The Right to design

Through short presentations and discussions, The Right to design: Another possible is possible, will begin to collectively unfold the questions of what are design rights now? And what could be the right to design?

This seminar is part of a series of investigations with practitioners and scholars from disciplinary fields ranging from design and architecture to anthropology and law that will not only map relationships to human rights but begin to imagine alternative framings for how rights could be practiced, made visible and extended through the discipline of design itself.

Participants include Arjun Appadurai, Agency, Arturo Escobar, Elof Hellström/Mapping the Unjust City, Anna Hydén, Mahmoud Keshavarz, Nina Valerie Kolowratnik, Thomas Marriott and Christina Zetterlund, introduction and moderation by Onkar Kular and Henric Benesch.

Presentations and discussions will be held in English on October 7. The programme will be hosted at the Röhsska Museum please note that some presentations will be conducted online in front of a live audience. See detailed schedule below.

The Right to design is a practice-based platform by Onkar Kular and Henric Benesch.


13.00 Introduction: The Right to design
Onkar Kular & Henric Benesch

13.15 – 14.15 Roundtable 1: Borders/Institutions/Histories
Mahmoud Keshavarz & Christina Zetterlund

14.15 – 15.15 Assembly
Agency will invoke the controversy Thing 002406 (Jazz Camera)

15.30 – 15.45 Presentation
Thomas Marriott: Body Worn Video (online)

15.50 – 16.45 Roundtable 2: Cartographies
Mapping the Unjust City & Nina Valerie Kolowratnik (online)

16.45 – 17.00 Presentation
Anna Hydén: Designklubben: Biskopsgården


18.00 – 19.30 Another possible is possible (online)
Drawing from global south epistemologies, join us for a conversation between Arturo Escobar and Arjun Appadurai on other possible ways of knowing and being. Co-Moderator: Prof. Elena Raviola.

No pre-registration needed. Kindly note that there is only a limited number of places available.

The event is jointly organised with the Röhsska Museum, IASPIS, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Art, research publishing platform PARSE and HDK Valand, Academy of Art & Design, University of Gothenburg. The event has received financial support from Göteborgs Slöjdförening.

Top image: Still image from The Right to design: A purposeful misreading – PARSE HUMAN JOURNAL 2020 Photo: Onkar Kular.

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