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Death in Design: That, or anything else - Sprint to the last breath (Workshop)

We’re up for a roller coaster of challenges. A most desired and essential attribute will be put to the test: the designer as chameleon, i.e. a person always ready to perceive, generate and question changes. We will put to the test our conceptions of mortality and death per se. Moreover, we’ll explore whether death has anything to do with design. This workshop is a sort of “blitzkrieg” event where participants have small amount of time to think about different topics and do connected experiments.

“Man reckons with immortality, and forgets to reckon with death.”

In his book Immortality, Milan Kundera made an incisive remark: “To be mortal is the most basic human experience, and yet man has never been able to accept it, grasp it, and behave accordingly. Man doesn’t know how to be mortal. And when he dies, he doesn’t even know how to be dead.” The lecture will question clichéd responses, sayings, and ideas on death. The omnipresent – and yet remote – death. Which, despite its oppressing finality, continues to exist in design: in the form of archetypes, the boldness of exploration, the desire to solve problems, and mistakes. Don’t forget: the film is no good if the dog doesn’t survive.

We welcome design students, design professionals, lay public, doctors, medical staff – workshop is open to participants from all walks of life. We very much encourage interdisciplinary teams to sparkle interesting discussions and results. Participants should bring smart phones/cameras (not mandatory).

The workshop will be held on Thursday 12th January 2017 from 1 pm to 5.30 pm in Lauba with a coffee break. Registration is required. The number of participants is limited. The workshop is free for students.

Workshop leaders: dr. Barbara Predan and dr. Petra Černe Oven
Date: Thursday 12th January 2017
Place: Lauba – People and Art House

Applications are open till Thursday 5th of January 2017.
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Organization: ZGRAF