July 29, 2010hkcommunity, designNo Comments

Design21 – A network for Social Design in partnership with UNESCO spanning Arts & Culture, Poverty, Well-Being, Communication, Education or Aid. A plattform for people and organizations dealing with with different, but overall ethically biased approaches towards Social Design. The networks mission is to inspire social activism through design. “Social change can happen through design!” […]

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July 29, 2010hkdiscourse, net art, social artNo Comments

“Der Traum einer Sache – Social Design zwischen Utopie und Alltag” was the title of an exhibition at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna lasting from 3.Nov – 12. Dec 2009. The interdisciplinary framework tried to fathom the contemporary concept of “Social Design” by means of discussions, historical roots, motivations and promises displaying artworks, theory […]

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July 29, 2010hknet art, social artNo Comments

The danish Artist FOS puts his emphasis on the processual in contemporary art, the artistic practice rather than the product. A dialogue of form and non-form occurs which question fixed rules and works towards the possibilities of new social hierarchies and meanings. Archtecture, space, environments shape societal life, but their understanding of Social Design aims […]

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Simulation / Dissimulation

July 29, 2010hksimulacraNo Comments

“We witness sublimation as a means of mimicry. The outcome is a subliminal camouflage that, by referencing the reference of a reference, eventually becomes some uncut simulacric compound.” – “The transition from signs that dissimulate something to signs that dissimulate that there is nothing marks a decisive turning point.” Aaron Moulton “Videodrome” / Jean Baudrillard […]

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Protesthandbuch / Handbook of Protest

July 28, 2010hkcultural hackingNo Comments

Unfortunately only available in German, Sandra Benz and Vera Warter created a beautiful cookbook for the postmodern counter-propaganda. Subversive, nicely crafted and very useful. A recommendation for those who think that their opinion should augment in range, but not by PR budget.

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July 28, 2010hkdiscourseNo Comments

“In Michel de Certeau’s seminal book The Practice of Everyday Life from 1984, he pinpoints behavioral strategies of contemporary man as a way to make us, the reader and ultimately the subject, become more self-reflexive about our procedures for social engagement, leisure and personal economy. One key concept is la perruque or “the wig,” a French expression that references the […]

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