Can we transform consumption from a passive behaviour into a violent
act of creation?
Design is an essential mechanism to generate desire for both the consumer object and the act of consumption itself. Can designers manipulate demand to produce alternative perspectives on consumption?
In this symposium, we position design as the inherently political creation of possible futures. We will investigate how consumption designs our environment and discuss how to balance the ethical urgency of our social contract with our affinity for playful invention and interaction.
Our guests will co-create the event alongside experts in the field of consumption, feeding debate and provoking reactions. Using space as a stage to express opinions, we will not simply consume but actively produce and exchange information.
CONSUMING THE POLITICAL
Re-making worlds through design actionsAlastair Fuad-Luke is a sustainable design facilitator, educator and writer who sees design as a form of political activism. He explores design approaches based on openness, sharing and co-design / creation / production / consumption. He is a professor at the University of Aveiro, Portugal and the author of the books Agents of Alternatives, Design Activism, and The Eco-Design Handbook.
CONSUMING DAILY SYSTEMS
How the consumer revolution came homeFrank Trentmann is a researcher on topics of consumption, materiality, energy and daily life. He is a Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. His new book Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First (Penguin / Allen Lane 2016) explores how consumption has transformed our social and material environment and products over the past centuries.
Conway and Young
CONSUMING THE GENDER GAP
Designing counterpointsConway and Young engage critically with subjects including gender, consumerism, private and public space. Graphic design is used as a tool to highlight and question power imbalances, to activate space for exchange, reflection and reimagining.
Martina Muzi and Marco Petroni
CONSUMING NEW REALITIES
Design is the belief in possible futuresMartina Muzi is a designer and researcher.
MORNING (registered only)
09:30 – 10:10 arrival, coffee, welcoming
10:10 – 11:10 1st discussion round
11:10 – 11:30 coffee break
11:30 – 12:30 2nd discussion round
12:30 – 13:30 lunchbreak
13:30 – 13:50 welcoming of public guests
13:50 – 14:20 Frank Trentmann
14:20 – 14:50 Alastair Fuad-Luke
14:50 – 15:05 coffee break
15:05 – 15:35 Marco Petroni & Martina Muzi
15:35 – 16:05 Conway & Young
16:15 – round up