ADG Perspective

January-February 2019

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3 2 P E R S P E C T I V E | J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 R E S O U R C E S Best New Design Books B Y N I K K I R U D L O F F, A S S O C I A T E E D I T O R PROTEST: THE AESTHETICS OF RESISTANCE BY ZURICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS A timely publication, this book explores marginalized communities' practices of resistance and reflects on the past, present and future of protest. Slogans mark moments when dissent has been able to reach from the margins of society into its very center. Masterfully and creatively drawing on contemporary signs and symbols, subverting and transforming them to engender new aesthetics and meanings, the legendary moments of 20th-century protest opened up spaces that eluded control. Irony, subversion and provocation pricked small but palpable pinholes in the controlling systems of rule. This book takes a wide-ranging approach to the practice of protest, bringing together contributors from different disciplines and from around the globe. Social, historical, sociological and political-scientific perspectives play as much of a role in this publication as approaches that draw on image theory, popular culture, cultural studies and the arts. Simultaneously historical and contemporary, the book also explores such present-day developments as the virtualization of activism, the relationship of the virtual and the fictional, and the exploitation of these trends in politics by power-holders of all shades. VICTOR PAPANEK: THE POLITICS OF DESIGN BY MATEO KRIES, AMELIE KLEIN, ALISON CLARKE, VICTOR PAPANEK The designer, author and design activist Victor J. Papanek anticipated an understanding of design as a tool for political change and social good that is more relevant today than ever. This book presents an encompassing overview of Papanek's oeuvre, as well as his involvement in the fields of ecology, bionics, sustainability and anti-consumerism. Alongside essays and interviews discussing Papanek's relevance in his own era, this book also presents current perspectives on his enduring legacy and its influence on contemporary design theory. Original Papanek family photographs, art and design work, drawings, correspondence and countless materials from the Victor J. Papanek Foundation archive at the University of Applied Arts Vienna are reproduced here for the first time, alongside work by both Papanek's contemporaries and designers working today. HULU

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