Design for Social Intervention / Research Seminar

Friday 8 April 2016
RMIT University, Design Hub Pavilion 1, level 10

Designer and social activist Kenneth Bailey is founder of Boston’s Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI). Devoted to the improvement of civil society and everyday life, DS4SI operates at the intersections of design thinking and practice, social justice and activism, public art and social practice, and civic/popular engagement, designing and testing social interventions with and on behalf of marginalized populations, controversies, and ways of life. Kenneth will discuss a range of projects. PUBLIC KITCHEN asks the question, “If kitchens were public–like libraries, schools and basketball courts–how could it rearrange social life?” Moving away from spaces of charity like soup kitchens, which spatialise the idea that there are those who can afford to feed themselves and those who can’t, and moving away from schema of moral and political judgments built into the relationship of doing (or paying) for the other, Public Kitchen works to make space and “social room” for everyone. Other projects include the community engagement action MAKING PLANNING PROCESSES PUBLIC; a socially-engaged artists residency program the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC IMAGINATION; and GRILLED – an intervention seeking to defuse youth violence initiated by eye contact. Kenneth Bailey is currently a Visiting Scholar with UTAS University of Tasmania’s College of the Arts and Creative Exchange Institute.

Seminar co-presented by RMIT’s
CAST Centre for Art, Transformation & Society
Communication Design Program, School of Media and Communications
Pflab, School of Architecture & Design

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