What would happen if unreality became practicable?

Following Michael Anastassiades (Time and time again , 2012), Studio Formafantasma (The Stranger Within, 2013), and Robert Stadler (Back in 5 min, 2014), the Design Salon in MAK Geymüllerschlössel #4 addresses the school of constructed realities, with a show by the designer duo Dunne & Raby.  A collateral project of the Vienna Biennale 2015: Ideas for Change, this show emphasizes on the implementation of new technologies and their impact and focuses on an approach that uses design to illustrate and make negotiable plausible scenarios, rather than to simply visualize images of the future. At least that is what the British designer duo are aiming at and have emphasize in their latest publication Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming (2013).

The summer residence of the merchant and banker Johann Jakob Geymüller, build after 1808 and possessed till 1842 becomes a meeting place for the founders of a fictions school that both researches and teaches unreality. With appealing sessions like “Aesthetics of Unreality”, “A new normal” and “Beyond Realism” to name just a few, the main focus of this gathering would be to try and find an answer to the question: what would happen if unreality became practicable?

Since this conference could take place in the past, present, or future, we are lucky that it takes place in a space which hosts a various collection of old Viennese Clocks. The reason for that being the fact that after WWII the ownership of the building went to the Austrian National Bank, and due to the workings of Franz Sobek was sold to the Republic of Austria in 1948, allowing him a lifetime residence right. It was at this time that his collection of 160 Old-Viennese clocks from the period between 1750 and the second half of the 19th century inhabited the place. The Geymüllerschlössel was incorporated into the MAK as a museum branch in 1965.

But to get back to the school of constructed realities, I would like to emphasize on one of the Sessions in this program I grew specifically fond of, which is session number4 : Objects Taxonomies, based on the Theory of Objects by the Austrian philosopher Alexius Meinong (the lecture is also available online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CkFyvQmYdc ). In the world of objects as in the world of beings (human),we confront ourselves with two types: the ones that have being and those who not. Now, if we were to appropriate on account of Meinong’s Jungle Lecture based on his writings on theory of objects, the ones who have being can be divided into two categories, namely the real and the ideal. Now if in the world of living creatures, the ideal ones would be ideal, what we mostly have to deal with are the real ones. Incomplete, non-contradictory, have non-being things!


Sunday, the 4th of October, MAK DESIGN SALON The School of Constructed Realities invites you to a matinee as part of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2015 where the designers Fiona Raby and Anthony Dunne as well as Jurgen Bey, will be in conversation with Thomas Geisler, curator of MAK design collection. The event starts at 11 a.m. Information and registration : marketing@mak.at

Dunne & Raby –The school of Constructed Realities

MAK Branch Geymüllerschlössel 12.06-04.10.2015

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