Critical by Design?

Genealogies, Practices, Positions

In its constructive and speculative nature, design has the critical potential to reshape prevalent socio-material realities. At the same time, design is inevitably normative, if not often violent, as it stabilises the past, normalises the present, and precludes just and sustainable futures. The contributions rethink concepts of critique that influence the field of design, question inherent blind spots of the discipline, and expand understandings of what critical design practices could be.

With contributions from design theory, practice and education, art theory, philosophy, and informatics, »Critical by Design?« aims to question and unpack the ambivalent tensions between design and critique.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 3
  2. Contents

    Seiten 4 - 7
  3. Introduction

    Critical by design? An introduction

    Seiten 8 - 31
  4. Genealogies

    What is a critical object? Design as «desubjugation» (after Foucault)

    Seiten 32 - 49
  5. The vitality of the negative: critical design between social philosophy and conceptual art

    Seiten 50 - 63
  6. Ask what can be! Modal critique and design as drivers of accidence

    Seiten 64 - 79
  7. What are the politics of ontological design? A critical reflection on the mutual becoming of «the human» and «the world»

    Seiten 80 - 93
  8. Engaging in epistemic disobedience: on the decolonialization of design discourses

    Seiten 94 - 109
  9. Practices

    Unsettling individualized design practice through collaboration

    Seiten 110 - 123
  10. «Ci concimiamo a vicenda»: building support structures as part of design practice

    Seiten 124 - 139
  11. Re-visioning pelvic care through design

    Seiten 140 - 161
  12. Trojan horses: ambiguity as a critical design strategy

    Seiten 162 - 181
  13. Grey design: critical practices of design at the peripheries of the discipline

    Seiten 182 - 193
  14. Positions

    The ineliminable aesthetic dimension of art

    Seiten 194 - 211
  15. Design culture as critical practice

    Seiten 212 - 229
  16. What might be the speculative social?

    Seiten 230 - 247
  17. Biased design, or the misery of neutrality

    Seiten 248 - 267
  18. Undesign and understanding

    Seiten 268 - 285
  19. Epilogue

    The life and death of critical and speculative design: post-disciplinarity, post-truth, post-self and post-capital

    Seiten 286 - 305
  20. Appendix

    Critical by design? The book's design as SF figures

    Seiten 306 - 315
  21. List of Figures & Tables

    Seiten 316 - 317
  22. Biographies

    Seiten 318 - 329
  23. Imprint

    Seiten 330 - 332
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29 March 2022, 332 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-6104-0

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Book title
Critical by Design? Genealogies, Practices, Positions
transcript Verlag
Commodity Group
DES008000 SOC022000
Release date
29 March 2022
Gesellschaft, Kunst, Design
Design, Design Theory, Design Philosophy, Design Education, Product Design, Social Design, Design Activism, Design Culture
Design, Critical Design, Design Politics, Critical Theory, Material Culture, Cultural Theory, Theory of Art

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