lectures – Jean Boyd

Propaganda and protest, politically engaged design.

weliome to pine point – website about history of disused location

politics – artisan/city.
’street art’ being overtaken by commercial companies – street culture originally anti this… companies now using this iconography, culture and mise en scene to sell.

mentalgassi – alternative design company

mentalgassi ‘amnesty’ project –

brother and sisters design agency

occupygeorge.com  – – anti capitalism – dollar bill stamping etc… made by anonymous designers

note – arab spring, peacewalls, post-it notes on walls etc [london]

note – advertising -visual noise – DEBORD


covering ‘illegal’ billboards with street art/political art – court action against the artists NOT the illegal billboards companies.


youarethecity is a research, design and planning practice interested in creating dialogue about the urban environment. Informed by the belief that the city is a complex set of economic, social, environmental, political, historic, geographic andspatial dynamics, each of which can be a transformative agent in the design and planning process, youarethecity collaborates with institutions, individuals and non-profit organizations to produce maps, diagrams, writings, designs, websites, events and exhibitions about urban spaces.

decode jerusalem 

critical design/alternative ‘tourguides’.

Decode Jerusalem is a free independent alternative travel guide to East Jerusalem. It invites you to stroll around places that are hardly mentioned in conventional travel guides and aims at letting you discover some crucial aspects that the Israeli occupation, going on since 1967, brings with it. See Decode Jerusalem as a tool that allows you to broaden your understanding of the conflict and helps you to make sense of what you see and experience. For every described location the guide is giving you two assorted opinions: the Palestinian and the Israeli Zionist point of view. Like this the book tries to give you the understanding of what the occupation is about and what it means for the local population.

tactical technology collective 

Established in 2003, Tactical Tech is an international NGO working to enable the effective use of information for progressive social change. Our work is informed by the principles of freedom of expression and freedom of information and the need for transparency and accountability.
We are technologists, information designers, data and security experts, and human rights and environmental justice activists who share a passion for social change.
Our mission is to advance the skills, tools and techniques of rights advocates, empowering them to utilise information and communications as a critical asset in helping marginalised communities understand and effect progressive social, environmental and political change.
We believe that when people have full awareness of the potential and perils of information and are able to create and share information effectively, they are able to bring about positive social change on the issues that matter to them.Our work is divided into three key programme areas: ActReveal and Protect.

Ethics, social responsibility and design 

howbigreally.com made by berg for the bbc – re representation of information – floods, wars etc

first thing first manifesto – designers against only using design for commercial gains – DEBORD

curb media – 

Amazing, Engaging and Sustainable Outdoor media
We help brands amplify out of home media, PR and experiential using innovative, cutting edge techniques. From interactive living billboards to outdoor spectaculars, we deliver attention-grabbing media helping clients stand out and inspire their audience.

post – capitalism – trading in ideas rather than goods.

AIGA – design ethics organisation

compostmodern – post modern design issues conferences
Our vision is to transform products, industries and lives through sustainable design choices. Compostmodern engages designers, sustainability professionals, artists and entrepreneurs to collaborate in realizing a more environmentally, culturally and economically sustainable world. Join us for an inspiring line-up of speakers and opportunities to meet, network, and collaborate with colleagues in the field. Learn more about the designer’s role in creating a sustainable world and about thebackground of Compostmodern.

email from Jean –

suggestions about PG and society of the spectacle project:

Of course we’re not just talking about research here, but the making of work
through that research – this is where intersections might be particularly
constructive eg. how might theme a, b or c intersect with the physicality of
the book, or the construction of time in film, or the space of the city

As for references, again there are many possibilities.  First and foremost I
wondered how (or if) Walter Benjamin figured in your research, as he seemed
to stalk every element It seems a key point to establish before taking that any further.

For instance, if it were how the artist might intervene in public spaces,
creating situations where the city might be experienced differently, then the
extensive range of Vito Acconci’s practice could be useful. He’s one of the
few artists that did successfully activate Situationist-type strategies, and
has used writing, performance and film, the viewer as participant, and taken
work into urban planning.

If the focus was on themes of the city, architecture, imaginative spaces,
then there’s a wealth of great material on Geoff Manaugh’s BLDGBLOG site,
http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/  you may already know it, as he’s very active
in this area.
For instance he was instrumental in this weekend’s Thrilling Wonder Stories
at the Architectural Association in London and Studio-X NYC in New York, a
favourite event of psychogeographers.

If the focus was to be the intersection of Situationist practice with
contemporary technologies then you could look at fun experiments such as the
Serendipitor app http://serendipitor.net/site/?page_id=2   or the
Situationist app from Benrik  http://benrik.co.uk/content/situationist.asp
Drawing machines from ‘Devices: A Manual of Architectural and Spatial
Machines’ by CJ Lim. There’s some of his books in the Library.

The other important point to think about is the medium itself and how you
explore it: so if you’re working with film, how the viewer’s experience
relates to your themes, how you structure the experience of time represented
in relation to time experienced, constructed image, scale and space,
possibilities for interaction, and so on.

Janet Cardiff’s sound and film work,

Patrick Kieller of course (SVA in Stroud
is showing Robinson in Ruins on 17th Nov),

Philipp Lachenman http://www.lachenmann.net/

possibly even
Aernout Mik for film.


~ by mrtbrown on November 10, 2011.

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