Organised by Beatriz Colomina & Mark Wigley
ARE WE HUMAN? -- DESIGN AFTER DESIGN
Date: Friday 13 May 2016
Venue: Lecture Hall
In this event, the curators of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, exhibition architect, some of the London based participants, and some leading design theorists and critics engage its central theme:
ARE WE HUMAN?
THE DESIGN OF THE SPECIES
200,000 years 200 years, 2 years, 2 seconds
Design always presents itself as serving the human but its real ambition is to redesign the human. To talk about design is to talk about the state of our species. Humans have always been radically reshaped by the designs they produce and the world of design keeps expanding. We live in a time when everything is designed, from our carefully crafted individual looks and online identities, to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals, organisms, and genetic codes. Even the planet itself has been completely encrusted by design as a geological layer. There is no longer an outside to the world of design. Design has become the world. The default concept of “good design” that was incubated in London in the mid nineteenth-century is no longer adequate. It is an anesthetic that has worn off. The urgent question is what is design after design?
For information on the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, and the open call for 2 minute videos: http://arewehuman.iksv.org/
Introduction: 1.30pm- to 1.45
Presentation of the Biennial theme: 1.45pm to 2.30pm
Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley
Session 1: 2.30pm-4.15pm
John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Ronnskog
Revital Cohen and Tuur van Balen
Session 2: 4.45pm-6.30 pm
All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.