'Design & Ethics', the focus of the biennial 2017 Papanek Symposium & Lecture organised by the Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts Vienna, draws on critical approaches of Austria-American émigré designer and educator Victor Papanek. In collaboration with the Austrian Embassy, London.

Questions of design and ethics take on a new currency, form and prescience in a post-industrial, ‘post-truth’ landscape. The technological shifts that have re-organised work through the automation of labour are intimately connected to global social problems relating to immigration, racial and gender politics. New classifications of intelligence, ‘artificial’, ‘alternative’ and ‘false’, are produced and consumed through the design and management of infrastructures of information. Meanwhile, new experts in algorithmic cultures, engineering and synthetic biology pursue the application of these forms of intelligence in medicine, security, health and social care as practical solutions to complex social problems.

Design and architecture occupy a powerful and precarious responsibility within this complexity, which goes beyond mere application and facilitation. The Papanek Symposium 2017 considers the deeply embedded social and political implications of design; a practice which can be so vulnerable to co-option and yet conversely so valuable as a form of dissent. It explores the unique position of design practice and research- contemporary, historical and anthropological-to address questions of ethics in design. Bringing academics and designers into dialogue, it aims to generate new ideas and critical thinking on the state of ethics in design and architecture today.

Venue: Austrian Embassy, 18 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PX

Directed by Alison J. Clarke

Organised by Leah Armstrong and Alison J. Clarke

Hosted by His Excellency Dr. Martin Eichtinger, Austrian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Austrian Embassy UK

22 September 2017

10.30-11.00 Registration

11.00-13.00 Session 1 Bio-Synthetics and Artificial Intelligence

Chair: Professor Chris Csíkszentmihályi, ERA Chair and Scientific Director, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Portugal.

Jan Boelen, Artistic Director Z33, House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium.

David Bruemmer, Roboticist and Co-Founder of 5D Robotics, San Diego, California.

Dr Bianca Elzenbaumer, Associate Professor in Design Research at Leeds College of Art and Co-Founder of Brave New Alps.

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Designer, Artist and Writer working with experimental synthetic biology, and its ethical implications, Royal College of Art, London.

13.00-14.30 Lunch break

14.30-16.30 Session 2 Algorithmic Cultures

Chair: Corinna Gardner, Acting Keeper, Design, Architecture and Digital, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Dr Orit Halpern, Associate Professor Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Dr Alison Powell, Assistant Professor and Programme Director of MSc Media and Communication, London School of Economics, London.

Matthias Tarasiewicz, New Media Artist and Technology Theorist, Co-Founder of the Research Institute for Arts and Technology, Vienna.

Professor Eyal Weizman, Architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and Director of Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.

16.30- 18.00 Reception

18.00-19.00 Papanek Lecture, Professor Eyal Weizman, Architect, Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures and Director of Forensic Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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