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Design as Symptom

There is no doubt that design today is more than ever a symptom of contemporary culture. It seems today that there is no thing or surface that is not the work of a designer. Design covers everything and everyone in a dense network of quite subtle relations, clever allusions and ironic background references. In design, society shows how it is and also how it wants to be; its knowledge, secret desires, cravings and suppressed longings are no less apparent than its neuroses and psychological abysses. The question however is: What exactly is it that design shows? And how is it shown? What is communicated and how? What is the effect of signs in our rapid, frequently automated everyday perception? Can design indeed speak, or does the specific nature of design by itself allow us to form an emotional relationship with the world? The international conference Design as Symptom – Things, Signs and their Effects invites notable designers and architects, as well as personalities from the fields of philosophy, linguistics, design and architectural theory to Bozen in order to ask the question of design as a living symptom of present culture. Faculty of Design and Art of Free University of Bolzano-Bozen – in cooperation with Architecturaltheory.eu.

Design as Symptom / Paul Bailey / Work Preview

Paul Bailey is an Irish graphic designer, researcher and lecturer based in London. Upon graduating from the MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins (2008), Paul became Course Director, BA(Hons) Graphic Design, South Essex College (2008-10) and has since worked as Lead Tutor FdA/BA(Hons) Design for Graphic Communication and BA(Hons) Graphic & Media Design at […]

Symptom Design / Andreas Hapkemeyer / Bauten als Zeichen. Architektur der 30er in Bozen

Andreas Hapkemeyer (*1955; Dr. habil.) ist Germanist und Kunsthistoriker. Er ist freiberuflich tätig als Kurator, Autor und Dozent für Germanistik bzw. Kunstgeschichte (Universität Innsbruck) und für Kommunikationswissenschaft (Universität Bozen). Er ist Generalsekretär der International Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam. 1995 habilitierte er sich in Neuerer deutscher Literatur an der Universität Innsbruck. Von 2000-2006 war er Direktor des […]

Design as Symptom / Tatsuma Padoan / Beneath Signs

This paper intends to investigate the functioning and efficacy of visual design in everyday urban life, by exploring the strategies of prescription and negotiation of behaviours employed by a particular corpus of subway posters. In September 1974 the Tokyo Metro subway company spread a series of posters which invited, in a humoristic style, to respect […]

Symptom Design / Jan Bovelet / Architecture as language – semiotic componential analysis of architecture a la Charles Jencks

Charles Jencks gilt als einer der Hauptvertreter der Architekturtheorie der Post-Moderne. Sein Buch “The Language of Post-Modern Architecture” von 1977 kann quasi als eines der theoretischen Gründungsdokumente der Postmoderne gelten. In diesem Buch grenzt er die postmoderne Architektur kultur- und architekturgeschichtlich von der architektonischen Moderne ab, dem er den Begriff der Post-Moderne aus der Literaturwissenschaft […]

Design as Symptom / Peter Crnokrak / Data visualisation as critical art practice

Peter Crnokrak (*1970, PhD) is an internationally renowned graphic artist and the Director of The Luxury of Protest studio in London. Born in Croatia and raised in Canada, he studied computational art at Concordia University, evolutionary biology at The University of Western Ontario and quantitative genetics at McGill University. He has worked as a senior […]

Symptom Design / Roland Posner / Semiotische Grundlagen des Design

Design ist die Gestaltung von Gegenständen mit dem Ziel, dass sie mit Hilfe ihrer wahrnehmbaren Eigenschaften Informationen über sich selbst mitteilen. Man unterscheidet dabei den Gestaltungsprozess (d.h. die Arbeit der Designer, die Designaktivität) vom Gestaltungsergebnis (d.h. dem Designobjekt mit seinen wahrnehmbaren Eigenschaften) und vom Mitteilungsvorgang (d.h. dem Designerlebnis). Wenig umstritten ist unter Designtheoretikern, dass Designobjekte […]