This opportunity arises at a time when the field of design is enjoying a cultural spotlight: there is broad interest in how designers think and “solve problems”; there is a growing awareness of how “good” design impacts daily experiences; many post-secondary design programs are experiencing growth in student numbers as the field expands to include new domains of practice (user-experience design, interaction design, data visualization, game design). The discipline overall is optimistic, energized and growing.
And yet, it also comes at a time of increasing interest among practitioners and critics, to become more reflective of the ways in which design contributes to sustaining problematic social realities. For example, its role in perpetuating stereotypes; its role in normalizing forms of systemic oppression; its role in glamourizing products or processes that cause serious environmental harm; and a general perspective on aesthetics, form and beauty, that privileges a Eurocentric bias. Design has lots to think about and to account for. This desire to address design’s role in reproducing certain damaging and often unintended frameworks is seen in emergence of platforms like Decolonize Design (Sweden), Allied Media Conference (United States) and the ABCD Group (Canada).
Deadline to apply: May 15, 2017
Dates of Residency: September 2017 - February 2018
Location: School of Art, University of Manitoba
For more information on the residency and application process, visit http://umanitoba.ca/schools/art/idir.html