In the past, designers created objects. Today, practically everything is designed: the climate, processes, refugee camps. But when everything is designed, it is high time to stop judging design solely on aesthetic criteria. According to Friedrich von Borries, we need a political theory of design. Man is forced to design the conditions under which he lives. If this happens in such a way that options for action are reduced, we are dealing with subjugation.
In his manifesto The World as Project – A Political Theory of Design
, Friedrich von Borries argues for a design (of survival, society, the self) that evades the totalitarian logic of securitization and imagines new forms of living together against the ideology of lack of alternatives.
About the speakers
© Friedrich von Borries
Friedrich von Borries
, born 1974, is an architect and since 2009 Professor for Design Theory at the HFBK (Hochschule für bildende Künste/University of Fine Arts), Hamburg. He studied architecture at the Berlin University of the Arts, the ISA St. Luc Bruxelles and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), where he received a Ph.D. in 2004. He also worked as research assistant and lecturer at the Berlin Technical University (2001-2003) and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (2002-2005) and was research fellow at the ETH Zurich (2007-2008) and The MIT, Massachusetts. In 2007, he became visiting professor for Urban Research at the Nuremberg Academy of Fine Arts. From 2003 to 2009 he run the office raumtaktik in Berlin together with Matthias Böttger. In 2008, he was general commissioner and curator of the German Contribution to the XI. Venice Architectural Biennal.
At the HFBK Hamburg and in his Berlin based "Projektbüro", Friedrich von Borries works with a flexible, interdisciplinary Team, being reassembled for every project according to its demands. The methods and practices of different disciplines flow into the projects, including: Design, Architecture and Urban Planning, which meet Art, Dance and Theatre, Theory of Design, Architecture, Urbanity as well as Media Sciences, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Politics and History.
© Moniek Wegdam
Saskia van Stein
is an independent curator, moderator, and educator with an emphasis on design and architecture. Since 2019 she's headmaster of the MA entitled The Critical Inquiry Lab
, a department with artistic (design)research at its core. The course provides an environment for the development of a design practice understood as a cultural signifier and an agent of change. She was Director at Bureau Europa, platform for architecture and design, in Maastricht (2013–2019). Van Stein worked as a curator at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (now Het Nieuwe Instituut) in Rotterdam (2003–2012). She contributes to the development of cultural discourse, and she’s a board member of multiple advisory committees, involved in the several juries and advisory bodies such as The Independent School for the City and the architectural peer to peer review journal Oase
Van Stein has a deep-seated interest in a broad range of topics, in the discourse of exhibition-making and the politics of representation. During her carrier she has experimented and explores different formats and methods of knowledge production and performative display. Through a broad cultural perspective, Van Stein examines issues related to sociatal urgencies and how they manifest and resonate at different scales/ levels. Her cultural practice and interests address the intricate relational complex of technological, political, economic, psychological, and cultural phenomena and how these are analyzed, addressed, visualized, mediated or expressed in the designed environment.
Besides her work as Head of Department at the Design Academy, she is a PhD candidate at the Curatorial Research Community at the Technical University of Eindhoven.
I.s.m. Jap Sam Books