Papanek Symposium 2011
Anti-Design: Prescription for Rebellion?

The Victor J. Papanek symposium celebrates the legacy of Papanek as a leading critical thinker of design. Each event embraces a timely theme, bringing together interdisciplinary speakers to discuss and debate issues with a bearing on contemporary design practice.

The theme of the launch symposium, ‘Anti-Design: A Prescription for Rebellion’, takes its slogan from Papanek’s clarion call to designers, to look beyond the aesthetics of conventional product design to a broader, politicised vision of design’s power to transform social futures. Invited speakers, from historians to contemporary designers, will present their visions and critical reflections on the potentiality of design’s anarchic past and future.

Papanek Foundation Inaugural Lecture

November 2011

19.00 Design for the Real Real World
John Thackara
Director and Founder Doors of Perception, France

 

Social Design Award

10 November 2011

19.00 Design for the Real World REDUX
Victor J. Papanek Social Design Award

Together with the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC and the Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC, the Victor J. Papanek Foundation launched the competition Design for the Real World REDUX in Spring 2011. Designers were invited to submit innovative examples of ecologically or socially responsible design. The award ceremony includes the opening of an exhibition featuring designs of the 17 competition finalists.

Symposium

10 November 2011

13.30 Registration

14.00 Welcome
Gerald Bast
Rector University of Applied Arts Vienna

14.15 Introduction
Alison Clarke
Research Director, Papanek Foundation

Chair of Design History and Theory

University of Applied Arts Vienna

14.30 Critical Design / Anti-Design
Anthony Dunne
Professor of Design Interactions
Royal College of Art, London

14.50 Uncanny Futures
Attraction and Repulsion in Critical Social Design

Jamer Hunt
Director of Transdisciplinary Design
Parsons The New School for Design, New York

15.10 Outlaw Territories
Felicity D. Scott
Director of Critical Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture
Columbia University, New York

15.30 After the doomsday machine?
True cost design in a restorative economy

John Thackara
Director and Founder Doors of Perception, France

16.30 Panel Discussion
Chaired by Alison Clarke

11 November 2011

14.00 Panel Discussion Legacy of Anti-Design
Chaired by Guy Julier (V&A London)

Anthony Dunne (RCA)

Björn Franke (ZHdK)

Jamer Hunt (Parsons)

Felicity D. Scott (Columbia)

15.30 Coffee

16.00 Anti-Design Film Screening
Introduction Alison Clarke, Björn Franke and Felicity D. Scott

IDCA: 70 by Eli Noyes and Claudia Weill, USA 1970

Biographics by Victor Papanek and Al Gowan, USA 1966

Life (Supersurface), Director: Superstudio, Italy 1972

Ceremony, Director: Superstudio, Italy 1973

Desire Management, Director: Noam Toran, UK 2006

Postponing the Inevitable, Director: Noam Toran and Onkar Kular, UK 2007

17.15–18.00 Closing Reception

Speakers

Paola Antonelli

Paola Antonelli

Senior Curator, Architecture and Design, MoMA, New York
Alison Clarke

Alison Clarke

Director, Papanek Foundation and Chair, Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Anthony Dunne

Anthony Dunne

Professor, Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London
Guy Julier

Guy Julier

Senior Fellow, Contemporary Design, V&A London
Jamer Hunt

Jamer Hunt

Director, Urban and Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons The New School of Design, New York
Felicity D. Scott

Felicity D. Scott

Director of Critical, Curatorial and 
Conceptual Practices in Architecture Columbia University, New York
John Thackara

John Thackara

Sustainable Futures Expert, Founder and Director of Doors of Perception, France