With its particular consideration of the fact that all aspects of everyday life are designed, design research reveals an astounding ability to discuss current economic, social, environmental and media-related processes. This kind of design research, when intelligently implemented, also provides a fundamental critique of design as well as a variety of possible perspectives to better understand the present and prospects for the future.
Following the World Design Expo in Nagoya, this exhibition by the German Design Council, whose then-director was Michael Erlhoff, was shown at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. Exhibition design: Wolfgang Laubersheimer. Photo gallery Designed in Germany
In 1980, the annual meeting of “Internationales Künstler-Gremium/IKG“ (International Artists Committee), which had been founded by Joseph Beuys, took place in Hanover. In the same year, Uta Brandes and Michael Erlhoff organised a reading of experimental literature at the Sprengel Museum with the title „New Poetry“. On this occasion, one also convened at the home of Uta and Michael, which, at the time, was located on 26 Warmbüchen Street in Hanover.
In 1978, S.J. Schmidt, Klaus Ramm and Jörg Drews, professors at the then newly founded Bielefeld University, invited all German-speaking writers from the field of concrete and visual poetry to come to Bielefeld for a discussion and public reading. In the first year, the event took place in a guesthouse of the university; later on, it was held in ‘Haus Neuland’, located in a forest near Bielefeld. This was very good because, for three days, the focus was essentially on talking to each other – and these talks were very intensive indeed: some of the participants (for example Ernst Jandl) dared to present radically new approaches and were at times faced with severe criticism, which was, however, accepted favourably. The public reading took place at the Bielefeld Art Hall, attracting a large audience.