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Swedish/Design: A Cultural Predicament

October 31, 2016IASCollaboratives, Events0

Swedish/Design: A Cultural Predicament

Monday, October 31, 2016, at 4:30pm
Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School

Free and open to the public

“In this presentation I’ll offer a working model for examining design and designing from what is an admittedly old-fashioned — I prefer “classic,” or maybe “vintage” — anthropological point of view. This perspective involves treating design as a kind of distributed cultural system composed of a number of different parts, including people (designers and lots of others), language, actions, objects, forms, meanings, and much more. I’ll focus on the case of design in Sweden, where there’s a prominent tradition of elaborating the design of everyday objects alongside a long-term political project aimed at social improvement. The main point of my presentation will be that to fully understand what design is “doing” for people and for society, we must pay attention to the system as whole, rather than only valorizing any of the system’s individual components.”

Keith W. Murphy is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California at Irvine.

Organized by the IAS Collaborative on Product Design, Social Science and the Humanities. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the IAS (ias@umn.edu 612-626-5054) at least two weeks prior to the event.

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