Iaspis and the Interactive Institute Book Launch at EXD’11, Lisbon

21 September, 2011 - 14:36

’DESIGN ACT Socially and politically engaged design today – critical roles and emerging tactics’ is a new book that presents and discusses contemporary design practices that engage with political and societal issues. On September 30 it will be launched and presented at EXD'11 in Portugal.

Since 2009, the Iaspis project DESIGN ACT has been highlighting and discussing practices, in which designers have been engaging critically as well as practically in such issues. Itself an example of applied critical thinking and experimental tactics, the process behind the DESIGN ACT project is considered as a curatorial, participatory and open-ended activity. DESIGN ACT has developed through a website with an online archive; public seminars; presentations and an installations. This book is a final and complimentary part of the project, produced by Iaspis, published by Sternberg Press and edited by the founders of the DESIGN ACT project, Magnus Ericson and Ramia Mazé.


Presentation of the DESIGN ACT book by Magnus Ericson and Ramia Mazé
(editors) and panel discussion with Joseph Grima, Meike Schalk
(contributors to the book) and Lisa Rosendahl, Iaspis director.
Moderator: Annika Enqvist, project co-ordinator, Iaspis.

The book is organized around three sections:‘WHAT are examples of these movements?’ Contemporary and historical writings, including reprints of ‘Suicidal Desires’ (from the book Superstudio: Life Without Objects, by Peter Lang and William Menking) and ‘Designer as Author’ (from the book Design Noir by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby), historical reflections by Helena Mattsson and Christina Zetterlund and an interview with Doina Petrescu (FR) by Ramia Mazé.

‘HOW does it happen and what does it take?’ A substantial analysis of the tactics and methods of the examples of projects featured in the DESIGN ACT archive, by Ramia Mazé and Natasha Marie Llorens.

‘WHERE does it happen and in what contexts?’ A broad perspective on practice from institutions, education and research to new forms of practitioner initiated projects: Interviews with Pelin Dervis (TK), Joseph Grima (IT/US), Ou Ning (CH), Meike Schalk (SE/DE), Yanki Lee (UK), Ana Betancour (SE), Otto von Busch (SE), Mauricio Carbalan (AR) and Tor Lindstrand (SE), by Magnus Ericson.

The book also includes descriptions of 36 projects from the DESIGN ACT archive by: A+URL, Camilla Andersson, Anti-Advertising Agency, Jon Ardern and Benedict Singleton, atelier d’architecture autogérée, Otto von Busch, Constant in collaboration with Recyclart, City Mine(d) and Speculoos, Dunne & Raby, eskyiu, Fantastic Norway, Asl? K?yak ?ngin and Teike Asselbergs, International Festival with Front, Natalie Jeremijenko and the xClinic staff, Yanki Lee with Paula Dib, live|work, m7red, MINE, muf, New Beauty Council, Josh On, Marjetica Potr? and STEALTH in collaboration with A5 Arkitekter, Michael Rakowitz, Raumlaborberlin, Hannah le Roux, School of Missing Studies/Centrala – Foundation for Future Cities, Stalker, Think Public, Unsworn Industries, Zoom Architecture

The DESIGN ACT publication is produced by Iaspis and the interactive Institute in collaboration and published by Sternberg Books. Editors: Magnus Ericson and Ramia Mazé.For more info on DESIGN ACT, please visit www.design-act.se.Unfortunately there is an error in the Table of Contents in the book. A correct version of this can be downloaded from the link below.