Welcome to the International conference „Realism in Design“

May 18 – 20, 2017 Dusseldorf, Germany
Hosted by Hochschule Düsseldorf

The conference will explore the consequences of the return to realism for the practice and theories of design and designers. Is design primarily realistic or antirealistic? Is it the subjective opposite, which has been added to the objective reality?

For quite some time, one has been able to observe a return to realism in several academic disciplines. During a recent reorientation of the humanities, realism and materialism became important keywords in the intellectual discourse. There is now talk of speculative or new realism and transcendental or dialectical materialism. This return to realism and materialism is a reaction to the so-called “correlationism” (Quentin Meillasoux), which started with Kant right up to the development of phenomenology, hermeneutics, poststructuralism, and deconstruction and which has dominated the intellectual discourses of modernity and postmodernity. Correlationism is based on the assumption that the world is fundamentally dependent on human thinking and discourse. The newly arising return to realism, on the other hand, endorses the idea that the world exists beyond subjective mediation. It focuses on a reality that is not primarily culturally, linguistically, or historically codified.

With that said, we plan to investigate realism in design. The main question of the conference will be which consequences this return to realism can have for the practice and theories of design and designers. Further questions are: Is design primarily realistic or antirealistic? Is it the subjective opposite, which has been added to the objective reality? Or does design have to orient itself to reality and, in doing so, is already part of objective reality? Is there a realism in design? And if so what can it look like?

We plan an international and interdisciplinary conference with the most important figures of this new realism and materialism. Additionally, important scholars from the fields of design, art history, and media sciences will participate in the conference. The conference languages are German and English. Afterwards conference proceedings will be published, and the conference papers will be published in a book.

Presenters

Slavoj Žižek (Ljubljana, London)
Markus Gabriel (Bonn)

Juliane Rebentisch (Offenbach)
Dieter Mersch (Zürich)
Todd Cronan (Emory)
Maurizio Ferraris (Turin)
Stefan Asmus (Düsseldorf)
Reinhold Görling (Düsseldorf)
Adrian Johnston (New Mexico)
Hyun Kang Kim (Düsseldorf)
Marc Rölli (Leipzig)
Ludger Schwarte (Düsseldorf)
Gerhard Schweppenhäuser (Würzburg)
Aida Bosch (Erlangen-Nürnberg)

live art performance by Jens Kabisch

Date: 18.5. – 20.5.2017

Place: Hochschule Düsseldorf, Campus Derendorf, Building 4, Münsterstraße 156, 40476 Düsseldorf

Preliminary Program

Thursday, 18.5.

13:00 registration
13:30 Short welcoming speech by the president of the university (Grass)
13:40 Short welcoming speech by the dean of design faculty (Asmus)
13:50 Introduction (Kim)

14:00 Markus Gabriel (Bonn): “New Realism without Reality and the Case of Imaginary Objects“
15:00 Maurizio Ferraris (Turin): “Design as emergence“

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30 Juliane Rebentisch (Offenbach): t.b.a.
17:30 Ludger Schwarte (Düsseldorf): “Eine realistische Sicht auf die Architektur“

18:30-20:00 Drinks and live art performance (by Jens Kabisch) in the foyer

Friday, 19.5.

12:00 Marc Rölli (Leipzig): “Mikro-Design oder die Immanenz der Relationen“
13:00 Todd Cronan (Emory): “Speculative Guilt: Nelson, the Eameses and Objects“
14:00 Adrian Johnston (New Mexico): “Western Marxism’s Self-Critique: Georg Lukács’s Final Ontological Verdict“

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30 Hyun Kang Kim (Düsseldorf): t.b.a.
16:30 Dieter Mersch (Zürich): “Materialität und Widerstand. Einige kritische Bemerkungen zu neuen Realismen“

17:30-18:00 Coffee break

18:00 Evening Talk – Slavoj Žižek (Ljubljana, London): “Design between Realism and the Real”

Saturday, 20.5.

10:00 Reinhold Görling (Düsseldorf): “Vom basalen Realismus des Designs“
11:00 Aida Bosch (Erlangen-Nürnberg): “Warum ist nicht alles schon verschwunden? Zum Realitätsgehalt der Interaktionen zwischen Dingen und Menschen“

12:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00 Gerhard Schweppenhäuser (Würzburg): “Überlegungen zum »Realismus« im Kommunikationsdesign“
15:00 Stefan Asmus (Düsseldorf): t.b.a.

Organization committee

Hyun Kang Kim, Janna Lichter, Stefan Schmidt

Contact

Hyun Kang Kim, hyunkang.kim@hs-duesseldorf.de
Janna Lichter, janna.lichter@gmail.com
Stefan Schmidt, stefan.schmidt@hs-duesseldorf.de

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