29 OCT – 15 DEC 2020
Multi Multi is a three-months online and offline platform dedicated to questions on the role of design for sustainability and ecological problems. Climate change and environmental sustainability have become widely recognized as the most significant and pressing concerns of our time. Design as the shaping of society and nature can critically reflect and change the destructive status quo; at the same time, design perpetuates and reinforces environmental damage caused by its actions. Since the mid-1980s, design has been dominated by a human and user-centered approach. Considering the ecological harm done by humans, human-centered design seems to have reached its limitations.
Emerging relationships with the natural and technical world call this binary understanding of human and non-human into question; knowledge inscribed in marginalized and unrecognized cultures and systems is incorporated in new design approaches, strategies, and concepts. Design strategies, such as posthuman design, Xeno-design, or holistic and systemic design approaches, arose that are aware of a world that combines different systems' (co)existence. These approaches try to overcome the focus on the human in design and are looking for a sensitive, empathic, and interconnected way of designing with respect to sustainability. Multi Multi's goal is to provide an inside look and critical viewpoints on different ideas and approaches to these ambitions. In the framework of 9 online activities, such as lectures with discussions, reading groups, workshops, and a 2-day program in Bratislava, invited experts from Slovakia and abroad will present their projects, concepts, and ideas. The program is open to designers, design researchers, and design students from Slovakia and abroad.
The following speakers and workshop leaders will be part of the program: Joanna Boehnert, Boglárka Kurka Ivanegová, Collective Spolka, Collective Trajna, Johanna Schmeer, and more.
Free online and offline events
29 Oct – 15 Dec 2020
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Research Institute for Botanical Linguistics (RIBL) is a collaboration of international designers with an interdisciplinary design and research approach since 2017. RIBL's main aspiration is to explore interdependencies between humans and non-humans as a response to the Anthropocene and its stated negative impact on nature. Our goal is to question human-centered knowledge production and design strategies to overcome the unequal distribution of power and exploitation.