9th Jun 2015 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Internationalising Design History research cluster (IDH) presents
Is there an ethical role for the history of design? Redeeming through history the possibility of a humane world
The lecture will explore an ethical role for the history of design in the emerging 'epoch of the artificial'. Arguing that we are experiencing today a fundamental sea-change in the conditions of existence—the onset of the artificial as the horizon, medium and prime condition of existence, in a word, of the world-as-artificial (what in science is increasingly labelled as the Anthropocene)—the lecture looks both retrospectively at this development (the 60 or 70-year transition towards the artificial that we can see beginning c.1945–1955) but focuses more on the [collective] task now set us to understand what this shift means, what it changes, what it opens towards.
Its third and more particular dimension (in terms of this field) is to begin to ask what of history, and especially the history of design, in this context. A subtext of the lecture is the question of how thought, and in particular history and more particularly the history of design can be thought of as a 'redemptive' activity. Is there, indeed, an ethics of historical work?
Clive Dilnot is Professor of Design Studies at Parsons School of design, The New School, New York. Clive has worked on the history, theory and criticism of the visual arts in their broadest terms. Although his teaching and writing has focused on design history, criticism and theory, his scholarship includes the study of ethics—a subject he addressed in his book Ethics? Design? published in 2005—and the role of design capabilities in creating a humane world.
Attendance is free but booking is required.
Please email Kathy Steeden to book a place.
For more information about IDH visit: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/research/design-art-history/idh