Lou Reed was standing on the corner, Neil Armstrong reached a corner stone for mankind and the Social Design Studio proclaims the First Viennese Applied Corner Institute.
Wrapping up the focus week Into the Why with Michael Moser and Jan Knopp, the rapid publishing publication Cornern documents the involvement with the corner as a simple but complex starting point. What perspective does the corner as a geometric principle, a construction element, a metaphor or an expression of culture, society and design open up for the prospective designer?
The result is a collection of “micro manifestos” in the form of small-scale project experiments by students, that all revolve around the theme of the corner. The individual projects occupy the common denominator of a communicative, democratic and non-profit forum. All experiments are based on the principles of the Da-Institut, according to which all ideas for a possible future (design) already exist in the cumulated information around us. To grasp those ideas, we only have to read or combine the information according to our purposes.
Da-Institut claims that the assertion of an idea inevitably leads to discourse and that discourse leads to the negotiation of a possible application. To make assertions negotiable, tools like rapid publishing are used. Independent of conventional print media, rapid publishing attempts to translate the dynamics of the “wild thinking” of the World Wide Web into book printing. The depiction of “wild thinking” discourses in form of publications with official ISBN numbers aims to open up ideas to a greater public and to create a precedent that can be built upon.
* English translation: Cornern – Teasing instead of attracting attention. The sports before the revolution
Sedici Verlag (CH)
Michael Moser and Jan Knopp (ed.)
- Michael Moser and Jan Knopp (ed.)