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.

Venue: Angewandte Exhibition Centre Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Schönlaterngasse 5, 1010, Vienna Austria. Map
Convened & Curated by: Dr. Elana Shapira
Directed by: Prof. Dr. Alison J. Clarke
Supported by: Bryleigh Morsink


10 November 2011
10.00-10:30 Registration


Gerald Bast
Rector University of Applied Arts Vienna


Alison Clarke
Research Director, Papanek Foundation
Chair of Design History and Theory
University of Applied Arts Vienna

Critical Design / Anti-Design

Anthony Dunne
Professor of Design Interactions
Royal College of Art, London

Uncanny Futures

Attraction and Repulsion in Critical Social Design
Jamer Hunt
Director of Transdisciplinary Design
Parsons The New School for Design, New York

Outlaw Territories

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

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
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)


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

Closing Reception


Paola Antonelli
Senior Curator, Architecture and Design, MoMA, New York

Alison Clarke
irector, Papanek Foundation and Chair, Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Anthony Dunne
Professor, Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London

Guy Julier
Senior Fellow, Contemporary Design, V&A London

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

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

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

Victor Papanek Foundation
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Oskar Kokoschka Platz 2
1010 Vienna, Austria