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Design, Gestaltung, Formatività. Philosophies of Making (Birkhäuser 2022)

Book Presentation with Patricia Ribault and some authors of the book

What do the gestures of a neurosurgeon, a painter, an engineer, a craftsman or a biologist have in common? Based on the concepts of “Design”, “Gestaltung” and “Formatività”, this book takes a new look at the processes of formation and transformation of the material world we live in. Researchers in history, philosophy, psychology, media and cultural studies question the processes of giving form, while artists, designers, engineers and scientists describe their creative processes based on their own work. These “philosophies of making” invite us to think about what we do, what we can do and how to do it, but they also encourage us to spur into action. We will need all the ingenuity and rationality we are capable of to establish new relationships with matter and form.

Patricia Ribault is Professor of Performative Design Research at weißensee kunsthoschule berlin and Principal Investigator of the Cluster of Excellence "Matters of Activity. Image Space Material" at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is also a lecturer at Beaux-Arts de Paris.

The event is held in English.