Currently we see the rise of critical concepts and discourses like social design, speculative design or transformation design, a trend that is extending beyond the arts and applied sciences.
All this should not come as a surprise to critical theory as the global complex now is inherently defined by multi-modal production, heterological operational stacks, and — not least — an ever increasing 'cognitive load' of the everyday as complex global systems are effective across scales and domains.
The rationale of design is cutting through the departmental logics of humanities, arts and 'applied sciences' and other extra-academic praxeologies thus being in line with an ever denser transversality of human realities. In this situation design presenting a distinct mode of 'theory' has become one of the new contenders for doing operational, interventionist and — sometimes — critical reflexive engagement.
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On this background we ask: halle berry dating cyborg social change be 'designed' within an y emanicpatory approach of the social? And: should it?
And: what does this even mean if seen from the perspective of a critical transversal politics and theory refusing 'designed politics' as much as the 'designed' mechanisms of current-day subsumption — whether by capitalist or statist machines, technoid enviro-systems, the harvesting-protocols of 'social' media, expanded imagineering industries For a moment we are stopping short of a full-blown repudiation of the new 'ideology of design' which seems to be sweeping global discourse.
Instead we will be asking about the meaning or implication of a broader, more fundamental notion of 'design' referencing any 'strategic approach for someone or some collectivity to achieve a specific expectation' — Is there a way to include any understanding or notion of 'design' — as intentful, preconceived, planned, coordinated, and reflexive shaping — in relation to our shared social structures and longed-for trans- collective futures?
If so, can such a re-fracted notion of design be seen as a contribution in the project of reassessing terms of critical contemporary theory or ring kennenlernen humanities'?
As such it would also be inherently resistant to logics of systemic control, prediction, manipulation and the delusions of instrumental und idealist 'solutionism'.