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Rethink! @ designtransfer Berlin

Last Friday, our Rethink!-Exhibition opened in Berlin at designtransfer at the UDK. To begin with the ‘Gender-Talk’, PHD candidates Fred Meyer-Menzel and Michelle Christensen discussed gender issues and perspectives in design with Dr. Barbara Sandow and Prof. Dr. Uta Brandes. The talk continued with the participation of the audience, pointing out once more how deeply all those gender stereotypes are rooted in us, even though specific cases are open to interpretation if and how gender (un)sensitive an object can be regarded.   The exhibition grew with four exhibits by UDK students, and was opened with a short introduction by Prof. Dr. Uta Brandes and the performance of ‘amorphé’. The exhibition will be open 28. April – 15. May, Di – Fr, 10 – 18o’clock. Ilka Schauberg, head of designtransfer, and her team were so fun and easy to work with, thank you very much for the wonderful time in Berlin!   All pictures by Julia Schümann of Wolf Fotografie  

Infantilisation and Sexualisation – About to become the same?

The use and abuse of the power of design has been the topic of my bachelor’s research proposal „Sexy Baby – Sexualisation of Girls in Return to Infantilisation of Women” and only scratched at the surface on how the Western/German society with its predominately male perspective of itself dominate this world. here, design is not only an indicator how this is done but also maintains and reproduces this hierarchy. The findings of the research proposal first were conflicting. The exploration revealed how children in the western world are exposed to sexualisation; and even worse, are getting sexualised themselves. Design Design, in all is blurred4 glory, is depending on the interaction with the subject. We could focus now on the general discourse of the subject and the object, which would lead directly to the issues of production -yes, french sociologist Jean Baudrillard claimed that subjects don’t exist, they are produced and this leads directly to famous feminist Simone de Beauvoir and her famos phrase “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” Baudrillard and later …

Design of the workplace in non-territorial Coworking Spaces

»The past: You were in the office. The present: Your desk is office. The future: You are the office.« (Mary Colette Wallace, 2000) The changing society is always accompanied by a change in the work environment: these changes – especially in terms of flexibility – entail new requirements for work spaces. Therefore, more and more spaces are created, which provide an infrastructure that self – employed workers, freelancers and employees can use flexibly and where, at the same time, they can enjoy the benefits of networking. By approaching the structure of „coworking spaces“ as a social category, my diploma thesis at KISD tried to clarify in what way the deterritorialization of the classic office space is a positive development. To give an overview about the broad history of non-territorial office space concepts – which is no brand-new concept but has rather been used in various ways since computerization –, different evolution stages had to be clarified.In this context first steps towards „non-territorial“ spatial structures were already made about 40 years ago in German IBM labour …

Gender, Space and Outer Space

Today we start a new feature on the iGDN’s blog: the  column, where members share their – hopefully – thought-provoking ideas and impulses. The first one takes you now into the vastness of outer space. It’s November and if you’re in Germany these days, you may well find yourself running into a traditional St. Martin’s parade with kids holding lanterns and singing “lantern, lantern, sun, moon and stars” (which actually rhymes in German). And, if you look closely, you can spot very traditional lanterns with the sun or the moon on it. And if you look even closer, the sun features a full, smiling, red mouth, the big eyes have long lashes and the cheeks are blushing. In contrast to that, the moon has strong, dark eyebrows, sometimes it smokes a pipe and, overall, it has sharp features. Apparently, the sun appears to be female while the moon is male. The explanation for this could be the obvious linguistic one: In German as a Proto-Indo-European language, the moon (der Mond) is, as indicated by it’s article, male, the …