Towards a design criticism
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My starting point is that art criticism is in need of new optics, and that an anthropological approach must be integrated to complement the established art historical and critical-theory-informed approach. The advantage of focusing on design as an entry to this is twofold; First, there is no established design criticism, so it is perfectly legitimate to propose something new – and secondly, anthropology is already an integral part of the academic theory base for design research, as design as a phenomenon is not just about intention but also about its impact-in-the-world. However, the need for such an approach is evident in much of the more agency-oriented contemporary art, so-called post-art, not to mention in enabling critics to tackle decolonizing perspectives or to produce relevant criticism in the antroposcene for that matter. I was fortunate to work with art historian Erlend Hammer on writing about this - we have had a dialogue going for almost a decade with a great deal of overlap about alternative perspectives, so it is about time we got something produced together.
Video recording of lecture (lenght 00:37:57). Artistic Research Week 2019. Time: 22 January 2019. Venue Main auditorium, KHiO