Uncreative Design

Namita Devadas

Reading Responses / Reading Responses Week 11

1 ‘(Not to architects: You thought that you could ignore Junkspace, visit it surreptitiously, treat it with condescending contempt or enjoy it vicariously…because you could not understand it, you’ve thrown away the keys…But now your own architecture is infected, has become equally smooth, all-inclusive, continuous, warped, bus, atrium-ridden…)
 Is Junkspace inevitable? Can we truly disengage from today’s way of appropriating and remixing that follows this notion of constant change?
2 Is Junkspace a postive or negative phenomenon? Does it matter to qualify it?
3 “Change has been divorced from the idea of improvement. There is no progress; like a crab on LSD, culture staggers endlessly sideways…”
Is it important to have a directional progression? Is improvement really not something we strive for?

Reading Responses / Reading Responses Week 10

Steve mentioned that copyright laws don’t apply to building blocks.
Can we justify copyright infringement by today’s standards of the information age, where everything is data/building block?
“Taken from this angle, what exactly is postmodernism, except modernism without the anxiety?”
How far does copyright laws appease fear/anxiety? Does it boil down to our fear and anxiety of letting go of our ego/identity?
“The cold, undead hand of one of my childhood literary heroes had reached out from its New Hampshire redoubt to arrest my present-day curiosity.”
Are copyright laws a way to preserve the past? To go against copyright laws are we able to revive old ideas through new forms?
Are copyright laws similar to border controls? Is it a way to distinguish cultures and identities?

 

Reading Responses, Uncategorized / Reading Responses Week 8

1.”such a collection of ephemeral treasure is an example of how we find the things that tell us who we are…”
Are collections created for ourselves or for others?
2. “A collection is usually an attempt to somehow take hold of the world around us, to control at least a few of its parts.”
What is the difference between the act of collection with the act of preservation?
3. Does there need to be a common thread tying the objects together in a collection?

Reading Responses / Reading Responses Week 7

“As we build our tools our tools build us.”marshall macluhan
How far can we agree with this statement?
How far is a mediator both a means and an end? Can we clarify this relationship?
“Consider things, and you will have humans. Consider humans and you are by that very act interested in things.” What is the distinction between human and things?

 

Reading Responses / Reading Responses Week 6

How far do you need to ‘submit’ to your process to acheive a chance operation?
 Does order really emerge from chaos?
 How far can some variables in a chance operation be controlled?

Uncategorized / Reading Responses Week 5

1) Is there a distinction between how authorship is dealt with in Design vs. Fine Arts?
2) In response to Lupton and Abbotts’ “…a romantic theory of self-expression.” versus the Crystal Goblet theory…How is Design in the context of art school different from design out in the ‘real world’? Is there a difference? Should there be a difference?
3) Is Design more powerful when the author is acknowledged or when the author is invisible?

 

Reading Responses / Reading Responses Week 4

1)Copying is a means to decode and understand, a way to process. How far can we call this process art?
2)Does this sort of making have to exist within a certain context?
3)How does Uncreative Design/Writing coexist with other modes of writing/making?

Reading Responses / Reading Responses Week 3

1) Goldsmtih speaks of constant change as empowering and that subcultures instigate change. How do we reconcile with the ambiguiety of subculture and mainstream culture?
2) How important is it to have a stable identity? Do we value a stable identity? If so, why? If not, why?
3) Are the ‘clothes’ we wear significant to our identity? Can we hold people or content accountable to the ‘clothes’ they are cloaked in?

 

Uncategorized / Reading Response Week 3

1) Goldsmtih speaks of constant change as empowering and that subcultures instigate change. How do we reconcile with the ambiguiety of subculture and mainstream culture?

 

2) How important is it to have a stable identity? Do we value a stable identity? If so, why? If not, why?

 

3) Are the ‘clothes’ we wear significant to our identity? Can we hold people or content accountable to the ‘clothes’ they are cloaked in?

Response Week 2 /

1. “Data is not information until it becomes available to potential consumers of that information.” The statement seems to speak of digesting information to make it palatable for a specified audience. How far does the act of remixing fully ‘digest’ information for the specified audience to understand?

2. Furthermore, we may remix content with a specified audience in mind, but in our day and age we are creating for a diverse audience. When recreating and remixing, how do we consider the expectations of a diverse audience?

3. “Language works on several levels, endlessly flipping back and forth between the meaningful and the material.” Do we need to give value to content over context and vice-versa?

4.Does honesty in our intentions make plagiarism ok?