Hunting for Ghosts of pasts and futures in Design haunted by Progress

  • Patil, M. (Speaker)
  • Maria Göransdotter (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkSocietal


The idea of ‘progress’ is deeply embedded in ways of doing and educating design, in design outcomes, and in the ways that ideals and norms that shape lives and societies. The values that are laid forth and that manifest in this understanding of ‘progress’ are legacies of Western Industrialization, propped up by the colonial project. While seldom explicitly articulated, these ideas and practices of ‘progress' take on a ghostly presence in design, haunting us as we try to find ways of doing, undoing, making, unmaking and thinking design otherwise. Through this talk and workshop we searched for examples of how and where the ghosts of progress in design appear to haunt us, whether they show themselves clearly or whether we only can catch the faintest glimpse.
In the talk and workshop, we began hunting for other ghosts, that we wish to invite to better haunt us in design: the people and practices that have gone before us. In particular, the talk focused on practices, places, designers, and design knowledge producers that have rarely been considered or given little or no attention in mainstream north European design history.
Period31 Oct 2023
Event titleSociety 5.0
Event typeConference
LocationAmsterdam, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational