Anja Abele, Can Altay, An Architektur/Mathias Heyden, Dexter Sinister/Steve Rushton, Marcius Galan, Ryan Gander, Ian Kiaer, Zoe Leonard, Karolin Meunier, Yorgos Sapountzis, Katerina Seda, Phillip Taaffe/Thierry Cheverny, Mirjam Thomann, Lan Tuazon, Stephen Willats, Projektgruppe “Wer plant die Planung” (Prof. Michael Dreyer, Julia Weiss, Linn Rose, Stefan Stahlbaum, Peter Riemer), Merz‑Akademie Stuttgart
The exhibition Soziale Diagramme. Planning Reconsidered combines historical documents and contemporary creative projects that deal with complex social systems. All exhibited works examine the dynamics of social interactions. The raise questions about the meaning of design practices within the functioning of social relations. How do individual needs and the organization of common spaces relate with each other? What are possible functions of authorship, of information, of power relationships within design processes?
The exhibition gives insight in lively methodological debates that have been going on since the early 1960s: How can we integrate social developments in complex models? Artists and designers recently started addressing such approaches in order to investigate the function of communication and control within social development processes. Die exhibitions contains historical architectural drawings, photographs, models and videos from the last 40 years as well as projects by contemporary artists and architects.
Since the 1960s, examinations of design methodologies raise the question how resilient relations between design disciplines and reality can be developed. The examination of cybernetic, system-theoretical and economical methods that was observed within the knowledge transfers between other disciplines was subjected to a radical politicization. Thus, subsequent research mainly dealt with emancipatory potentials of participative processes.
For the exhibition project Soziale Diagramme. Planning Reconsidered, those approaches and their influence on contemporary creative production were elaborated. Planning theory and design methodology are understood as discursive field that is the basis for questioning assumptions about the world and its representations as well as developing speculative forms of interpretation and criticism.
Curated by Jesko Fezer and Axel John Wieder. Exhibition design by Andreas Müller.
Bruce Archer, Arch+, Lucius Burckhardt, Paul Davidoff, Design Methods Group, Emory Douglas, Richard D. Duke, Helga Fassbinder (Sanierungsgruppe Kreuzberg), Allan Feldt, Marc Fester und Nikolaus Kuhnert, Martin Geiger, Ruth Glass, John Habraken / SAR, Studienarbeiten an der Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm (Dozenten: Bruce Archer, Horst Rittel, Anthony Froschaug, Hans Gugelot, Walter Zeischegg), John Chris Jones, Reiner Kallhardt, Martin Krampen, Helmut Krauch / Studiengruppe für Systemforschung, Projektgruppe Kommunikationstechnik Universität Stuttgart (Claus Dreyer, Harald Ortlieb, Andreas Strunk, Ulrich Bernhardt), Max Lock Centre, Wolf Reuter, Horst Rittel, Sanfte Strukturen, John FC Turner, Anthony Ward.