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Friday 29 March 2024

What Design Can’t Do by Silvio Lorusso

Silvio Lorusso presents his new publication “What Design Can’t Do – Essays on Design and Disillusion” at Parco Gallery, with the introduction by Federico Antonini

Friday March 29th – Doors open at 6:30pm. Talk at 7:00pm

Design: what once was a promising field rooted in problem-solving has become a problem in itself. The skill set of designers appears shaky and insubstantial – their expertise is received with indifference, their know-how is trivialised by online services, their work is compromised by a series of unruly external factors. If you see yourself as a designer without qualities; if you feel cheated, disappointed or betrayed by design, this book is for you.

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Silvio Lorusso is a writer, artist and designer based in Lisbon, Portugal. He published Entreprecariat (Onomatopee) in 2018 and What Design Can’t Do (Set Margins’) in 2023. He is an assistant professor and co-director of the Center for Other Worlds at the Lusófona University in Lisbon and a tutor at the Information Design department of Design Academy Eindhoven. Lorusso holds a Ph.D. in Design Sciences from the Iuav University of Venice.

Federico Antonini is a designer, researcher and book collector. At the centre of his investigation, the relationship between conceptual art and book-making, the death of the page as a cultural object, and the (media) specificities of (re)production means.

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