EDL
LISBON DESIGN MEETINGS
FACULTY OF FINE ARTS
UNIVERSITY OF LISBON
13.02.2012 /
09H30 > 19H00 — MAIN AUDITORIUM
DESIGN, CRISIS AND AFTERMATH
PROGRAMME
CONFERENCE SERIES



The Lisbon Design Meetings offer a venue for communicating and reflecting on the use of design as a strategic resource and on how educational institutions and research centres consolidate it as an area of knowledge. By observing the cultural dynamics of the processes, methodologies and practical implementation of design, Lisbon Design Meetings debates the importance of creativity and innovation in the establishment of social and economic value, while seeking to identify the role of the university in this context.

The 2012 edition of Lisbon Design Meetings, entitled "Design, Crisis and Aftermath", is a proposal for approaching the multiple ways in how design contributes to meet challenges currently faced by society, and how its potential can be lead towards new areas of engagement deemed significant to the current state of affairs.




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The opening of the exhibition and
the launch of the SAMIZDAT publication are both admission-free events.







SCIENTIFIC COMMITEE:

Miguel Arruda

Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade de Lisboa

Federica del Faco

Facoltà di Architettura Sapienza Università di Rome

Antoni Ramesar

Universidade de Barcelona

Vasco Branco

Universidade de Aveiro

Inês Secca Ruivo

Universidade de Évora

Fernando Moreira da Silva

Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa

Alexandra Cruchinho

Esart - Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco




EXECUTIVE COMMITEE:

Coordenação: Raul Cunca

Conferências:
Isabel Dâmaso
Victor M Almeida
Frederico Duarte
João Cruz
Jorge Alves






EXHIBITION:

Victor M Almeida
Paulo Parra
Cristovão Pereira
Ana Lia Santos
Marco Sousa Santos
André Gouveia
Tiago Girão
Miguel Cardoso



EXHIBITION PROJECT:

Ana Lia Santos
Tiago Girão André Gouveia
Nuno Pires



COMMUNICATION DESIGN:

Collective4.16

Webdesign furtherhance: Miguel Cardoso
Graphic Production furtherhance: Isabel Castro




ORGANIZATION:

FBAUL Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon

CIEBA-SdD Secção de Design do Centro de Investigação e
Estudos em Belas Artes

FCT Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia






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 09h00REGISTRATION
 09h45OPENING SESSION
> CONFERENCE 110h00DOING AND THINKING


Oscar Peña

Head of department Man & Activity, The Design Academy Eindhoven
Senior Creative Director, Philips Design Lighting
> Biographic note

Challenges of the industry and inspiration from the Design Academy Eindhoven

Design needs to be optimistic. This is what design is all about. It looks at the future and imagines better possibilities for all of us. It’s about imagining ´what is technologically possible with what is humanly preferable´. The future doesn’t fall from the sky and we as designers need to decide either to be participants or spectators. I want to be a participant and I ask the same to my students.
Today in the western world the role of design is no longer at the end of the cycle, as the cherry on the cake. Designers need to be involved form the very beginning, writing the brief with the company, giving form to company ideals and strategies.
Using creativity and innovation to translate the values of the company or the business you are working for. Design is a strategic tool at Philips. We are the translators of the brand into tangible products services and experiences. We bring ideas to life, sending them out to be experienced by people.
In the Design Academy Eindhoven, especially in my department of Man and Activity we don’t teach design, we believe design is something that you must learn as Josef Albers beautifully expressed.
Finally, we want our students to consider the cultural meaning, the social relevance and economic value in all their work. We need in our business and in our education to connect to the world through knowledge and awareness, and through collaboration with others in other fields and others cultures.




Moderator: Raul Cunca, FBAUL

10h45 Q & A

 11h00Coffee Break
> Panel 111h15THE CAPACITIES OF DESIGNERS AND THE CURRENT CONTEXT


The importance of designer capacities in the contemporary context. The journey of an activity – from the profession’s consolidation to the development of scientific research.


