Metadesigning new socio-material relationships

Researcher: Mathilda Tham

WORKSHOP and TALK: MAY 28TH, 1-4PM

EXHIBITION: MAY 29TH-JUNE 12TH, Sundays NOON-4 PM

This talk/workshop explores how design can intervene directly at the level of mindsets and paradigms, by using ’languaging’. The word ’snippa’ made the female genitals ’talk-aboutable’ in Sweden, and the word ’genocide’ it possible to prosecute against athrocities directed at whole populations. What words can we co-design to promote genuine futures of sustainability? Why, and how is this a pursuit for design and designers? This session draws on hands-on examples and is a participatory activist new-languaging event.

Mathilda Tham’s research sits in a positive, creative and activist space between design, future studies and sustainability. The main aim of the research is futures of sustainability with a broad definition of sustainability that recognizes and celebrates the complex interplay of cultural, social, economic and ecological dimensions. A central question is “how do we live our lives together? Mathilda is a co-founder of Metadesign Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London and Professor in Design at Linnaeus University.

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