»Things, Things, Things«

Dive into the material world and explore the power of things!

Our world is full of things: they are used, consumed, and thrown away, they are collected, arranged, presented and photographed. It’s safe to say: They influence our lives in many ways. Things are woven into social and cultural practices, they create relationships and play an important role in shaping our daily activities. More and more often things do not appear as passive objects but as actors: they change everyday processes, behaviour, habits and entire environments.

Explore the power of things & their design and develop alternative design possibilities

How powerful are everyday things? How do they affect our lives? And how can we be owned by material things? To answer these and more exciting questions, we will take a closer look at the things that surround us. You will get to know different, innovative methods to discover new aspects of familiar things – with the aim of developing an original and creative view on everyday things.

Especially for the design process it is important to know as many facets and effects of everyday things as possible. Accordingly, we will examine real things and their design, analyse their relevance and take a closer look at how they work. In doing so, we will also question the supposed passivity of objects and explore the role of design. You will discover exciting, unforeseen perspectives – which will help us to (re-)design things and develop original products.

With theoretical knowledge to practical design

During the workshop, we will read and write texts, explore objects of our everyday life in practical terms, discuss and try out different research and design methods. At the end of the course, you will have developed a flexible "design toolkit" that you can use at any time if you want to innovatively expand a design process or change and improve the design of everyday objects.

This course is open to Bachelor's students from the fields of design, art and cultural studies as well as all other interested parties who want to gain an initial insight into the topic.

Konstanze Wimmer | www.konstanzewimmer.at 

  • Product Design Studies at the Bauhaus University Weimar (Diplom-Designerin)
  • Studies of Media Culture and Art Theories at the University of Art and Design Linz, Austria (Master of Arts)
  • Several years working as a designer and online concepter in Berlin
  • Researches at the interfaces of art, culture and design theory
  • Teached in 2017 and 2018 at the University of Art and Design Linz in the department of Art History and art theory
  • Independent designer

+++ Course 2021 cancelled +++

Due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus in Europe and worldwide, this course will not take place in 2021.