Socially and politically engaged design today
– critical roles and emerging tactics
DESIGN ACT is a project highlighting and discussing contemporary design practices that engage with political and societal issues. It traces current and historical tendencies towards design as a 'critical practice' that engages ideologically and practically in these issues. WHAT are examples of these movements? WHERE does it happen and in what contexts? HOW does it happen and what does it take?

DESIGN ACT is an experimental project that explores methods of identifying, presenting and discussing examples of design and architectural practice. It has been operating through an international network of contributors, an emerging online archive and a series of public events. The aim has been to develop a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience among practitioners and for interdisciplinary and public discussion.

DESIGN ACT is initiated and produced by Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual Arts, in collaboration with the Interactive Institute. READ MORE
  30 SEPTEMBER 2011DESIGN ACT Book Launch at EXD'11 Lisbon
Iaspis invits you to a book launch at EXD'11 in Lisbon.
30 September, 6-8 pm
Venue: EXD'11 Lounging Space
Antigo Tribunal da Boa-Hora
Lisbon, Portugal
Presentation by Magnus Ericson and Ramia Mazé (book editors)
Panel discussion with Joseph Grima, Meike Schalk (contributors to the book) and Lisa Rosendahl (Iaspis director)
Moderator: Annika Enqvist (project co-ordinator, Iaspis)
The DESIGN ACT book is produced by Iaspis in collaboration with the Interactive Institute, co-published by Sternberg Press in 2011. Editors: Magnus Ericson and Ramia Mazé

Texts featuring: Ana Betancour, Otto von Busch, Mauricio Corbalan, Pelin Derviş, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, Magnus Ericson, Joseph Grima, Peter Lang, Yanki Lee, Tor Lindstrand, Natasha Marie Llorens, Helena Mattsson, Ramia Mazé, Ou Ning, Doina Petrescu, Meike Schalk, Christina Zetterlund
16 JUNE 2010Seminar 4: Platforms
Participants: Claire Catterall (UK), Régine Debatty (BE), Joseph Grima (IT/US), Ramia Mazé and Magnus Ericson (SE)
Moderator: Staffan Lundgren (SE)
Venue: Iaspis, Konstnärsnamnden, Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm
12 DECEMBER 2009Lectures and Dialogue: Design Pre/Occupations
Participants: Peter Lang (US) and Fiona Raby (UK)
Moderator: Ramia Mazé
Venue: Iaspis, Konstnärsnmnden, Maria skolgata 83, Stockholm
24 OCTOBER 2009Seminar 3: Design at Stake
Participants: Ben Singleton (UK), Thérèse Kristiansson & Annika Enqvist / New Beauty Council (SE)
Panel guests: Martin Avila (SE/AR) and Sara Backlund (SE)
Moderator: Ramia Mazé
Venue: Iaspis, Konstnãrsnamnden, Stockholm, Sweden
11 SEPTEMBER 2009Seminar 2: at ExperimentaDesign '09 Lisbon
Presenters: Ana Betancour (SE), Otto von Busch (SE), Tor Lindstrand (SE), Helena Mattsson (SE)
Panel guests: Emily Campbell (UK), Joseph Grima (US)
Moderators: Ramia Mazé, Magnus Ericson
Venue: EXD’09 Lounging Space, Palácio Braamcamp, Patio do Tijolo 25, Lisbon, Portugal
9 SEPTEMBER 2009DESIGN ACT at ExperimentaDesign '09 Lisbon
Iaspis invites you to an installation, live interviews, and seminar at ExperimentaDesign ‘09.
Seminar participants: Ana Betaricour, Otto von Busch, Tor Lindstrand, Helena Mattsson
Moderators: Ramia Mazé, Magnus Ericson
Panel discussion with international guests
Venue: EXD’09 Lounging Space, Palácio Braamcamp, Patio do Tijolo 25, Lisbon, Portugal
Installation: 9 September — 8 November
Live interviews: 10 September, 12AM — 8PM
Seminar: Friday 11 September, 2.30—8 PM
15 JUNE 2009Lecture: Liza Fior
Participants: Liza Fior / muf
Moderator: Ramia Mazé
Venue: Marabouparken Auditorium, Allen 9, Sundbyberg, Sweden
29 MAY 2009Lecture: UnSworn Industries
Participants: UnSworn / Erik Sandelin and Magnus Torstensson
Moderator: Ramia Mazé
Venue: Flygeln, Norrköping, Sweden
26 MAY 2009Seminar 1: Design in service
Participants: Camilla Andersson (SE), Yanki Lee (UK), and Erlend Blakstad Haffner (NO)
Moderators: Ana Betancour, Ramia Mazé
Venue: Iaspis, Konstnärsnämnden, Stockholm, Sweden
Free admission