Wednesday 11 December 2019
In December, the SNFCC’s collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Athen, in view of the 100-year anniversary of the Bauhaus School, continues through talks, screenings and art workshops for children and adults.
“Bauhaus at 100” explores the legacy of the 20th century’s most iconic art & design school in the fields of architecture, industrial design, the arts, dance and education.
Talk: Dr. Friedrich von Borries
Politics of Design - Design of Politics
How Political Is Design?
Design is always political, Friedrich von Borries claims, at least if one is to understand it as the responsible design of our social worlds, rather than a superficial, profit-seeking kind of design.
Beginning with historical positions, such as those of the Bauhaus, von Borries’ talk guides us all the way to the present, where he postulates an expansion of our understandings of design, based on such concepts as “survival design” (Überlebensdesign) and “self-design” (Selbstdesign). In a concluding argument, he reflects upon a core question: can design contribute to the improvement of our democracy and assist us in overcoming the “crisis of representation”, or would this surpass the limits of its theory and principle? And, finally, what does it mean to be politically active as a designer today?
Dr. Friedrich von Borries is an architect and professor of design theory at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg.
The talk will be conducted in German, with real-time translation into Greek and Greek Sign Language.