Interrogative Design: Animating Monuments
The course will focus on the ways in which designers and artists can help the \”entrenched in the past\” monuments to become enlivened for the living- be relevant, meaningful and critically useful in the present. In search for an innovative response to such a task, the course participants may consider adaptation, invention and development of various kinds of equipment, instruments implements, and media interface, propose and test architectural/sculptural installations, performative actions, events etc. in their design explorations and experiments. The word \”monument\” my be understood in many ways: as an un-animated structure, as a person or as a social group that immersed in a melancholic (often postraumatic) condition remains in a state of \”freezing of the failure situation\” (Winnicott) or exists as \”the living monument to her or his (or their) own trauma\” ( Herman). Blank facades and blind eyes of lofty civic monuments face the speechless and estranged residents living in their shadows, on their steps and under their feet. The city monuments and the city residents seem to be in need to be animated, even re-animated. In this way, the art of animating monuments may include the animation of ourselves as existential and political subjects, the reactualization and critical mobilization of built symbolic structures among which we live, and of developing our more conscious and meaningful relation to them. This workshop-seminar will be based on development of projects supported by readings discussions and reviews as well as a response and input from guest consultants and critics.