DIFFICULT FORMS: Critical Practices of Design and Research

14 August, 2009 - 14:43


As a kind of‘criticism from within’, conceptual and critical design inquire into what design is about – how the market operates, what is considered ‘good design’, and how the design and development oftechnology typically works. Tracing relations ofconceptual and critical design to (post-)critical architecture and anti-design, we discuss a series of issues related to the operational and intellectual basis for ‘critical practice’, and how these might open up for a new kind of development ofthe conceptual and theoretical frameworks ofdesign. Rather than prescribing a practice on the basis oftheoretical considerations, these critical practices seem to build an intellectual basis for design on the basis of its own modes of operation, a kind oftheoretical development that happens through, and from within, design practice and not by means of external descriptions or analyses of its practices and products.

Slow Technology and Static! are examples presented in the paper.

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