2020 DHS Annual Conference
Memory full? Reimagining the relations between design and history
3-5 September 2020, Basel, Switzerland
The “memory full” warning when a computer drive reaches maximum capacity is both irritating, as much as it incites creativity. Responses include upgrading storage, deleting content, or constraining an otherwise unfettered desire to archive everything. Actions like these can be read as a metaphor for how histories of design are shaped.
Against a background of multiple temporalities and ontologies for design, this conference sets out to explore the relationship between design and memory.
How can we interpret, share, mine, or perform the memory of design? How do we find stories of social change, sometimes recorded in artefacts buried under layers of water or soil, in the plot twists of old novels or vintage media? Practices involving design as means to construct, repair and speculate about the past are integral to both canonic and alternative histories. To what extent can history writing be compared to a design project? How long do these narrations remain functional before they need to be patched with new data? Are machines also learning bias when they are instructed to collect data and present it in meaningful forms?
The conference discusses historic, contemporary and interdisciplinary approaches to the topic, welcoming design historians, postgraduate students and scholars in related fields; as well as writers, practitioners, educators, museum professionals, and activists who engage with design.
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Meret Ernst, Convener
Monica Gaspar, Co-Convener
Claudia Mareis, Gabriele Oropallo, Michael Renner, Convenor Team
The FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel offers seven bachelor and four master degree courses in art, design, and art and design education and research. The school is located on the Campus of the Arts in the Basel Dreispitz area, close to several cultural institutions such as Kunsthaus Baselland, Schaulager, and the House of Electronic Arts.