MIGUEL ARRUDA, FBAUL
> Biographic note



SMALL, MEDIUM; LARGE

Designing consumption


VASCO BRANCO, UA
> Biographic note


Design: skills and research



Moderator: Raul Cunca, FBAUL 11h55 Discussion / Q & A

> Panel 212h15VENUES AND CONTEXTS FOR DESIGN CRITICISM


Designers reflect on the practice of design through critical essays published in magazines, in books, and above all in online platforms. Similarly, others react from university research centres employing available institutional resources to disseminate knowledge. Who is this reflection aimed at, and how does it influence practice?


MÁRIO MOURA, FBAUP
> Biographic note

AURELINDO JAIME CEIA, ISEC
> Biographic note

Design for Change

In contemporary thought on the current issues over the so-called "sustainability", design plays an important part, both as a diagnosis and as way towards a solution. Design must thus incorporate a political dimension that goes far beyond mere formal circumstance and posits design thinking and practice as a critique and as an insurrection against the standardization of creative thinking led by economic/financial ideology. Design as a weapon and not as a backdrop.




Moderator: Emílio Vilar, FBAUL

12h45 Discussion / Q & A

 13h00LUNCH BREAK
> Panel 314h00DESIGN SOLUTIONS TO CRISIS CONTEXTS: ITALY AND PORTUGAL


Designers think about their profession as a way of producing better alternatives for issues emerging from daily life, either in terms of the quality of organisation and of its material structure, or in terms of the cultural value intrinsic to the interaction between people and the artificial world. This panel intends on reflecting over the various dimensions that characterise this manner of interpreting design’s own space of intervention, and proposes:
- to localize in History and in contemporaneity moments of design’s association to surmounting contexts of need;
- to understand the value of local identity as a strategic economic resource;
- to emphasise the importance of a systemic view which, associated to a designer’s positioning as an interpreter, seeks to survey a part of the systems in which design is subsumed, aiming at identifying new, yet unexplored opportunities for action.



Moderator: Isabel Dâmaso, FBAUL
Responder: Inês Secca Ruivo, UE



ITALY

FEDERICA DAL FALCO, Facoltà La Sapienza Università di Roma
> Biographic note

The importance of local resources in times of economic hardship


The core concept in the lecture is that there is an analogy between biological evolution and the evolution of materials and objects. The investigation of 1930s Italian design and material culture embraces this idea and expands on the following points:

- The importance of exploiting local resources and innovating with products in times of economic hardship.
- The analogy between the ‘green economy’ and the ‘economic autarky’ in Italy from the early 1930s onwards.
- The cyclical process in which types of objects that stand the test of time are continually given fresh, contemporary shapes thanks to the use of innovative materials. The period of autarky in Italy is a topical case study, and this is demonstrated with examples of architecture, design and the many inventions that were born out of necessity. As a result of the economic sanctions imposed by the League of Nations in 1935 in response to the war in Ethiopia, fossil fuels were scarce in Italy and the situation was extremely critical. Due to the circumstances and the influence of highly objectionable ideological outlooks, some radical economic policies were introduced. In the firm conviction that autarky would revitalize and strengthen the country, new and substitute materials were produced to cater to the requirements of the modern era, using natural resources and recycling.

Portugal

CATARINA PORTAS, Journalist and Entrepreneur
> Biographic note

How to launch a business: my own handbook

In 2004 I was a freelance journalist trying to be a documentary maker, which means I was virtually unemployed. While unoccupied and in need of a vanishing point, in that year an idea came to me and I started a business, despite not having the faintest clue about the subject. Seven years have passed and today, between three companies, I employ 40 people. Over these seven years, both experience and inexperience have taught me a lot. Perhaps what I learned can be of use to those who, in a moment like this, with the country in crisis and unemployment rising, consider changing their lives and becoming their own bosses, while contributing to a livelier community and a more interesting country. So here’s this guerrilla, but also philosophy, handbook.


