The Factory: an Experimental Studio for Discovering the Other

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Almac B.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ART & DESIGN EDUCATION, vol.37, no.2, pp.300-311, 2018 (SSCI) identifier identifier


This article discusses the idea of otherness in design education and introduces a new approach that merges the potentials of collaborative and individual design. The aim is for each individual student to discover how others design to criticise and derive their own ways of designing. Therefore, the discussion here focuses on the process of becoming aware of other designers and the importance of being with others while designing. I call this state the Field of Otherness. It is something that cannot be described or taught; it is a relative and indeterminate zone based on the existence of others. It is a set of potentials in which designers oscillate and their design aspects merge into a multiplicity. In this article I argue that by discovering others, designers encounter each other in the Field of Otherness and this enables them to design diversely. To broaden the discussion within this context, an experimental one-day project called the Factory is explored. The main idea of the project was to introduce students to the Field of Otherness, in which they would design by continual as ifs' and oscillations to meet the other; who is precisely unfamiliar, unexpected, unknown and inexperienced. Interviews with students three months after the project are used to investigate the effects. These interviews can also be seen as fragments of the otherness experience of the students.