Designing the Social-Material: Idea, Process and Challenge

Seravalli Lecture

Design for Social Innovation, Transformation Design or Transition Design are emerging design practice, research and study. In spite of the differences in the name, philosophy and mode of operation, they share the same ambition of applying design competence to co-create a more sustainable way of living. Thereby they expand the subject matter of design beyond the material to include the social. If traditional design creates new artefacts for particular social context, be it at work, at home, or in school; then these emerging practices are aimed to create alternative ways or conditions of working, living and learning with the support of new material and digital artefacts.

In Wintersemester 2015/16, we intend to look more closely at designing that reconfigures the social as well as the material in transdisciplinary codesign research and practice. We go after the following questions:

•    What is the idea or philosophy underlying the practice?
•    How is research integrated into the design process?
•    What are the challenges and how are they overcome?

Organization: Prof. in Dr. Rosan Chow, Industriedesign, Muthesius Kunsthochschule,     E chow@muthesius.de
More information: https://research-practice-dialogue.muthesius-kunsthochschule.de
Student participation is credited by Kunst- und Designdiskurs.

26. October 2015

In Focus

The main goal of the Muthesius University in Kiel is to promote art, design and spatial strategies via research and development projects as a focal point for work and intellectual debates. As the only art university in the State of Schleswig-Holstein, the Muthesius is not only a place to develop culturally relevant biographies but with its project studies also a place of particular experimentation and realisation.
 To a certain extent, the profile of the Master’s programme represents study courses and development possibilities for students unique in the Federal Republic of Germany.

“At the centre of the Muthesius University’s focus is art and design, the creative and productive. Around this centre there revolves the fundamental relationship between theory and practice. This reciprocal relationship is a permanent process, a circular movement around the centre held by art and design. It needs free space to move. Thus, the firt condition for art and design at our university is freedom! To study at the Muthesius is the desire to use this freedom to mature into an equally creative and productive personality. In this way, we can provide our students with personal biographies”, promises President Dr. Arne Zerbst.

Around 580 study places are currently spread across the study courses in Fine Arts, Fine Arts for Secondary School Teachers, Spatial Strategies, Communication Design and Industrial Design.

RESEARCH AND PROJECTS

Training and education at the Muthesius are project-oriented. Students are encourage early to gain experience with real clients. The Project Office, the Publication Office and the Centre for Media are interdisciplinary departments which help students to complete their projects successfully.
By particpating in the excellence clusters the Muthesius University is one of the internationally visible and competitive research institutes contributing to the sustainability of research in Germany. Numerous cooperation partners at local, national and international level appreciate the Muthesius University’s interdisciplinary structure and the personal atmosphere of the class sizes of a maximum to 20 students – an excellent basis for discourse leading to innovation.

INTERNATIONALITY

Each term, students and lecturers discuss national and international positions in art and design within the framework of interdisciplinary workshop weeks and internally organised, public symposia. International lecturers are always a part of these required courses. Young people from over 30 countries around the world come together in Kiel to study art and design. They make up 14 per cent of the student body, with an increasing tendency. This puts the Muthesius University above the national average.

WEBLOGS OF THE FIELDS OF STUDY (In German)

In order to make the variety of the Muthesius University more informative, in addition to the »official« information pages (the coloured half of the website) there are over 30 weblogs (the white half of this website) updated by the individual study courses/departments themselves (in German only).

 

Muthesius Academic Calender 2017

up to  06.01.2017                           Semester Break

26.-29.01.2017                               Black Mountain als Multiversum – Symposium /

Forum for Interdisciplinary Studies

08.02.2017                                       Sprachkunst. Lecture Sibylle Lewitscharoff. Kesselhaus.

09.02.2017
                                       „Open Doors“ – Study Information Day at

Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design.

13.02.2017                                        Last Day of Classes

31.03.2017                                        End of Term

01.04.2017                                        Start Summer Semester

30.09.2017                                       End Summer Semester

03.04.2017                                       Start of Classes in Summer Semester

20. – 22.07.2017                            Annual Show „Einblick-Ausblick“

21.07.2017                                        Last Day of Classes

29.09.2017                                       European Researchers Day

01.10.2017                                        Start Winter Semester

16.1.2017                                           Start of Classes Wintersemester

from 21.12.2017                             Semester Break