Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"Transdisciplines" Lecture Series – 4: Fiona Raby

Designs for Fragile Personalities in Anxious Times
March 25, Tuesday, 17:30
ITU Faculty of Architecture (Taşkışla) hall 109
The lecture will be in English with simultaneous Turkish translation.

"Transdisciplines", a lecture series organized by Garanti Gallery and Platform Garanti in collaboration with Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture continues. The fourth event hosts Fiona Raby, with the lecture “Designs for Fragile Personalities in Anxious Times”.

"Designers have an unthinking optimism about the future. They automatically assume what they design is neutral and implicitly good. There is a deeply embedded ideology that the role of design and architecture is 'to make the world a better place'. But how do the designers acknowledge their contradictions, their inconsistencies and celebrate a humanness which, if they admit it, is deeply flawed?"

Dunne&Raby: Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby use products and services as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of emerging technologies. Many of their projects are collaborative, working with industrial research labs, academia and cultural institutions.

They have produced several projects in the context of their works. "Placebo" gathers a collection of electronic objects exploring mental well-being in relation to domestic electromagnetic fields (2001). "Consuming Monsters: Big, Perfect, Infectious" explores roles for design in the debate about different biotechnological futures (2002-) including "Evidence Dolls" (commissioned by the Centre Pompidou in 2005). "Designs for Fragile Personalities in Anxious Times" celebrates human beings as contradictory, complex and psychologically flawed. Their latest project "Do you want to replace the existing 'normal'?"(2008) moves this thinking into the world of product design. It is currently included in the "Design and the Elastic Mind" exhibition at MoMA New York, along with "Technological Dreams Series: no 1 Robot" (commissioned by Z33, 2007).