Conference & Events

28 January 2020

CfP deadline for the annual DHS conference "Memory full? Reimagining the relations between design and history" has now been extended!

The new deadline is Sunday, 1 March. You may submit your abstract following this link.

The conference convenors wish to share some exciting updates as well.

  • The confirmed keynote speakers of the 2020 DHS Annual Conference will be Alexandra Midal, Jussi Parikka and the The Polycardinal Design Lexikon collective project with a fourth keynote to be announced. You may find further information on the keynotes below;

- Alexandra Midal is a free-lance curator, design theoretician and historian, visual theory filmmaker and professor in history and theory in design at HEAD University of Art and Design, Geneva. She’s the author of the book “Design by accident: For a new history of design” (Sternberg Press, 2019)

- Jussi Parikka is a writer, media theorist and professor in technological culture & aesthetics at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton). He is also Visiting Researcher at FAMU in Prague and Visiting Professor, Chair of Media Archaeology, at University of Udine, Italy.

- The Polycardinal Design Lexikon collective project (C.Dilnot, A. Escobar, A.Gutierrez). The collective will be presented by Alfredo Gutierrez Borrero, zoo-technologist, specialising in alternative formats for both collaborative and participatory academic knowledge production and associate professor of Industrial Design at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogotá.

  • The planned visits during the conference have also been organised as follows;

- Ballyana_ a guided tour by fashion history specialists, discovering the histories of the design, manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the Swiss shoe brand Bally and its quirky and exceptional shoe museum attached to it.

- VITRA design museum behind the scenes_ a guided tour in the conservation and restauration departments will reveal the challenges for preserving the unruly materiality of design icons.

- Novartis Campus_ an architectural guided tour in the so called “forbidden city” and visit to the archives of the pharmaceutical company Ciba-Geigy, a milestone for the Swiss graphic design internationalisation.

- Design Walks in the tradition of Lucius Burkhardt’s “Strollology” or science of strolling

- Schaulager: a visit to the innovative institution, combining the storage and display of contemporary art. The building developed by the architectural office Herzog & de Meuron structurally implements the progressive Schaulager concept.


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