The creation of a complex design world, and of affirmative design processes, has long been predicated on the stratified protocols and established assumptions of mainstream commercial design. Limited by an emphasis on utility and function that stands at odds with the broad parameters of the art-design world, the creative capacity of the form, in art, science, and technology is underscored by a willingness to innovate and invent alternative ideas.
Spanning a wide range of design fields that focus on the nexus of art and design, and the conceptual contradictions therein, Undesign brings together leading artists, designers and theorists working at the intersection of design, art, and application. Bringing to light emerging practices that highlight the social, political and aesthetic potential of "undesigning" our complex designed world by exploring the practice-led formulations of science, engineering, biotechnology and hacktivism, this book seeks to restructure design approaches around a critical appreciation of aesthetic ideas ungoverned by a prescriptive set of norms.
Introduction Andrew McNamara, Gretchen Coombs and Gavin Sade 1. ‘What is critical Design?’ Brad Haylock 2. Notes on More-than-Human Architecture Stanislav Roudavaski 3. The Un-designability of the Virtual. Design from Problem-solving to Problem finding Bette Marenko 4. Critical Operationality: Energy and Co-Designing Communities (ECDC) by the Interaction Research Studio (IRS), Goldsmiths, London (2010–14) Katherine Moline 5. A Statement for Attending to Diverse Economies Through Design Research Carl DiSalvo 6. ‘I prefer not to:’ Anti-progressive Designing Cameron Tonkinwise 7. Speculative Design as Research Method: From Answers to Questions and "Staying with the Trouble" Anne Galloway and Catherine Caudwell 8. Inhabiting Practices: Operating between Art, Design, Science and Technology Leah Heiss 9. A finger pointing at the moon: Absence, emptiness and Ma in design Yoko Akama 10. Hacking the Semiosphere: The Ad Hoc Atlas: A Manifesto as Manifestation of Undesign, V5.3: An exercise in reflexive (and recursive) design practice about design by design Joshua Singer 11. (Un)Design, Commerce and Artistic Autonomy: Site-Specific Art in China Xin Gu and Justin O’Connor 12. Bridging counter-culture grass-roots initiatives with design Spyros Bofylatos 13. Undesigning Borders: Spaces of Borders and Counter-Practices of Looking Mahmoud Keshavarz 14. Natural disasters, undesign and the absent interior Kirsty Volz 15. ‘Imagination wove this flesh garment’: fashion, critique and capitalism Kathleen Horton and Alice Payne Epilogue: Out through the Indoor: Some Notes on the Undesign Process Gretchen Coombs Index