Knitting together the fabric of our world, seams hold together our infrastructure, repair our wounds, and connect us through visible and invisible networks. They alert us to the presence of former rifts, existing partitions, and opportunities for collective transformation. Seams describe the most essential and sometimes the most fragile parts of our reality.
By finding and developing seams, designers are empowered to repair, create, and differentiate. Seams are sites of healing, rending apart, folding, beginnings, and endings. Designers are tasked with bringing seams together, creating them, or bridging their gaps.
We hope to confront challenges by tugging at the seams. To drive our exploration, we assemble a diverse community of designers and organizers working to unravel structures of oppression and create new, exciting realities. We’re interested in how designing around junctures, wrinkles, and spaces between can shape radically reimagined futures.
In this talk, we are reminded of the reality that we are all stars in a deeply interconnected constellation, and have a responsibility to challenge the designs of status quo that were never created to affirm the wellbeing of humanity.
One of the intersections I will explore is the relationship between design and communities through the lens of socially engaged art. Art and design is a typical juxtaposition, but when looking at socially engaged art, there is a level of accountability that brings new insight to the table. By using Deem Journal, my publication, as an entry point, I will be examining what it means to create a design publication that is not meant for designers. How do you make theory tangible, and how do we move beyond the "fidelity trap" of design.
Kevin Wiesner and Lukas Bentel, the creative leads of Brooklyn-based collective MSCHF talk about how to use the tools of mass culture, pop, media and celebrity to push critical content.