Exhibition Dates 28/01–11/02/20
Opening with talks by Imad Gebrayel, Stefanie Rau and Madeleine Morley 28/01/20, 18:30
Workshop with Antonia Schneemann and Lisa Baumgarten 01/02/20, 15:00–18:00
Book Release and Reading “Real-time Realist #2” with Jungmyung Lee, Lieven Lahaye 06/02/20, 19:00
Closing Event: Reading and Book Sale, 11/02/20, 19:00
Teaching Design Conversations is a temporary library and conversational format about design education from intersectional feminist and decolonial perspectives. Building on the online platform Teaching Design, the two-week long format CONVERSATIONS provides access to literature in a physical space as a framework to come together and connect with like-minded design educators – such as ourselves – and everybody interested in the field. Let’s share our experiences, doubts, questions, knowledge, concepts, methods and references to transform current structures!
THE TEMPORARY LIBRARY
The temporary library at A—Z from 28/01/–11/02/20 has grown from the collectively gathered resources from our online platform Teaching Design. The books will be compiled from Berlin libraries and provided by Pro qm. We warmly invite you to use the space to browse through the literature, read, listen and discuss!
Visit the library Fridays from 13:00–18:00 or make a personal appointment via email@example.com
The A–Z space will be transformed by commissioned work by artists and designers Benedetta Crippa (Stockholm), Peter Behrbohm (Berlin) and Fabrice Höfgen following core principles of Teaching Design: The temporary library offers access to resources to develop transformative strategies, a safe space to ask critical questions and start a dialogue and the tools to share and exchange knowledge. (For more info on the artists see below.)
Tuesday 28/01/20, 18:30, OPENING with contributions by
Imad Gebrayel, a Lebanese designer and researcher based in Berlin whose projects revolve around identity politics, migration and representation. Imad will be discussing modes of exclusion and coloniality of power in both EU and Non-EU design education systems based on his experience in Lebanon, the Netherlands and Germany.
Stefanie Rau, who moves with her work between the fields of graphic design, text-based artistic practices and teaching. In a form of auto-critique Stefanie will reflect on her experiences and involvement in self-organized educational projects and her work at the Weißensee Academy of Art where she started teaching in 2019.
Madeleine Morley, a Berlin-based design writer, editor and researcher. Madeleine’s talk will discuss writing about (and around) design history, and the things that often get in the way. She will describe her own process of looking for gaps, following the labour, practising care, and working both with and against the archive.
Saturday 01/02/20, 15:00–18:00, WORKSHOP with Antonia Schneemann and Lisa Baumgarten
Why do I do what I do – like I do it – and not differently?
In this workshop we move from the theoretical examination of design theory to practice. Starting from the participants’ and our own individual experiential knowledge, we will test methods, reflect on our individual standpoint(s) and skills, and discuss the question: How do we want to learn and teach?
The workshop length is approx. 2 hours, there will be an additional hour to drink tea and reflect on the outcomes.
The number of spots for the workshops is limited.
Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org by 25/01/20.
Antonia Schneemann has been working as an art mediator since 2014. Amongst other projects Antonia conceived and directed educational programming at the National Museums in Berlin. As a freelance art educator, she conducts workshops and develops formats for museums, associations or educational institutions with a focus on group processes and the development of methods. She holds an M.A. in Arts Education from the Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland).
Thursday 06/02/20, 19:00, BOOK RELEASE and READING
Real-time Realist #2 with Jungmyung Lee and Lieven Lahaye
Published by J-LTF Press, “Real-Time Realist” is an experiment in the range of human affect through typography, visual art, and contemporary writing, based on psychologist Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions. This publication is, also, a type specimen of linguistic significance which showcases typefaces produced by Jung-Lee Type Foundry. The second issue explores ECSTASY, JOY, SERENITY, and LOVE, The Yellow Wheel, with contributions from invited artists distilling the aforesaid emotions.
Tuesday 11/02/20, 19:00, Closing Event – READING and BOOK SALE
We will sum up our two-weeks exhibition with reading selected texts from our library which will also be published in a printed reader. The books provided by Proqm will be sold during the event.
FURTHER EVENTS are going to be announced via Instagram @teaching.design
Teaching Design started as a visual bibliography on Instagram, focusing on design education from intersectional feminist and decolonial perspectives – initiated and edited by Lisa Baumgarten – designer (lisabaumgarten.de), educator and researcher – and Anja Neidhardt – co-creater of depatriarchisedesign.com, design journalist, and PHD candidate.
Pro qm – thematische Buchhandlung, Almstadtstraße 48-50, 10119 Berlin, pro-qm.de
The title font “Calyces” was kindly provided by Charlotte Rohde
ADDITIONAL ARTIST INFO
Benedetta Crippa runs her graphic design and research practice in Stockholm with work across the wide scope of visual communication. Her main area of research concerns ways in which graphic design can expand beyond current boundaries of methodology and aesthetics. She designs visual interventions for transformation and pleasure beyond dominant traditions to revisit ideas around beauty, form and power. Benedetta is currently guest teacher at Konstfack University as initiator of the first course of its kind on sustainability through visuality.
Peter Behrbohm designs obstacles, digs for narrative fragments, thinks with hands and feet, constructs abnormal apparatus and installs fictions in public spaces. With his work he surgically intervenes public spaces as well as its routines.
Fabrice Höfgen is a spatial designer focusing on the exploration of synergetic human interactions. Led by a fascination for the “inbetween”, the emotional, his practice aims to transgress conventional categories by queering spaces and environments.