Exhibition: HOW THINGS DON’T WORK September 26 – December 15 2014, New York (US)

We are happy to announce our participation in the exhibition called How Things Don’t Work: The Dream Space of Victor Papanek at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery from September 26 to December 15 2014 in New York City.

From the exhibition text:

“How might Victor Papanek–legendary design provocateur–approach the intractably complex design problems of today when humble, straightforward solutions no longer suffice? 

In the four decades since Victor Papanek wrote How Things Don’t Work with James Hennessy, the context for design has only grown more complex. Globalization and the explosion of information technologies have created both opportunities and challenges that did not exist when Papanek was first practicing. Innovations in computer, biological, and financial systems have collided with a population boom and irreversible climate change to challenge deeply the effectiveness of design as a catalyst for change. And the emergence of systems and speculative design practices points to new ways in which design can shape our sense of future possibilities. This exhibition aims to revive the spirit of Papanek’s iconoclasm while revealing the systemic complexities (absurdities?) of our current condition.

The exhibition will be run from September 25, 2014 through to December 15, 2014 in the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery of the Sheila Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design. The exhibition is organized by Alison Clarke (Vienna), Fiona Raby (Vienna and London) and Jamer Hunt (NYC), with curatorial support from Radhika Subramaniam, Director of the Sheila Johnson Design Center, New York. Exhibition design by Manuel Miranda, principal of Manuel Miranda Practice (MMP).”

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