Philosophical Perspectives on Design
Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Musik Freiburg
16 – 17 January 2015
Design is becoming increasingly complex and ubiquitous. However, design theory is heavily bogged down in practice and actual processes. The symposium “Philosophical Perspectives on Design” focuses on this issue and seeks to bring together design and philosophy in order to discuss the essential nature of the discipline.
There is hardly any area of life in our modern world that is not permeated by design, which makes it an influential and multi-faceted factor. For some time, design theory has researched and analysed methods, strategies, applications and contexts. In doing so, however, it concentrates primarily on specific activities in actual practice. The organisers of the interdisciplinary conference “Philosophical Perspectives on Design” at the Hochschule für Kunst, Design und Musik Freiburg are therefore promoting a philosophical approach to the discipline, as already exists in the English-speaking world. Through ongoing theoretical discourse, matters relating to the essential nature of design, for instance the way in which it is differentiated from associated fields, such as art and technology, and an epistemological approach to artefacts, are returning to the spotlight. The lectures by the invited experts will weigh up the potential of a philosophical approach to design and identify cases in which theoretical knowledge could be implemented in practice.
Attendance at the event is free; you can register via email.