Welcome to the 3rd DESIGN ACT seminar!

23 October, 2009 - 11:29

Interactive Institute and Iaspis invites you to the 3rd DESIGN ACT seminar called "Design at Stake" in Stockholm, Saturday 24 October, 2-5 pm. It features
presentations by practitioners from different countries discussing
alternative ways of design thinking and acting today - with a specific
focus on critical approaches to sustainability.

Participants: Ben Singleton (UK), Thérèse Kristiansson & Annika Enqvist/New Beauty Council (SE)

Panel guests: Martin Avila (SE/AR), Sara Backlund/Interactive Institute (SE) Moderator: Ramia Mazé Venue: Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden, Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm, October 24, 2-5 pm.

Language: English

Free admission

For details and updates on the program: www.design-act.se

What ideals might design perpetuate or change? Can design stimulate
reflection within industry and institutions, among stakeholders and
citizens? What new tactics might emerge from design engagement with
critical theories or futures studies? Where does this take place - in
the boardroom or exhibition, in the market or on the streets?

Design is no longer merely about satisfying functional requirements
or basic human needs - it has become a powerful means for industries
and institutions to expand consumer desire, market share and cultural
capital. Giving persuasive form to things that effect what people do
and what they desire, design shapes material culture and societal
ideals. However, in light of current issues such as climate change,
over-consumption and social inequity, designers are questioning
prevalent ideas about lifestyle, taste and progress.


Mathilda Tham (UK/SE)

Mathilda Tham's work is situated in the space between futures
studies, fashion and sustainability. With a background in fashion
design, and trend-forecasting consultancy, today she explores the
potential of shared learning experiences as a catalyst for change
towards more sustainable futures. Recent work includes Lucky People Forecast
(PhD dissertation from 2008), which generated a model for sustainable
pedagogy, guidelines for proactive communications, and a series of
scenarios for applied sustainable systems thinking in the fashion
industry. As researcher in the Metadesign project, Goldsmiths,
University of London, she has been developing methods for synergistic
interdisciplinary teamwork. Mathilda is a Visiting Professor of Fashion
at Beckmans College of Design, an associate of the Sustainable Fashion
Academy, Stockholm and a lecturer in design at Goldsmiths, London.

Ben Singleton (UK)

An artist and designer, Benedict Singleton divides his time between
working on high-level strategy and branding projects for a number of
London-based agencies, and writing up a PhD on the convergence of
politics and design in new organisational forms. Concerned with design
research that is more supple, dexterous and savvy than earlier attempts
have been, his research scans a horizon beyond the studio walls and
attends to timescales exceeding the seconds or minutes in which an
artefact is actively used. Central to this latter activity has been an
ongoing collaboration with Jon Ardern on the project ARK-INC, a
fictional profit-making, community-building company-cum-social movement
founded on strong ecological principles, which gestures towards some of
the morally difficult consequences such an enterprise might entail.

Thérèse Kristiansson and Annika Enqvist (SE)

Thérèse Kristiansson, artist and architect, and Annika Enqvist,
curator and lecturer, explore ways in which architecture is charged
with authority in their project The New Beauty Council (NBC). Through
conversations, staged situations, interventions and city walks, they
apply artistic methods to instigate dialogues across politics,
education and business. As a collaborative initiative, NBC encourage
new perspectives on public space, aesthetic and environmental values.
Recent projects include NBC City Walks and Changed Perspectives c/o Stockholms stadsmuseum
- four public talks about the city. Thérèse is also manager for
Stockholm Open Green Map and engaged in the feminist art duo Die bösen
Mösen, and Annika produced the Swedish pavilion at ExperimentaDesign05
Biennial and coordinated Saving the Planet in Style as Svensk Form's international curator.

Martin Avila (SE/AR)

As a designer, consultant and educator, Martin Avila has lived and
worked in many countries. He is currently a Doctorate student at HDK
(School of Design and Crafts) in Gothenburg, developing a project that
studies "Hospitality and Hostility in design", in collaboration with
Konstfack in Stockholm, where he is also responsible for the area of
"Humanitarian Experience", at the Master program in Experience Design.

Sara Backlund (SE) Sara Backlund has worked
with management and strategy at the Interactive Institute since 2002,
and she has an educational background in media and communications
studies, interaction design and entrepreneurship. Actively in
developing and communicating the institute's research in the area of
sustainability, she has worked within projects targeted at increasing
energy awareness and responsible consumption.

Ramia Mazé (SE) is a senior researcher and project
leader at the Interactive Institute - her work examines intersections
among critical practice, sustainability and social design. Together
with Magnus Ericson initiator and project manager of DESIGN ACT.

Magnus Ericson (SE) is a project manager at
Iaspis and, since 2007, has been assigned to pursue and develop Iaspis
activities within the fields of design, crafts and
architecture.Together with Ramia Mazé initiator and project manager of


DESIGN ACT Socially and politically engaged design today - critical roles and emerging tactics is
a project highlighting and discussing contemporary design practices
that engage with political and societal issues. It traces current and
historical tendencies towards design as a ‘critical practice' that
engages ideologically and practically in these issues.
DESIGN ACT is initiated and produced by Iaspis in collaboration with
the Interactive Institute. Project managers: Magnus Ericson (Iaspis),
Ramia Mazé (Interactive Institute). Project coordinator: Sara Teleman.
Research assistant: Natasha Llorens. Graphic design: Friendly Matters.
More information about the project on: www.design-act.se