LUÍS FERREIRA RODRIGUES, Urban Planner
> Biographic note

Urban Design: from Spectacle to Necessity

This talk intends to address the negative implications that spectacle as a conceptual process criterion has inflicted on the market for public Equipment Design commissions – especially on those related to urban space. In much of the production commissioned, paid for and enjoyed by the public or the entities that represent it (municipalities, state agencies, public foundations, etc.), ethical, aesthetic, functional, economic and environmental questions immediately arise that relate to the processes leading to that commission, which raise doubts as to their benefit and public interest. After analyzing some of these issues, new proposals and  paradigmatic alternatives are suggested, which aim to frame and support the conceptual processes of urban design in a more parsimonious economic context. We intend to demonstrate that the high quality standards by which public works should be guided are not only not necessarily dependent on the availability of vast financial or material resources, but can become even more evident in the lack (or even in the absence) of such resources. To this end, we must change not only the designer’s perspective in relation to his or her product, but change mainly his or her perspective on the bureaucratic processes that go beyond the creative dimension and permeate both the political and administrative fields.


MIGUEL ESTIMA, researcher
> Biographic note

The flexibility of iron: the Metalúrgica Alba case

Presentation of a particular case-study in material production developed during the period framed by Portugal's Estado Novo policies. In a proto-design atmosphere, Metalúrgica Alba perfected an empirical approach based on exploring the flexibility allowed by the company's own manufacturing and sales structure. A tale of everyday objects that eventually made up a landscape of national memory.


PEDRO REISINHO, researcher
> Biographic note

The concept of absence in equipment design

Design’s spectacular superficiality as stated by Gerrit Terstiege, projects a set of phenomena that gain meaning for a reflection on contemporaneity. This reflection takes as its starting point the exhibition Super Normal, by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison, as an element that unveils the absence concept, which is employed as a problematizing element of this very superficiality. The concept of absence attempts to define itself as an element that encompasses issues inherent to the problem of Being and its repercussions on the relation with objects. It is thus a platform that seeks to respond to an estrangement heir to the hyper-reality where shattered signs have converged in a loss of Self. More than an answer, the concept of absence seeks to provide new avenues for conceptual development and relationship to the object, proposing it as more than just matter and allowing its mutation and adaptation to an inalienable plan.


 

15h30 Discussion / Q & A

 15h45Coffee Break
> Conference 216h00"Honesty"


Daniel Van der Velden

> Biographic note



Honesty

This talk is part of Metahaven's forthcoming book project, “Black Transparency.” This project comprises not just a print publication, but also talks, blog posts, events and articles.



Moderator: Sofia Gonçalves, FBAUL

16h45 Q & A

> Panel 417h00SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND A CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE IN DESIGN


Ways of seeing design in contemporary society:
Social responsibility and a crisis of confidence in design


In an event that bases its program on the presentation and discussion of ways of seeing the practice of design in a period of generalized crisis, a reflection on this reality suggests the existence of a crisis of confidence among professionals, which inevitably has an impact on design’s social credibility.

A reflection on the practice of design is conducted by designers, who through critical essays published in magazines, in books, and above all in online platforms. Similarly, others react from university research centres employing available institutional resources to disseminate knowledge. The reflection on action is conducted by professionals so to position themselves unequivocally before the acknowledgement and recognition of their design process. A reflection on reaction is carried out primarily in universities, published by professional researchers in the form of academic essays, dissertations or articles in journals. This activity extends also to publications and conferences in a wider sense.

At the Lisbon Design Meetings, an action-reaction cycle will bring together knowledge generated both by research professionals and design practitioners, placing them on the same level of social responsibility.



Moderator: Victor M Almeida (FBAUL)
Responder: Eduardo Côrte-Real (IADE)






#1 Endless Stories

MIGUEL CARDOSO
> Biographic note

Data visualization and the ethical aspiration of promoting understanding

Information visualization (or data visualization) is a steadily expanding area of design, which is committed to making understandable anything that due to its complexity lacks a graphic rendition. In this session, we seek to discuss the foundations of information visualization in the contemporary context, namely the ethical aspiration of promoting understanding through graphic means.


