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Closing Keynote | News from Nowhere or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Doing Research in a Small European Country

When Sat 07 Sep 1700
Where Miraikan Hall
What English
Who Petra Cerne Oven
Petra Černe Oven’s closing keynote presentation will interweave three layers. The first layer will offer a glimpse into the work of influential Slovenian modernist architect, sculptor, and graphic designer Jože Brumen (1930–2000). The second layer will reflect upon Černe Oven’s findings and connected research process. And the third layer will put historical research into the context of contemporary design and its future. This exploration will point to the existence of many hidden gems which are not yet on the world map of “official” design history. In 2010, design thinker Victor Margolin said, “the history of design is central to the history of the world.” Černe Oven thinks that it’s high time we begin mapping all of its missing parts. To this end, she will broach questions about the relationship between design and history and the importance of rigorous research, while addressing the obstacles and pitfalls of such undertakings. Projects from the past can lend insights into technological development, as well as the influence of the geopolitical contexts which shaped the design professions of individual cultures. Only through gaining an understanding of their roots and their collective pasts may designers find professional identity and recognize the role of design in contemporary society. With all of this in mind, they may envision solutions for the future: solutions which will bring about a positive change to the (for now) bleak prospects surrounding the presence of humans on Spaceship Earth.

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