Designing Economic Cultures is a research project that sets out to investigate the relationship between socio-economic precarity and the production of socially and politically engaged design projects.

The fundamental question the project poses is:
how can designers, who through their work want to question and challenge the prevalent economic system, gain a satisfying degree of social and economic security without having to submit themselves to the commercial pressures of the market?  Read more ›

Construction site for non-affirmative practice

Constructive Dismantling

My Castle Is Your Castle

Capitalism and the social imaginary – seminar with Hervé Baron

In this series of encounters, run by the economic researcher Hervé Baron, we intend to propose an argument that is relatively unknown to the Italian public: the issue of the social imaginary. The argumentation will range from the general to the particular: after an initial introduction to the topic, we will see why the studies of the imaginary have developed mostly in France around Cornelius Castoriadis.

We will then confront the approach of Castoriadis with that of Marx in order to investigate possible complementarities. These theoretical excursions will be followed by practical examples of the application of the concept of the imaginary to our society. These examples will focus on money and the image as commodity.

The last three encounters will be dedicated to a reading laboratory in which we will analyse texts relating to the arguments treated beforehand.

The aim of this series is not to propose ready solutions, but to stimulate questions and doubts in the interlocutors. Bibliographical references will be provided in order for everyone to keep on walking with their own legs, once the series comes to its end.

26th September 2011, 4pm
What is the imaginary?

27th September 2011, 4pm
Cornelius Castoriadis and the imaginary

28 September 2011, 4pm
Castoriadis and Marx

29 September 2011, 4pm
A practical analysis: money

17th October, 4pm
A practical analysis: the image as commodity

18th October, 4pm
Reading laboratory
The Religion of Capital by Paul Lafargue
(in an Italian translation by Hervé Baron)

19 October, 4pm
Reading laboratory
The Religion of Capital by Paul Lafargue
(in an Italian translation by Hervé Baron)

20 October, 4pm
Reading laboratory
L’uomo sulla luna (The Man on the Moon)
by Maurizio Grossi

The encounters, held in Italian, will take place at the gallery Careof at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan, Via Procaccini, 4.

The papers presented and the video-recordings of the seminars are available in Italian at DOCVA -Documentation Centre for Visual Arts, Milan.

These encounters are made possible with the financial support of the Amt für Deutsche Kultur der Autonomen Provinz Bozen-Südtirol