Responder: Pedro Almeida (FBAUL)





#2 'O Bairro, agora a cores'

CATARINA VASCONCELOS
CATARINA GONÇALVES
JOANA MANAÇAS
> Biographic notes

Project EVA / Bairro 6 de Maio

We were artists in residency in the 6 de Maio district during the months of June and July 2010. This residency (part of the EVA, of Added-Value Exclusion, project) had art intervention in and with and the district/local community as its main goal.
Developed since the mid-70s by (mainly) immigrants from Cape Verde who arrived in Portugal to work in construction, the 6 de Maio district is a place where survival architecture prevails and where deeply precarious conditions include an absence of any water and sewage distribution and collection, or any street lighting. Built with the community, our project began by giving a new face to the district: by trying to give it the dignity and color it never had, but that is still present in memories of Cape Verde.'



Responder: António José Nicolas (FBAUL)





#3 Souvenir

CATARINA CARREIRAS
MARTA VILLAR
> Biographic Notes

Food & design: drawing flavours and designing memories

The act of eating is recognized as a cultural asset that succeeds in reflecting the spirit and lifestyle of a society. The current relationship between design and foodstuffs comes from that awareness and develops from the interest expressed by designers in countless aspects connected to food culture. Souvenir, a project by Catarina Carreiras and Marta Villar (presented at EXD'11) is a visual installation "that feeds on the useful pleasure of creating and that takes shape in the useless pleasure of bringing with us a whole range of flavours." It serves as a starting point for reflecting on the juxtapositions of design and gastronomy.


Responder: Suzana Parreira (FBAUL)





#4 Logo Depois da Vírgula

ANTÓNIO SILVEIRA GOMES
CLÁUDIA CASTELO
LÍGIA AFONSO
MATTIA DENISSE
> Biographic notes

Publishing: between crisis and critique

Stemming from the origin of the word "critique" as an action that places in crisis, this session frames publishing practices as one of its agents – between politics and ideology, essay and fiction, counter-current and current account, main text, note and meta-note. Given the crisis, we position ourselves between the possibilities of self-publishing and financially assisted publishing; the authority of the author and of the State, between the book that was never made (Joubert’s “Pensées”, Mallarmé’s “Le Livre”, Pessoa’s "The Book of Disquiet, among other) and books that might never have been made. Lastly, we will examine the collapse of boundaries between image and text, visual arts and literature as the Page’s own "state of grace".


Responder: Sofia Gonçalves (FBAUL)

18H40 Discussion / Q & A

> EXHIBITION19H00DESIGN IN LISBON – COMMUNICATION, URBAN, PRODUCT, STUDIES



Exhibition Opening
Design in Lisbon
19:00H
Gallery


 


EXHIBITION
Design in Lisbon — Communication, Urban, Product, Studies



> PARALLEL EVENT19H15SAMIZDAT PUBLICATION LAUNCH



Publication launch
SAMIZDAT
19:15H
Chapel
MARCO BALESTEROS
SOFIA GONÇALVES

 


SAMIZDAT
I Publish myself, I do the publishing myself





MARCO BALESTEROS
SOFIA GONÇALVES

The Samizdat workshop (January/April 2010), lead by Marco Balesteros and Sofia Goncalves, proposed the creation of a space for critique and practice in the context of self-publishing. Its central guidelines were the blurring of roles involved in editing/publishing, the designer as author/editor/producer, an understanding of the workshop as a pedagogical model parallel to academia and as a catalyst for critical experimentation and content generation. This meta-design exploration was consolidated in a statement of intent, centered around 7 themes (ideology(ies), art/publishing, editing/contents, print culture/digital culture, meta-media, production, distribution/audience/reader). In turn, these issues led to a series of individual publications (authorial monologues) and collective contributions (panel discussions). The SAMIZDAT publication serves as a record of the workshop as well as an aggregator and an informal compendium on self-publishing’s key issues.





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