From the perspective of a.o. feminism, race, queerness, engagement, ecology, production and preservation, Design in Conservative Times wishes to lay bare the intricacies and dynamics of design(er) within conservative culture today.
Mini-exhibition during Design Week (19-27 October)
Lectures / talks Sat. October 19th, 1-4 PM
Graphic design in conservative times: Annelys De Vet (the cultural-political issue) and more
Fashion design in conservative times: Yamuna Forzani (The queer issue), Marjanne van Helvert (the ecological issue) and....
What constitutes the role of the supposedley progressive and innovative design-field and the designer within our current, conservative landscape? Whether concerning our ecologies, technologies, economies, ethics, politics, or social norms, we appear to be stuck somewhere between outrageous production and excessive preservation. Within this radically contrasting landscape of oppositions, discussion, frictions, questions, hopes, dreams and whatnot we ask ourselves: have we reached the epitome of a quid pro quo within our designed society at large?
Engaged makers and thinkers coming from the field of both graphic design and fashion design explore and reflect upon the conservative currents and cadence within our design(ed) culture today: reflecting through texts of practice based experiences of engaged approaches in design, on fracture of thoughts and doings. The focal point of this reflection-at-large ranges from hands-on issues within specific practices to the broader, more fundamental motivations that fuel them.
By inviting both graphic design and fashion design professionals to comment, reflect, promote, critique, provoke and/or contemplate on conservative culture in relation to their own visions, design practice, designed goods, we wish to lay bare the intricacies and dynamics of design(er) in society today.
Their unique and varied motivations contribute to this project by means of an essay, a lecture, a manifesto, a fictional story - anything goes as far as we’re concerned - to presented or performed as a keynote during Dutch Design Week 2019 as well as included in a publication. Each contributor is free to decide how both content and form(s) of expression take shape, as comment, critique, promotion, reflection, provocation or otherwise. Onomatopee only dictates the title - to frame and to fuel a sense of direction - as ‘(graphic or fashion) design in conservative times: the xxx issue’.
Annelys de Vet is a Belgium based designer, curator and initiator, running a practice for gentle power and radical imagination. Her work explores the role of design in relation to the public and political discourse. The practice of design is manifested as a critical agency of social processes, which can govern dialogues, reflection, understanding, and debate. She is founding and artistic director of the design label ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’ and is head of a master and masterclass program at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.
Yamuna Forzani’s textile masterpieces can be described as political, positive anarchy. She is an activist fashion and textile designer, advocating for the LGBTQ community within and throughout her practice. Her collections have been previously presented by means of a fashion show voguing performance - a physical manifestation of acceptance, equality and freedom of sexuality. In her practice, Forzani stands for collaboration, colour, coexistence and compassion. She holds a BA in Textile & Fashion from the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague.
Marjanne van Helvert is a textile designer, researcher and writer. After an MA Cultural Studies at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, she received a BA in Textile Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. In her work, Van Helvert delves into the dynamics between design theory and practice with a special focus on the relation between ethics and aesthetics in design. Her ‘Dirty Design Manifesto’ and publication ‘The Responsible Object’ are examples of Van Helvert’s quest for the role of the idealistic contemporary designer.