Co-produced with designer Gabriel A. Maher.
Orientation can be understood as a mutually constitutive process and a metastable relationship between space and the body. This workshop seeks to explore this double configuration both physically as well as abstractly by thinking-feeling physically as well as abstractly by thinking-feeling in terms of degrees and intensities about [self]perception ~ action ~ direction.
By physicalizing and enacting research along with these coordinates, SD Masters students were offered a set of conceptual and methodological entry points that will enable them to inquire into the relationship of design with systems of power though processes of [self]orientation.
Performativity, as a bodily practice that produces meaning, will function both as an analogical and analytical tool that helps reveal- ing the active, social construction of reality and the techniques by which individual behavior is determined by the context in which it occurs (and vise versa). Subsequently, performative methodologies are used to explore the performative and staged context of social behavior.
Students will be challenged to physicalize and [re]enact their research into the phenomenology of orientation through [self] reflexive participation and diagrammatic interpretation.
This conceptual apparatus in [dis]orientation and the use of [re]- orientation strategies will function within this scheme as a force with the potential to destabilize organizational principles and logic and to disrupt patterns in the cultural politics of movement and gesture.
This proposition has two consequences. Firstly, it brings forward the body and its phenomenological and material implications; and secondly, it activates a vocabulary that relies heavily on metaphor, in analogy.
Underlying and enrichening this approach, intersectional frameworks within design and foundations in queer – feminist perspectives will be employed.
Participants | 1st year Social Design MA | Design Academy Eindhoven
Colin Keays www.colinkeays.cargocollective.com
Chloé Guillemart http://chloeguillemart.esy.es
Lauriane Heim https://cargocollective.com/laurhm
Marit Jongsma https://cargocollective.com/MaritJulietteJongsma
Lukas Jurk https://lukas-adrian-jurk.com
Fabio Lamattina Cecilia
Marisa Miller https://www.mllrg.com
Ismaël Rifaï https://ismaelrifai.com
Maggie Saunders http://www.laylonsaunders.com/
Kodai Shimizu http://kodaishimizu.com
Robin Weidner www.robin-weidner.com