05 October 2014

Design and War.

University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover

16 – 17 October 2014



This year marks not only the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War but it is also the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War. This is reason enough for the organisers of the Materialschlacht [attrition warfare] symposium at University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover to tackle the link between war and design in detail. 


Although the link between design and war is not immediately obvious to everyone, there are important and basic aspects the two have in common. In order to be successful, both war and design rely on the development of new technologies and on using these to shape their respective worlds. Since the beginning of asymetric warfare in the 21st century, design and war have been linked closer together than ever before. War is no longer waged with traditional weapons but can be conducted through a terror organisation’s website showing propaganda videos, which can become dangerous ammunition. In addition, viewed against the background of history, the link between the two cannot be ignored as military operations have always increased the willingness to invest in new developments. Design and warfare have usually profited in equal measure from these new developments and innovations.

The conference’s programme comprises two whole days of lectures on the various areas of war and culture, coverage and footage of war, design in war and design warriors. The organisers have invited 19 academics specialising in theory and practice to be involved in the event. Against the background of the various design disciplines, the speakers will illuminate the influences on war and design from different angles. Topics of debate at the symposium will include the problem of shaping and designers’ social responsibility, the historic material representation of the topic and the latest results in research in the context between media design and deployment of drones.


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