friction atlas. making authority visually and physically discernible in public space

design issues

mit press

because of the importance of the role and embodiment of the designer/artist in making publics, this special issue draws attention to reflexive practices in art & design, and questions how these practices can be embedded in the formations and operations of publics and design practices. more specifically, the special issue aims to explore the following questions: how do the designer/artist create and maintain publics? how do we accommodate differences in these agonistic spaces? what is the role of the designer/artist in these contexts? how can we understand the tension between artistic control in speculative design and empowerment in participatory design?

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