Design Lab #6

(How) do we (want to) work (together) (as (socially engaged) designers (students and neighbours)) (in neoliberal times)?

Museum of Decorative Arts

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In connection with Design Lab #6, the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin hosts the exhibition (How) do we (want to) work (together) (as (socially engaged) designers (students and neighbours)) (in neoliberal times)? It presents the results of a three-week festival that will be held preceding the opening in collaboration with the Studio Experimentelles Design der Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg.

The following questions are of particular interest:

  • How do collective and interdisciplinary groups function?
  • How should alternative practices and subjectivities be considered within the context of radical social change in labour relations and forms of learning in neoliberal times?
  • How can new solidarity-based forms of cooperation be developed?

An important working hypothesis for the festival is the need for a critical societal discussion about impact of the radical change occurring in labour relations around the world. The increasing disparity in earning capacity, accelerated global division of labour, neoliberal subjectification of risks and conflicts, and expanding precarity on all levels also affect design – specifically in each individual’s working conditions as well as in the daily lives of those involved in design, either as practitioners or as people affected by it.

A Three-week Festival at the Kunstgewerbemuseum

Within the framework of a three-week public festival at the Kunstgewerbemuseum, the Studio Experimentelles Design will consider academic self-organisation, artistic collectivity, life-long (un-)learning, care work, self-exploitation, network structures, the dilemma of project logic, involuntary personal responsibility, alternative economies, informality, immaterial work, art strikes, precarity, alienation and new subjectivities. To this end the Studio will be moving temporarily from Hamburg to Berlin, to an interior courtyard of the Kunstgewerbemuseum. Three days a week the public is invited to attend readings, eat, hang out, listen to lectures and tinker. Design, work and teaching will be discussed as socially committed and politically involved practices with guests, friends and the audience.

The Studio Experimentelles Design

The Studio Experimentelles Design has been pursuing a politically and socially committed approach to design with the Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung in St. Pauli (Hamburg), a community design consultancy, since 2011. The collaboration is an attempt to use design to work with and for those people generally excluded from design. This critical approach to design enables and demands new ways of working.

The Design Lab series is supported by Board of the Kuratorium Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Board of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation).

Museum of Decorative Arts
10785 Berlin



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