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Stuart Walker, Imagination, Lancaster University - LICA Seminar Series 2009
Date: 17 June 2009 Time: 4.30pm
LICA Seminar Series 2009.
Speaker: Stuart Walker, Imagination, Lancaster University.
Venue: Lancaster University, Bowland North, Seminar Room 10.
Title: The Chimera Reified - Design, Meaning and the Post-Consumerism Object.
The Chimera Reified - Design, Meaning and the Post-Consumerism Object.
In this talk I will examine the roles and meanings of manufactured products within contemporary society, with a particular focus on consumer electronics. A brief overview of electronic products is given, in terms of their instrumental, social and socio-positional values, along with some of their social and environmental consequences. As part of a practice-based, research through design approach, a conceptual 'post-consumerism' electronic object is presented and its role within design inquiry is explained. Reflecting on this object leads to a consideration of change to address concerns linked to sustainability. Incremental changes are considered, but a case is made for more fundamental, systemic change by applying to electronic products a traditional form of interpretation, which reveals their deficiency within broader understandings of human meaning.
Event website: http://imagination.lancaster.ac.uk/people/stuart_walker/
Who can attend: Anyone
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