Lectures, talks and symposia

Papanek Symposium 2017

Papanek Symposium 2017

Design and Ethics

Friday 22 September 2017 | Austrian Ambassador's Residence

Questions of design and ethics take on a new currency, form and prescience in a post-industrial, ‘post-truth’ landscape. The technological shifts that have re-organised work through the automation of labour are intimately connected to global social problems relating to immigration, racial and gender politics. New classifications of intelligence, ‘artificial’, ‘alternative’ and ‘false’, are produced and consumed through the design and management of infrastructures of information. Meanwhile, new experts in algorithmic cultures, engineering and synthetic biology pursue the application of these forms of intelligence in medicine, security, health and social care as practical solutions to complex social problems.

Design and architecture occupy a powerful and precarious responsibility within this complexity, which goes beyond mere application and facilitation. The Papanek Symposium 2017 considers the deeply embedded social and political implications of work in design; a practice which can be so vulnerable to co-option and yet conversely so valuable as a form of dissent. It explores the unique position of design practice and research – contemporary, historical and anthropological – to address questions of ethics in design. Bringing academics and designers into dialogue, it aims to generate new ideas and critical thinking on the state of ethics in design and architecture today.

Directed by Alison J. Clarke
Organised by Leah Armstrong and Alison J. Clarke

Hosted by His Excellency Dr. Martin Eichtinger, Austrian Ambassador to the United Kingdom,
Austrian Embassy UK

The Papanek Foundation is an official partner of the London Design Festival 2017.

Please click here to register at papanek.org/symposium