Designing the Cultural Commons
Collectively explore alternative values, approaches and modes of production for design through the lens of the Commons: an emerging field of study that offers new models for sharing resources, values, spaces and wealth. Tutors and students from the MA ‘Designing the Cultural Commons’ will introduce a range of methods and techniques that can be applied to your own work.
Light refreshments will be provided throughout the course, however please note that lunch is not provided.
Please also bring in one everyday object that is important to you on Day 1.
How can we use dialogue and participation to identify the needs of potential users of a design? Led by tutor Holloway, this discussion-based workshop introduces methods to collectively navigate and understand user-needs and key considerations in developing new work.
Miki is an artist who makes in dialogue developing our understanding of collaboration and solidarity with an ethics of care.
What are the multiple values that everyday objects hold for us? Using objects from the home as a case-study, in this drawing workshop participants will assess and map-out the different meanings and roles that objects hold for us, creating a shared cartography of the symbolic values that inform design.
Please bring along an everyday object that is important to you for this part of the course.
Lucy is a socially engaged artist interested in ideas of making collaboratively exploring role of things and objects in society.
What alternative modes of production exist? This workshop introduces and imagines different forms of production for the cultural commons. Factors considered include wealth re-distribution, environmental sustainability and ethical production methods.
Alice Holloway is a lingerie designer that investigates regenerative fashion practice, healthy body narratives, and creative post-growth business models.
What is the role of land in creating the commons and what are the first steps required to achieve it? This final workshop explores the functions of land and architecture in creating a cultural commons, introducing tools to map-out multiple uses and translate these into tangible actions to take forward.
Neil is founding director of Stour Space and HWFI Community Development Trust. He is interested in claiming of land for community and cultural use.
Torange Khonsari is Co-Founder and Director of art and architecture practice Public Works, an interdisciplinary practice combining performative art, architecture, anthropology and politics. Torange also leads the Design for Cultural Commons Masters at The Cass. She has previously taught at international universities such as UMA School of Architecture in Sweden and UIC Barcelona, Guildhall, and the RCA.