This platform explores the social, economic, territorial, and geopolitical forces shaping design today. The department GEO–DESIGN acknowledges the legacy of industrial production as the fundamental source for the designer's expertise and agency in contemporary society while problematizing and addressing its historic contribution to environmental and social instability and its incompatibility with models of sustainable or even survivable futures. Students will develop research and communication tools to facilitate a deeper understanding of today's complex reality but most of all, to propose transformative interventions through design and its material, technical, social, and discursive possibilities.
The designer can be a critical agent in the global system, but their skill set and perspective must expand rapidly beyond isolated, self – referential processes. The GEO-DESIGN projects – DESIGN will be radically rooted in an expansive understanding of reality – but one that acknowledges how "real world" problems are easily reduced to briefs for well – funded design solutions with negligible benefit to their intended users. GEO–DESIGN assembles a framework of diverse knowledge – from material histories to cultural world – views, from humanism to ecology, from plant and animal rights to artificial intelligence, from the Earth's core to outer space. The programme of this department aims to dissect these complex entanglements, fostering a community of practitioners such as Designers, Architects, Artists but also talents with a background in human and scientific studies with curiosity and ambition towards design as a tool to develop an investigative practice and as an instrument to facilitate change. In GEO–DESIGN, trans – disciplinary collaboration is not only a way to increase the scale and depth of research, but an ethical position that respects the expertise, lived experience, skills, resources, or communal significance of individuals and institutions in other fields. These interrelations ask designers to address environmental responsibility, politics, inequality, and other issues arising from the design's complicity across multiple industries, communication networks, and aesthetic cultures. As a department, GEO–DESIGN will grow as an octopus, with a complex central consciousness and individual far – reaching tentacles. Students will build up new methodologies combining hands – on material techniques with innovative media formats, historical philosophy with urgent critical discourse, transparent collaboration with tactical subversion.
Whether individual or collective, research will be performed through multiple intersecting channels, including theoretical reflection, systematic but open – ended prototyping, and strategic communication. The programme will foster rigour, critical thinking, and communication skills across multiple forms of research – theoretical, applied and material – with the support of a variety of practitioners, known for their engagement of urgent themes and experimental methods. The team of mentors will include designers, architects and artists with research – based practices, as well as design curators and writers. Other disciplines and forms of expertise will be represented by lecturers and leaders of workshops and seminars.
Notes, References and External Links1. GEO‑Design is a two – year master's course at Design Academy Eindhoven lead by Formafantasma. This platform explores the social, economic, territorial, and geopolitical forces shaping design today.
2. Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) in the Netherlands, is one of the world’s leading design schools, recognised internationally for its forward – thinking and renowned professors and alumni.
Tutors 2020/2021Studio Folder
Lenneke Langenhuijsen / Buro Belén
Meredith Root – Bernstein
WorkshopsAlexandra Daisy Ginsberg
The Smell Laboratory
LiteratureWallpaper*, Formafantasma on GEO–Design and design education
Elledecor, A Master's degree in Geo-Design looks for questions before answers
Elledecor, Il Master in Geo–Design è il corso per imparare a farsi dell domane prima di dare le risposte
Circolo del design, Formafantasma pratica etica
Metropolis, Formafantasma Seeks to Redefine What Ecology Means in Today’s Complex Design World
Disegno daily, Formafantasma launch new Eindhoven masters programme
Dezeen, Dutch Design Week exhibition explores "complex networks" of junk
Design curial, Profile: Formafantasma
Dutch Design Week, Designer Dialogues: Formafantasma
Mousse Magazine, Design, Reset: Studio Formafantasma
Flash art, L’indissolubile Interconnessione tra le Specie: Formafantasma
Lampoon Magazine, Formafantasma – the biggest utopia of modernity
ICON, Formafantasma’s century – spanning exhibition Cambio takes a holistic view of wood exploitation
C41, C41 Questions On with Formafantasma: Life and Reactions after Covid – 19