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DESIGN CAMPUS Dresden: Open Call for Class 2023

by d-o-t-s (Laura Drouet, Olivier Lacrouts)

The Design Campus summer program is a ​»School of Utopias«. It is a visionary design school set to explore complex problems, dream bold ideas, and collaboratively build new ways forward. Curated by a different Head of School each year, the curriculum will investigate a specific theme. The students and faculty will explore the research question through a series of workshops, lectures, talks, exhibits, and other public programs. The summer school will be a spring board for future projects in the museum, its environs, and its network.

In its traditional understanding and execution, design is a discipline focused on the satisfaction of human needs and wishes. The on-going Climate Emergency, however, reminds us that caring only for our species’ desires has had – and keeps having – unfortunate repercussions on the planet and the other beings that co-inhabit it with us. Changing direction is essential. Deconstructing the principles of design and supporting instead multi-specific relationships and pluricultural narratives is an urgency.

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Thought as a learning ground, The School of Phyto-centred Design* invites the participants to discover and get inspired by the vegetal world and to imagine new design approaches that could benefit all beings without distinction. Adopting The Manifesto of Phyto-centered Design** as a moral compass and informed by the exhibition Plant Fever on display on-site during the summer school at Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden, the programme will value multidisciplinarity, multiculturalism, collaboration, and critical thinking; sowing seeds of disobedience and inclusiveness.

Led by a selection of experimental thinkers and practitioners, the nine day workshops will be further nourished by accompanying lectures from specialists (gardeners, scientists, philosophers…) and visits to pertinent sites surrounding the Design Campus at Pillnitz Palace & Park.

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registration is ongoing so long as space allows.