Social Matter, Social Design
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For Good or Bad, All Design Is Social
Challenging the way we look at, think of and interact with the social world, Social Matter, Social Design emphasizes the role of materiality. This enlarged field for engagement demands that design incorporates a more nuanced and complex reading of how the social is intertwined with the material, which confronts the often reductive or simplistic notion of "social design," and offers novel forms of critical and meaningful engagement at a time of mounting social contradictions.
The essays are centered around four major themes: the body; earth; the political; and technology.
With contributions from Jonas Althaus, Stéphane Barbier Bouvet, Mariangela Beccoi, Ellie Birkhead, Gali Blay, Nadine Botha, Pablo Calderón Salazar, Marianne Drews, Brecht Duijf, Anastasia Eggers, Gabriel Fontana, Saba Golchehr, Alorah Harman, Dick van Hoff, Eric Klarenbeek, Kuang-Yi Ku, Gabriel A Maher, Henrique Nascimento, Elisa Otañez, Ottonie von Roeder, Søren Rosenbak, Angela Rui, Vera Sacchetti, Noud Sleumer, Vivien Tauchmann and Henriette Waal.
Edited by Jan Boelen and Michael Kaethler
Designed by Wibke Bramesfeld and Billy Ernst
With drawings by Billy Ernst
Published by Valiz, 2020
Softcover, 240 pages, 100 b&w images, 5.5 × 8.5 inches