Critical Design Practices
Critical Design Practices gives an introduction to different practices of critical design including speculative design, transition design, design activism, anti-fashion and their theoretical and historical foundations.
The course coaches the students to apply research-oriented critical approaches to analyze and reflect upon their actions, mindsets, methods and outputs on their own field of design practice. The course guides the students to understand the importance of curiosity on social, political, cultural and ecological issues and it provides skills to apply critical approaches as a springboard for groundbreaking designs dealing with relevant societal challenges.
During the course the students experiment with design challenges and use design as a vehicle for critical deliberation. In the end of the course the students exhibit and articulate a critical design statement. They learn to explicate the foundations of their critical stand.
The course was ran for the first time in fall 2018 and it was organised jointly by the MA-programs CoDE – Contemporary Design and FaCT – Fashion Clothing and Textile Design during 2018 and 2019.
It is a compulsory course for all first-year CoDe students.
Lectured by Julia Lohmann (CoDe), teaching assistant Aino Tuovinen
Through Critical Design by visiting lecturer Dr. Gillian Russell, Emily Carr University, Vancouver Canada 22.04.21
Methods of Speculative Design by visiting lecturer Prof. Tim Parsons, Arts Institute of Chicago and Jessica Charlesworth 27.04.21
Lecture by visiting lecturer Prof. Fiona Raby (Dunne & Raby), Parsons The New School, NYC 29.04.21
Lecture of Com-pa-ny Design Studio, Helsinki by Aamu Song & Johan Olin 04.05.21
Food Webs and Food Futures, Seminar by Dr. Seona Candy, University of Helsinki 11.05.21
Food Futures by Dr. Markéta Dolejšová 18.05.21
Lectured by Julia Lohmann (CoDe) and Namkyu Chun (FaCT)
Critical, Civic, State Crafts by visiting lecturer: Dr. Otto von Busch
We will be considering fashion and clothing from the perspective of class and gender; as being the sort of things that are constructed, performed and reproduced.
Dress is so intimately related to our bodies, and thus profoundly connected to our sexual, cultural and gender identities. Fashion and clothing are instrumental in the process of socialisation into gender roles; they shape people's ideas of how a person should look (whether masculine or feminine). From this point of view, fashion both might help to nurture one's own identity or might confine in those existing strict gender norms.
Lectured by Julia Lohmann, Pirjo Haikola (CoDe) and Annamarie Vänskä (FaCT)
Micro Utopias by visiting lecturer: Timo Rissanen. 13.9.2018
Broken Nature by visiting lecturer: Paola Antonelli. 20.9.2018
Design for Change: Activism, Feminism & Politics. Panelists: Eva Berglund,
Guy Julier, Pirjo Haikola, Ramia Mazé. 25.9.2018
Pinatex by visiting lecturer: Carmen Hijosa. 27.9.2018
Decentralization of the decision-making: exploring the pros and cons of the current democratic system
Our group’s focus was on exploring the pros and cons of the current governmental decision-making model. The research covered the problems in the democratic decision making and searched for alternatives. The conclusion was that the current system is overloaded with problems dealing with human factors, bureaucracy and political entanglements, and that an ideal form of decision-making in the future should be based on long-set goals, long-term vision, facts over fiction, based on expert-driven committees, all this resulting in a feeling that the voters really can outspeak their minds and that every vote matters.
A zine that is dedicated to making strange the new familiar. The project is set out to reflect on understandings of identity by developing a critical approach to weddings.
This project is rooted in the overconsumption and people’s psychology behind it, we choose Christmas as an agent to state our declaration. The guide is focused on the traditional Finnish Christmas, described in a rather ironic tone. It points out the necessities of the holiday, how and when it should be celebrated.