Design in Krisis
Ben’s Masters thesis was entitled Design in Krisis. It examines design in economic crisis, and design’s changing role, from things to thinking. Ben uses the word Krisis to indicate a removal from the mediatised culture of crisis.
Designers must recognize this context, leaving design’s industrialised and capitalised history to become socially responsible. Foremost, as all design is political, designers may actively address ‘the political’ – to create situations which utilise plurality and agonism to confront choice.
In practice, designers should focus on sites of krisis – isolated places where krisis has an effect. Designers can avoid complicity by becoming cross bench practitioners; to create non-utopic heterotopias which embrace systemic complexity. This embraces the altermodern – to grow from cultures of resistance to propose alternatives.
The designer can become a radical political visionary.