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Whose "Real World?" Papanek and the Politics of Display

  • SP!T - Raum für queerfeministische Anliegen und Praxen Erlenstrasse 44 4058 Basel Switzerland (map)

Whose "Real World" – Papanek and the Politics of Display

with depatriarchise design – Anja Neidhardt and Maya Ober
2 Mar 2019, 10—17h, SP!T - Raum für queerfeministische Anliegen und Praxen
Participation is free of charge.
Please sign up until 27 Feb 2019 via E-Mail: depatriarchisedesign@gmail.com

Design is political. This statement is at the core of Vitra Design Museum’s current exhibition which discusses it through focusing on the work of Victor Papanek. We will conduct a field trip to “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design” to not only find out which contents it communicates and how, but also to examine to what extent the museum translates the upheld values into the design of the exhibition itself.

depatriarchise design *!Labs!*


depatriarchise design *!Labs!* is a series of workshops dealing with politics of design and artefacts, trying to bridge between theory and practice, developing hands-on approaches to discussing the societal issues within design practice, through an intersectional feminist lens.

Each *!Lab!* is an educational experiment trying to expand and to question the established ways of teaching, learning, producing and displaying design. The *!Labs!* are rooted and inspired by feminist pedagogy produced in the course of decades, and couldn’t come to live without them. They are also spaces for dialogue, personal expressiveness, caring and unlearning – they are never meant to be finished, rather form part of a larger process of depatriarchising design. Using the existing online platform of depatriarchise design, we will share questions, assignments, reflections to engage into an exchange with the wider community to participate in the co-creation of knowledge and design productions.

Our *!Labs!* are spaces where you can explore design from feminist perspectives, exchange ideas, find allies, and create hands-on tools for your daily design practice.

The Visual Identity of depatriarchise design *!Labs!*

Nina Paim and Corinne Gisel from common-interest, a non-profit cultural organisation based in Basel, were not only asked to develop a programme for one of the *!Labs!*, but also commissioned to design the overall visual identity of depatriarchise design *!Labs!*. common-interest says: “We propose to use the visual identity of ‘depatriarchise design *!Labs!*’ as a platform to support and promote
young female type designers. Simply put, for each workshop, we will select and purchase a typeface by a different female designer. By creating a singular identity for each workshop, the visual identity of ‘depatriarchise design *!Labs!*’ will grow into a diverse set of positions.
At the same time, the identity will function as a type-specimen that promotes emerging names and thereby becomes a feminist tool for graphic design in and of itself.”

The first three *!Labs!* feature the following typefaces:
Vinila by Flora de Carvalho
Nikolai by Franziska Weitgruber
Chimera by Maria Doreuli

Earlier Event: March 8
Rainbow Glow
Later Event: March 9
Fresh Comic Workshop