The Institute for Critical Theory of the Zurich University of the Arts organises this symposium, which will take place from 20-21 November 2009 in Zurich.
Garden table by Marcel Breuer, from „Über Möbel": ein Streifzug durch das Archiv der Embru-Werke 1928-1943 / Peter Lepel and Oliver Spies S.43, Embru-Werke Rüti ZH, 2001
Furniture in works of art or design – objects and their social relations
The symposium aims to explore current trends in the relation between furniture in art and design. In both disciplines furniture is often presented in installations, making it part of the the art or design “work”. In the area of design, a potential viewer becomes even more important than the user. The appearance of furniture reveals more about its production history or visual associations than about the object’s practical use. Although artists like Jorge Pardo produced functional furniture in the 1990s, a younger generation of artists, like Martin Boyce, seem to be exploring visual options of possible uses rather than making actual furniture. This seems not to affect the notion that an artwork is predominantly a visual phenomenon. Lectures and discussions will revolve around the mutual influences between the concept of a work of art and that of a work of design in contemporary culture, taking into account their philosophical and sociological consequences.
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Addictlove by Tom Burr
A research project at the Institute for Theory at Zurich’s University of the Arts looks at current furniture works involving design and art.
Design and art
Ever since the modern concept of the autonomy of art created the necessity of dividing the two areas more than 100 years ago, designers and artists have again and again adopted each other’s design and production concepts. Today this practice can increasingly be observed in the structure of exhibitions, methods of production and sales channels.
do hit by Marjin van der Poll, 1999
However, with the existing differences in the ways these two disciplines see themselves and the debates taking place in the fields of art and design it does not appear useful simply to call for these borders to be broken down. On the contrary, in this project the all-inclusive research approach is applied to the examination of a modified concept of function within design, art theory and sociology, as well as their current relationship with the things that are created.
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