Tutors: Rob Eales
with guest appearances by Ceri Hann

Timetable: Tuesday 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Location: 009.02.016

This course looks at how ideas about absurdity intersect and interact with design thinking, design practice and design methods to develop other ways of thinking about and doing design.

As designers we are expected to work rationally and reasonably. However, there are other ways to design and by shifting our viewpoint and considering the absurd we can develop alternative ways of designing and other ideas about the practice and roles of designers.

During the course we’ll look at how ideas about absurdity, e.g. considering ‘absurd’ projects from inside and outside of design, can intersect and interact with design thinking, design practice and design methods to develop other ways of thinking about and doing design.

We’ll also use methods, tools and workshops to explore the ideas discussed in the course and how to develop them into useful methods for your own work.

One example of an absurd project is the performance piece “One more kilometre”, by British artists John Wood and Paul Harrison, http://harrisonandwood.com/ which is about bringing different technologies together in absurd ways. See https://media.giphy.com/media/6FA7Kkd3uM76M/giphy.gif, .

The course will be fast-paced, interactive and absurd!