FUTURING

Feb 2012 FUTURING

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This is a practice applied against extant circumstances that diminish the finitudinal reach of human existence in order to redirect them so as to ‘make time’. As such it generative of, and gathers, a range of particular design practices that enable affirmative change which can negate forms of action, goods, systems and...

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ETHNOCIDE

Feb 2012 ETHNOCIDE

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Although the term was not created by Pierre Clastres it was given wider exposure by his publication in France in 1980 of the book Recerches d’anthropologie politique and then, a decade and a half later, in translation (by Jeanine Herman) as Archeology of Violence, New York, Semiotext(e), 1994. The term was actually coined by...

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CHRONOPHOBIA

Jan 2012 CHRONOPHOBIA

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 The term was given profile in 1978 by philosopher Bernd Magnus via his reading of Friedrich Nietzsche’s understanding of the human fear of time and investment in the illusion of permanence (Nietzsche’s Existential Imperative Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp, 190-95). As the global and subjective condition of...

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BRICOLAGE

Jan 2012 BRICOLAGE

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A material assemblage formed in specific cultural circumstances for a particular need; practical or symbolic. The concept was taken from common French usage (pottering around, doing ‘odd jobs’) and given the more specific meaning via anthropological discourse (see Claude Lévi-Strauss The Savage Mind London: Weidenfeld &...

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REDIRECTIVE PRACTICE

Jul 2011 REDIRECTIVE PRACTICE

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“‘Redirective practice’ has three areas of focus: adaptation in face of what has to change to counter the unsustainable; the elimination of what threatens sustainment by designing ‘things’ away; and prefiguration, which is designing in order to redirectively deal with what is coming.” Tony Fry, Design Philosophy Papers...

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THE ONTOLOGY, THE ONTIC and ONTOLOGICAL

Jul 2011 THE ONTOLOGY, THE ONTIC and ONTOLOGICAL

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“Ontology means “of or belonging to the understanding of being.” Put extremely simply, ontic refers to what is; ontology refers to enquiry of what is, while ontology refers to the condition or behaviour of what is”. Anne-Marie Willis Design Philosophy Papers Collection Three, Ravensbourne: Team D/E/S Publications, 2007,...

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