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Design as Critical Practice 2018



4.–18.12.2018 @ V2 Gallery⁣

2nd floor, G Wing, Väre, Otakaari 14, Espoo⁣

How can awareness of urgent social, political and technological issues shape the ways we work as designers? How can we re-organise our every day design practices so that they could be more feminist, situated, ecological, materialist and speculative?⁣

During the Design as Critical Practice course twenty five master students of visual communication design spent six weeks working with these questions. We met with feminist curatorial duo nynnyt, had a role-play exercise with architect Kaisa Karvinen and a site specific publishing workshop by Tallinn based graphic designer Ott Kagovere. We talked about privilege and nonlinear history of critical design. In the end of the course students presented projects reflecting the themes of the course.⁣


Course⁣ teacher: Tommi Vasko