9 February – 6 April 2019
Until April 2019, the feminist research platform Depatriarchise Design is organising a three-part workshop series on the political in artefacts and design. The aim is to link theory and practice through interactive formats and thus have a lasting influence on the question of gender relations in design.
From an intersectional feminist perspective and through dialogue and personal expression, the workshops will question traditional ways of teaching, learning, producing, and exhibiting design. The series of events sees itself as contributing to the liberation of the design industry from patriarchal structures. The idea is to keep the efforts developed from the workshops alive and growing through the existing website, through questions, tasks and reflections in both an idealistic and personal sense.
The first lab, entitled “Position Yourself. Design Visions”, will take place on 9 February at Spit – Space for Queerfeminist Concerns and Practices. After reading two texts on the subject of feminism and design, the focus will be on visions of one’s own design practice.
On 9 March, Anja Neidhardt and Maya Ober will visit the Vitra Design Museum together with interested visitors to view the current exhibition “Victor Papanek. The Politics of Design”and to explore the question and theme “Whose ‘Real World’? Papanek and the Politics of Display”.
On 6 April, following the concept of the Common-interest initiative, pizzas will be baked at the Unternehmen Mitte. They will be based on statistics and diagrams on the gender distribution of past design exhibitions and awards. This will be followed by a public pizza dinner with discussion.
The visual appearance of the event series is designed by Nina Paim and Corinne Gisel from Common-interest and features a different font for each workshop, designed by a female designer.