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Expansive Bodies. Contesting Design at Het Nieuwe Instituut | Brendan Cormier | 9789462086654 | nai010

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Expansive Bodies. Contesting Design at Het Nieuwe Instituut

Auteur:Brendan Cormier

Uitgever:nai010

ISBN: 978-94-6208-665-4

  • Paperback
  • Engels
  • 316 pagina's
  • 1 sep. 2021

Expansive Bodies: Contesting Design at Het Nieuwe Instituut

Today, design occupies an increasingly expansive field. Promoters argue that almost anything can be design. But by expanding its definition, design is no longer just about solutions and innovation, but often the root cause of problems and conflict. For museums that engage in the design world, such shifting ground poses an existential challenge. It is no longer enough to simply champion design professions, designers, and designed objects. One must instead deeply interrogate how design acts, to what end, and for whom.

Expansive Bodies is an account of the past eight years of institutional practice at Het Nieuwe Institute in Rotterdam, and its own attempt to come to terms with this shifting ground, which has produced a unique approach to framing, challenging and probing design. The book comprises an oral history of the institute as recounted by fifteen practitioners, an illustrated account of the institute’s exhibition history, and sixteen essays commissioned by the institute, each exploring different ideas about cultural practice and the expanded ways in which design operates and has impact today.

The book includes interviews with and essays by a.o. Guus Beumer, Paul B. Preciado, Sam Jacob, Jussi Parikka and Simone C. Niquille

Design: Natasha Chandani, Ines Cox, Geoff Han, Ivan Martinez, Maureen Mooren, Julie Peeters, Maud Vervenne | Photography: Johannes Schwartz

Expansive Bodies: Contesting Design at Het Nieuwe Instituut

Today, design occupies an increasingly expansive field. Promoters argue that almost anything can be design. But by expanding its definition, design is no longer just about solutions and innovation, but often the root cause of problems and conflict. For museums that engage in the design world, such shifting ground poses an existential challenge. It is no longer enough to simply champion design professions, designers, and designed objects. One must instead deeply interrogate how design acts, to what end, and for whom.

Expansive Bodies is an account of the past eight years of institutional practice at Het Nieuwe Institute in Rotterdam, and its own attempt to come to terms with this shifting ground, which has produced a unique approach to framing, challenging and probing design. The book comprises an oral history of the institute as recounted by fifteen practitioners, an illustrated account of the institute’s exhibition history, and sixteen essays commissioned by the institute, each exploring different ideas about cultural practice and the expanded ways in which design operates and has impact today.

The book includes interviews with and essays by a.o. Guus Beumer, Paul B. Preciado, Sam Jacob, Jussi Parikka and Simone C. Niquille

Design: Natasha Chandani, Ines Cox, Geoff Han, Ivan Martinez, Maureen Mooren, Julie Peeters, Maud Vervenne | Photography: Johannes Schwartz

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