The Right to Design: A Public Mapping/CANCELLED

The Right to Design: A Public Mapping/CANCELLED

To coincide with the exhibition Forensic Architecture: Design as Investigation this event centres on mapping relationships between design, architecture and human rights. Through a format of short presentations, readings, performances and tabled discussions the aim is to begin to collectively unfold the questions of what are design rights now? And what could be the right to design?

Contributions will highlight projects, case studies and concepts that map multiple readings of how certain human rights frameworks can be viewed as the wrong instruments for protection. From how intellectual property laws continually fail to safeguard folklore and other indigenous knowledge forms, to why the right to understand how injustices produced through and with design could be the basis for claiming design education as a special kind of right and how contemporary design and spatial practices can materialise and identify instances where rights fail and exclude.

The Right to Design: A public mapping is the first in a series of investigations with practioners and scholars from disciplinary fields ranging from design and architecture to anthropology and law that will not only map designs relationships to human rights but begin to imagine alternative framings for how rights could be practiced, be redesigned, made visible and extended through the discipline of design itself.

The event is open to the public will include a pre-screening of The Left-to-Die Boat by Forensic Oceanography in the Röhsska Auditorium at 11hrs, a guided tour of Forensic Architecture: Design as Investigation at 13hrs by curator Johan Deurell and a special reading from Boatema Boateng’s the Copyright Thing Doesn’t Work Here.

The Right to Design: A Public Mapping is jointly organised with the Röhsska Museum, Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists and HDK-Valand, Academy of Art & Design, University of Gothenburg.

The event has received financial support from Göteborgs slöjdförening.

Sammanfattning på svenska
I samband med Röhsska museets utställning Forensic Architecture fokuserar vi på sambanden mellan design, arkitektur och mänskliga rättigheter. Genom korta presentationer, föreläsningar, framföranden och rundabordssamtal undersöker vi vad design är idag och vad det skulle kunna vara. Observera att programaktiviteten hålls på engelska.

Toppbild: I cling to virtue, 2012. Foto: Noam Toran & Onkar Kular.