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Design for Difference – Empathy, Agonism and Pluralism

This project was run with MA Industrial Design students at Central Saint Martins in 2012 and sought to explore the role of design in relation to ‘agonistic space’. It asks […]

This project was run with MA Industrial Design students at Central Saint Martins in 2012 and sought to explore the role of design in relation to ‘agonistic space’. It asks the designer, not to seek to resolve ‘wicked’ design scenarios but rather to look for ways to facilitate, accommodate and articulate ‘difference’, not just philosophically and politically but also in terms of physical designs (design devices), and the design strategies embodied within them. Mouffe (2007) suggests such activity “can play an important role in the hegemonic struggle by subverting the dominant hegemony and by contributing to the construction of new subjectivities.”

Mouffe, C. (2007). Artistic Activism and Agonistic Spaces. Art and Research, 1 , no. 2 (2007). Between Ethics and Politics.