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GIDEST Presents: Between Critique and Creation



Research, Design, and Activism

Friday, October 4, 12-1:30pm
GIDEST Lab, 411, 63 Fifth Avenue

What does social and political work look like today? Designers work in government and on public issues, passionately organizing concerned publics and conducting participatory forums, often explicitly including underserved or historically marginalized groups. What are we to make of the ways in which designers have begun to shape the political? In its focus on problem articulation, design has long suggested that knowledge division along traditional disciplinary lines cannot address the complex wicked problems of our age. Is social scientific and design research incommensurable or can these two spheres benefit from each other’s methods and approaches? In this event, we will explore the process and goal of research in design and the social sciences. Bringing designers into conversation with social scientists, this discussion aims to shed light on what it means to do critical research in an age in which the problems toward which we turn our analytical eye habitually spill over the boundaries we set for ourselves and which are set for us in our professional practices. Between Critique and Creation is part of The Festival of New, which features extensive programming celebrating 100 years of the New School’s legacy.

Registration is required to attend this event. More information can be found here.


Shanti Mathew – Deputy Director of the Public Policy Lab, a non-profit that works at the intersection of human-centered design and public policy.

Pauline Gourlet – Interaction designer, researcher, and teacher, currently working at the United Nations as Data and Innovation Lead.

Barbara Adams – Sociologist whose interdisciplinary research looks at how knowledge is produced and political action is initiated through art and design projects.

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