Defining design 1907-1967: inventing a political economy of design – Wednesday 19 August – Christopher Thompson
This talk looks at the emergence of design as an economic and political issue and argues that the reason the discourse of design, and more specifically modernist design, emerged in the twentieth century was because of the way it was employed by the state as a mechanism to increase productivity and engender trade.
Dr Christopher Thompson is a design historian. His PhD (Brighton) explored the invention of industrial design councils in Great Britain and New Zealand. Earlier research has investigated the political economy of ceramic production in New Zealand. In 2008 he was contributor to Objectspace's publication Clay Economies
Objectspace Lectures Venue
All Lectures: 6.15pm at AUT Lecture Theatre WS 114. S Block, St Paul Street. (Just along from St Paul St Gallery) AUT campus maps available here. Free Admission.