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12. Design and Commons: A Lacanian Approach

Author: Dora Karadima

Published in: Design Commons

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

This article presents a literature review of the field of social sciences in connection with design theory, more specifically on the issue of collaboration. What we perceive as design today has undergone major changes, mostly in the ways it is expressed by visual and material means. But in the definition of a design ontology, one can trace some common characteristics. Transformation, among the most important of those characteristics, has always acted as core signifier within the various definitions of design practice and theory. With design today being more ubiquitous than ever, we see its contemporary expression acting in tangible ways, traced prominently in the service design field. This has the capacity for various levels of collaboration, which makes the notion central within design studies. Collaboration is also a near tautology to the activity of sharing, a core process of the commons. The commons has been proposed by many scholars as an alternative to capitalism in order to sustain our planet and the human race in general. Can design be linked with the commons? On what grounds? Lacanian psychoanalysis is proposed as an answer to the human tragedy, a tragedy that characterizes human beings and will probably continue to do so. It offers an interpretive mechanism and (complex) ways of operation of our psychic reality within humanity. This article ultimately is a proposal to connect these three seemingly unconnected fields, in that the core of their activity comprises human beings and their distinct existence in the world.
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Metadata
Title
Design and Commons: A Lacanian Approach
Author
Dora Karadima
Copyright Year
2022
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-95057-6_12