A New Divide? Social and Economic Challenges in Contemporary Design


Am 16. Januar findet eine interessante Konferenz zum Thema “Social and Economic Challenges in Contemporary Design” statt, die ihr euch auf keinen Fall entgehen lassen solltet.

Aus dem Pressetext: At first glance, it seems that the former divide between applied and fine arts has been replaced by a new separation – i.e., the distinction between creative economy and the visual arts. At closer inspection, however, it becomes obvious that any boundaries between different creative fields are far less significant than the economic divide that is to be found within these fields, for instance, within the visual arts as well as graphic design.

On the one hand, conceptual approaches and critical practices in graphic design and in the visual arts are increasingly similar to each other, and in both fields, these practices are frequently connected to small-scale projects and largely dependent on public funding. On the other hand, commercially oriented ventures reach an impressive scale both in design and the visual arts. The two worlds hardly meet and the gap is growing. 

The conference aims to explore the increasing divides between social and economic agendas in contemporary graphic design. It will discuss graphic design’s potential in connection with the work of designers who have strong ties to Amsterdam and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, but have different origins and succeed in various social and economic contexts.

This conference is based on research by Barbara Steiner, carried out in Amsterdam upon the invitation of Goethe-Institut Amsterdam and Castrum Peregrini. The conference is realised in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Amsterdam. 

With: Bart de Baets, Stuart Bailey, Elisabeth Klement & Van Deursen, Radim Peško, Rebecca Stephany

Conceived by: Barbara Steiner

A New Divide? Social and Economic Challenges in Contemporary Design

Wann: 16.01.2015, 11 – 17 Uhr
Wo: Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst
Karl-Tauschnitz-Straße 11
04107 Leipzig

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