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Is Appropriation a dirty word or an important design tool?
Starting the design process with an empty plate and then filling the plate is an illogical way to practise design. Yet the obsession with the new and the desire for design to be expressed in resolved solutions means the design process often follows this logic.
Appropriation in art has been practised for years but appropriation in design can be seen as a dirty word and is often linked to plagiarism or copying. But appropriation is an important tool for all designers. There are two specific meanings of appropriation when applied to design. Appropriation as a designer – using pre-existing objects / forms and systems and altering their meaning through changing their context. Appropriation as a user of design – using a product in a way that was not foreseen by the designer.
In this talk, Paul will unpack why he believes appropriation in design is more necessary now than ever.
Thursday, 11th May
6pm for 6.30pm start
The Provincial Hotel
299 Brunswick Street
About Paul Marcus Fuog
Paul Marcus Fuog is highly regarded for his work that intersects the space between art and design.
In 2004, he founded the design studio U-P (formerly Coöp) which has become one of Australia’s most celebrated. Paul has been commissioned to create design projects by The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, Broached Commissions, The Victorian Government, Major Projects Victoria, Monloglo Group, Aesop and The City of Melbourne.
Paul’s insights and knowledge are sought after by both academia and industry. From 2011-2014 he was a sessional lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne and is a speaker on the international design conference circuit: in 2013 he was a Semi-Permanent keynote speaker in New Zealand; in 2012 an AGIdeas International Design Week keynote speaker and in 2011 DIA keynote speaker in Brisbane. In 2015 he was engaged to run workshops for The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City and OTIS in Los Angeles.
Paul is a founding member of Field Experiments, a nomadic collective that explores other cultures and people through design and collaborative making. In 2015 Paul’s work for Field Experiments was nominated for the Design of the Year by the Design Museum in London. The quality and innovation of Paul’s work has been widely recognised and has been published in international design reference books by leading publishing houses including Phaidon and Gestalten. Paul’s work has been shown at Design Museum London, Melbourne’s RMIT Design Hub, Ventura Lambrate in Milan, New York Design Week, Tokyo’s Gallery Festa and at Breda’s Graphic Design Festival.