Virtual Colloquium: Design in Times of Crisis

Donnerstags, 9.30-11.00 Uhr als Video-Konferenz

Prof. Gesche Joost
KM Emilia Knabe

Anmeldung bitte per Mail bis zum 22.04.2020 an Emilia Knabe

Photo Credits:
© Design Research Lab, Bianca Herlo

We are currently in the state of crisis – staring every morning at the numbers of newly infected people around the global, at the rising number of deaths, at the crash of the stock market and the economical prognosis of hard times lying ahead of us. The streets outside are empty, we spend hours in video conferences, lack social interaction with friends and family – and are exchanging manuals of how to build our own face masks or even lung ventilators. It will take some time for us to understand what is currently happening – and what the consequences will be on individual and societal level. Will we re-think globalization and the dependence of supply chains around the globe? Will we come to a new solidarity in Europe and beyond in times of crisis – focusing on common values and the grace of charity? Will we stop traveling for the sake of health – and climate? Will we ever shake hands again?

Due to the current situation, we are starting the first virtual semester at our university. Hence, we have to re-think our formats, the technology needed, the accessibility of the content and the interaction amongst us. We will take this opportunity to experiment and design something new – and reflect on the role of Design in Times of Crisis. Therefore, we want to invite great thinkers, scholars, designers and experts to reflect with us on the topic. How do you see the role of design, experiment and intervention in times of a global pandemic? How might we use design methods to cope with the crisis – for analysis, change, or disruption? What is your personal view – and your new daily routine?