Social matter, social design

Social matter, social design

For good or bad, all design is social

Author: Valiz Books and Projects

Beautifully produced and designed, Social matter, social design is a real enrichment for the socially conscious designer. Through its diverse essays, creative people can become aware of their role in society. This is how conscious design begins.

Social matter, social design challenges the way we look at, think of, and interact with the social world by emphasizing the role of materiality. This enlarged field for engagement demands that design incorporates a more nuanced and complex reading of how the social is intertwined with the material, which confronts the often reductive or simplistic notion of ‘social design,’ and offers novel forms of critical and meaningful engagement at a time of mounting social contradictions.

The essays in this book explore and unveil uncanny, disconcerting or discordant connections, bricolages, assumptions or breaches at critical junctures for transformation. They are centered around four major themes: the body; earth; the political; and technology.

Jan Boelen is a curator, educator and researcher in art and design. He has been the head of the Master’s department of Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) since 2010. In 2019, Jan was elected as the New Rector of Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG).

Michael Kaethler is a sociologist of design whose work focuses on the transmission, production and embodiment of knowledge in art and design-oriented practices.

Contributors: Jonas Althaus, Stéphane Barbier Bouvet, Mariangela Beccoi, Ellie Birkhead, Gali Blay, Jan Boelen, Nadine Botha, Pablo Calderón Salazar, Marianne Drews, Brecht Duijf, Anastasia Eggers, Gabriel Fontana, Saba Golchehr, Alorah Harman, Dick van Hoff, Michael Kaethler, Eric Klarenbeek, Kuang-Yi Ku, Gabriel .A. Maher, Henrique Nascimento, Elisa Otañez, Ottonie von Roeder, Søren Rosenbak, Angela Rui, Vera Sacchetti, Noud Sleumer, Vivien Tauchmann, Henriette Waal

Social matter, social design

Book Design: Wibke Bramesfeld & Billy Ernst
Publisher: Valiz
Research supported by Creative Industries Fund NL
In collaboration with Design Academy Eindhoven
Release: 2020
Volume: 240 Pages
Production: Paperback with Flaps
Language: English
Paper: Arcoprint Milk 15 150 g/sm, Munken Pure 120 g/sm, Munken Print Cream 15 90 g/sm, Olin Regular Absolute White 60 g/sm
Format: 22 × 14 cm
ISBN: 978-94-92095-84-8
Price: € 19.90 (incl. VAT)

Social matter, social design

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