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NERD2GO Conference, 15 & 16 June 2018, HAWK Hildesheim, Germany

The Second Conference on New Experimental Research in Design HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts | Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen Faculty of Design | Renatastrasse 11 | 31134 Hildesheim, Germany Building A, Room E04 (Auditorium) 15 + 16 June, 2018, 11 a.m. After the overwhelming success of the first NERD conference, held last year at HBK Braunschweig, the second conference will take place in June (15 & 16) in Hildesheim, Germany: We want to present and discuss the quality, significance and versatility of young design research. This is important for the development of our societies, of research and of business and for a better understanding of what design research actually is and does, as well as for the unfolding of new prospects. Young design researchers from different countries will present their mind-broadening and pioneering work. Each presentation will take 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. The conference is open (and free) to the public at large: everyone is warmly invited to participate. We would, however, kindly ask you to register only if you are able …

Uta Brandes: “Gendered Spaces. On the Relevance of Gender in Design”, lecture, 13th June 2018, Technical University of Dortmund (Germany)

The point is to finally acknowledge that the category of gender is also important in the context of design: every product, sign and service we encounter in everyday life, be it by necessity or by choice, will always speak to us also in a gendered way. In our culture, in all areas of our everyday life and all the time, we are shaped by projections of femininity and masculinity. Our everyday life is full of designed artefacts and spaces, of which gender is a part as an essential constitutive and reactive element. Gender clichés and preconceptions may have become more subtle and, at times, less obvious in western societies today, but they have, by no means, been overcome. Using examples from history and from design projects, my lecture will “roam” around categories such as privacy and the public realm and their specific (in)accessibility from a gender perspective: the flâneur and the passante, the phenomenon of waiting in public spaces; hotels and office desks, and, finally, the handbag as a typically female-connoted, contradictory ‘space’ between intimacy …

Uta Brandes: “Places – Spaces – Gender”, lecture, 28th March 2018, HAWK Hildesheim (Germany),

Lecture, HAWK of Hildesheim (Germany), 28 March 2018: Places – Spaces – Gender. Undulations between the Interior and the Exterior Focusing on the different significance of a range of spaces with regard to their gender-related (in)accessibility. The talk will be about privacy and the public realm, about the city and the flâneur or the passante. Various projects will serve as examples to demonstrate how relevant the topic of gender is (also) in the context of design.

“PhD Winter School”, Hong Kong PolyU, 27 February – 3 March 2018

“PhD Winter School”, Hong Kong PolyU, 27 February – 3 March 2018: Uta Brandes has been invited to this year’s “Winter School” in Hong Kong. Here, the students and participating professors are given the opportunity to engage with scholars on their topics and research fields in a number of formats. Firstly, PhD students have to present their work to a number of respondents. Secondly, I will give a keynote lecture followed by discussions. The third format allows for smaller, seminar-based discussions between professors and students. Finally, a small publication is envisaged, to which each participant will contribute a text.

umbrella movement 2014

Hong Kong 2014: Umbrella Movement

When invited by the design department of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in October 2014, we immediately were brought into the center of the protest movement, known as “umbrella movement”. Unlike the protests starting in 2019, the umbrella movement was peaceful and full of phantasy, and lasted more than 3 months. And design (especially by PolyU students) played an important role. -> Flickr  

stupid design

Stupid Design

A project with students of the Köln International School of Design/KISD: research and award stupid public design. After having discussed about criteria for stupid design the students discovered many examples in just one Cologne neighbourhood. All were marked and awarded. – The Cologne TV station reported about this project.

German University Cairo 2008

Cairo 2008

After having been invited by the rectorate of the German University Cairo (GUC) already before in order to consult the design faculty, we came back to teach a design course. Like in most other universities in Egypt at least 80% of the students at GUC are female. (This is because boys deliberately are sent abroad for their studies, while girls have to stay at home with their parents.) Therefore the subject explicitly dealt with female matters: “Female Power”. Unlike the few mal participants the female students loved the project and were extremely innovative. – Here are some examples from that course.