On Thursday, November 20 (6:30 PM – 8:PM), the panel discussion “Design as Survival, Resistance, and Transformative Action” will take place at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout (Atelier van Lieshout), Lucy & Jorge Orta (Studio Orta, Paris) and Rikke Luther (Rikke Luther & Cecilia Wendt, Copenhagen) form the panel, moderated by Krysztof Wodiczko, professor in Residence of Art, Design, and the Public Domain. The panel discussion is free and open to the public.
About the event
The design practices that inspire social collaboration, participation, and coauthorship continue the avant-garde tradition of challenging outmoded thinking and perception while proposing and testing the visions of a beneficent social imagination. In this symposium, three artist-designers whose work critically reactivates this tradition will present and discuss their agenda, ideas, and projects. The panel will explore methodological approaches and concepts such as critical design, discursive design, interrogative design, and transformative design, currently being investigated in the Art, Design, and the Public Domain program at Harvard GSD.
Joep van Lieshout (1963, Ravenstein) lives and works in Rotterdam. Since the early eighties he produces objects in mainly bright coloured polyester, the material that would become his trademark in subsequent years. In 1995 he founded Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL), undermining the myth of the individual artistic genius. Atelier Van Lieshout has attained international recognition for objects that balance on the boundary between art, architecture and design. These works of art are practical, uncomplicated and substantial. Recurring themes in the work of AVL are autarky, power, politics and the more classical themes of life and death.