March 2013Javier Gimeno Martinez at Middlesex University London.
On 6th March Gimeno Martinez presented his paper The periphery of Art. Forging the 1980s Concept of Design at Documenta (1987) at Middlesex University, in the context of ADRI Research Seminar. This paper analyses an art mega-exhibition such as Documenta 8 (1987) as a defining agent for design. It explores which side of design was exposed and which was concealed as well as the impact of this exhibition for the inclusion of design in the circuits of art. This paper argues that the consequences were two-fold. Firstly, it redefined design as a cultural issue and made this idea both artistically and academically acceptable. Secondly, as far as contemporary craft is concerned, it presumed craft’s definite exclusion of the art circuit.
Museum visit: Design Cultures at Stroom in Den Haag
Students and teachers of Design Cultures visited the Stroom Gallery in Den Haag hosting the exhibition Orban Space: Luc Deleu - TOP office, this visit was an activity of the course 'Design in Words'.
Museum visit: Design Cultures at the Stedelijk Museum
Students and teachers of Design Cultures visited the Stedelijk museum, this visit was an activity of the course 'Design in Words'.
Irene Maldini at Sheffield Hallam University
Speakers: Ellinoor Bergvelt, Marjan Boot and Frans van Burkom.
Convener: Frederike Huygen.
"Design history as studied from the institutional framework of art history is limiting since it purely concentrates on stile, aesthetics and the designer as genius. This criticism, often heard from Anglo-Saxon design historians, was the starting point for a study day into the emergence of design history in the Netherlands." (translated from Frederike Huygen, 'History of Design History' http://www.designgeschiedenis.nl)