In recent years, the word ‘radical’ has risen to new levels of popularity within the design discipline at large. Modes of Criticism 4: Radical Pedagogy investigates the use of the word ‘radical’ in design education, discourse and practice. By means of various contributions by a.o. Danah Abdulla, depatriarchise design, Tanveer Ahmed and Anja Groten, this volume traces the precedents, problems and challenges involved with the use of the word ‘radical’ within the design discipline.
On Saturday 19 October, we will launch ‘Modes of Criticism 4: Radical Pedagogy’ at the new Onomatopee space together with its editor Francisco Laranjo and contributors Anja Groten and Maya Ober (depatriarchise design), hosted by Onomatopee's 'Design activism catalyst' Joannette van der Veer. By means of the contributions titled Design Friction and Working From Within, the authors will go into conversation with Francisco Laranjo and the audience to delve into the topics discussed. The discussion also serves as fuel for the presentation pillar for Radical Pedagogy that will remain on show during and after Dutch Design Week.
* Modes of Criticism is a design criticism based in Porto, Portugal. It was originally created as a platform for Francisco Laranjo’s research at the London College of Communication, evolving into a collaborative journal for design, writing, and research. Modes of Criticism is currently resident at the Shared Institute, a research centre for design, pedagogy and publishing.
* Anja Groten is a designer, educator and community organiser investigating collaborative processes of design, based in Amsterdam (NL). She is the co-founder of the initiative Hackers & Designers, attempting to break down the barriers between the two fields by enforcing a common vocabulary through education, hacks and collaboration. Anja is a PhD candidate at Leiden University and a researcher at the consortium ‘Bridging Art, Design and Technology through Critical Making’.
* depatriarchise design is a non-profit association and research-led platform that examines the complicity of design in the reproduction of oppressive systems, focusing predominantly on patriarchy, using intersectional feminist analysis. depatriarchise design questions the shape and the very definition of design as a discipline, as well as its priorities, politics, and agendas. depatriarchise design works across different mediation formats: workshops, labs, talks, publications and a weblog.
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