralf Michel (Ed.): Integrative Design – Essays and Projects on Design Research
Birkhäuser / DeGrutyer / BIRD Board of International Research in Design
ISBN-13: 978-3038216445

TINCON (short for Teenage Internetwork Convention) is a conference for teenagers and young adults that revolves around the central theme of “digital youth culture”. In lectures, discussions and workshops, the 13- to 21-year-old visitors deal with topics such as digitalization, society, politics, environmental protection and lifestyle. I was invited to give a talk on the social aspects of technology and host a very exciting session with Dennis Wilkens and Beatrice Gold about the role of technology in our everyday lives.

Tom Bieling at TINCON 2016

In order to understand and to deal with contemporary societies, different concepts are possible or necessary. Some of the essential elements in Richard Sennett’s work to do so, are related to the notion of Work, Capitalism, City and also to Ritual and Religion as fundamental structures (of Society). A couple of days ago, i met Mr. Sennett* for a coffee and we had a fascinating conversation on material culture, democracy and according “power relations”, also the role of technology was discussed. The central question: What kind of technology do we need? Sennett put it in a nutshell, as you will see in this designabilities video.

* Richard Sennett ist the Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and University Professor oft he Humanities at New York University. Sennett has studied social ties in cities, and the effects of urban living on invividuals in the modern world.

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).