Unpleasant Design is a phenomenon in which social control is inherent in the design of objects and spaces. Park benches with a central armrest where one cannot sleep, blue light in public toilets which makes intravenous injection impossible, are just a few common features we regularly encounter in public spaces. In recent years, unpleasant design has become a global fashion with many examples to be found across cities worldwide.
Designing “unpleasant design” is an intricate process. At the Unpleasant Design workshop, participants use persuasive and coercive design techniques to invent a design which targets a specific group, behaviour or product. Particular attention will be paid to technologies, which enable discrimination and the role of pervasive technology in urban spaces. Participants will actively explore this change through the application of unpleasant design.
Selena Savić is an architect, artist and researcher, interested in the way technology mediates the space we inhabit. A graduate from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade (2006), she continued her studies in Media Design at the Piet Zwart Institute, Networked Media Department, The Netherlands (2010). Since September 2011 she is a doctoral candidate at the Federal Technical Institute in Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL) and the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal (IST), and a grantee of the FCT, Portugal. At EPFL, Selena is one of the founding researchers at SINLAB, an experimental laboratory situated at the intersection of Performing Arts, Architecture, Science, Engineering and Philosophy. Her artistic work and research was exhibited at numerous exhibitions and festivals.
WORKSHOP LEADERS: Selena Savić and Nikola Korać
Nikola Korać graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Belgrade (2006), and finished his specialist studies in silkscreen printing from Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Belgrade (2012). His work traverses the fields of illustration and fine art, combining pop culture aesthetics, street art, typography and humor.
He is a founding member of SilkSkrin, Belgrade whose aim is to promote artistic expression in graphic communication by balancing traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques.
URBAN KNIGHTS, BERLIN 2013
UNPLEASANT DESIGN WORKSHOP
NOV 12th, 11.00-16-00
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Weisestraße 7, U8 Boddinstraße
Neukölln 12049 Berlin
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