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Call for participation

We would be very excited to meet you and we are looking forward to productive discussions, planning, and brainstorming. The working group will meet on Wednesday, November 2 at 1:30 pm. We are asking that all attendees present their work in no more than 10 minutes. Your brief presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of question and answer.

I would like to highlight again the objectives of the Cumulus “Design and Migration” working group: building a network among peers aiming at creating and sharing knowledge within the disciplines of art, design, and media through discussions and exchanges around existing and new research, experiences, and projects related to the topic.

According to your different school profile and methodology, the working group could also aim to produce:
– Strategic plan for future common or individual initiatives
– Online repository of case studies on the topic of Design and Migration
– An ad-hoc communication channel/platform for all members
– Working group publications

It you have time, please fill out this brief form. This information will help us prepare for the workshop; it will also provide the groundwork for a database of likeminded scholars and researchers and the projects they are working on. We hope to share this database with the working group members, as well as with the Cumulus Community.

Design and Migration – Fostering hospitality and conviviality through art, design, and media

Since at least the 18th century, political, social, environmental, and economic instability and subsequent wars have displaced populations seeking employment, safety, and social mobility. Today that pattern continues in greater force than ever. Statistics show that there are currently 65 million people who have been forced from their homes, and over one-third of them are considered refugees. With this in mind, how might communities, cities, and citizens engage with the large-scale flow of humans? What would it look like for people to co-create an environment that acknowledges and draws on invisible networks, transnational private interests, and growing inequalities? What can design contribute to the co-creation of a more convivial and sustainable future?

This working group will look at how newcomers have been integrated into local communities through formal and informal structures and institutions but also investigate how past migrations have forged today’s society. It will propose ways in which systems, products, and services might develop a culture of community-building, coexistence, and inclusivity. In this scheme, refugees, immigrants, and transitory populations are no longer considered as a burden but rather contribute to their own wellbeing, to the urban environments they inhabit, and to the overall improvement of society.

Building on the experiences and projects of its members, the group will delineate lessons, patterns, and generalized knowledge, while also seeking opportunities for future collaboration. By addressing the central question of how we can co-design convivial communities, the group will address larger concerns in design history and theory about cultural values, ethics, participatory methodologies, and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) infrastructures.

Time: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022, 1:30 pm -3:00 pm EST (Detroit time)
Onsite: Room 1136, the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. Address: 460 W Baltimore Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Online: Zoom link, Meeting ID:436 036 4889, Code:389075. Free access to Cumulus members.

COORDINATOR: Anna Bernagozzi, [email protected], ENSAD, France
Alexia Venot, the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (ENSAD), France

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