Crash Course was designed for the Digital Futures at the Victoria and Albert Museum and is a series of workshops allowing the audience to take part in project experiments. The participants learn specific skills to master a situation in order to prompt them to question the role design plays within social, political and institutional systems that construct our daily reality and steer behaviour.
We taught people how to fall and be prepared for a possible failure to turn it into success. We taught the variations of a smile and direct human interaction or how to draw perfect circles and stimulate your muscles to build up a memory for certain movements. We trained people on delivering a message in the right tone, acting like a particular individual and using a public apology for themselves.
The event allows the audience a glimpse of alternative methodologies through participating in project experiments and aims to provoke discussion about the potential use of these learned skills. Functioning as research tools each course is focused around training and introduces its students to elements of society that question existing social norms and systems.
Crash Course was created by Dionysia Mylonaki, Sandra Fruebing, Huishu Jia, Zhenhan Hao, Matt House and Yuki Uebo. What unites the group of designers is the strong engagement with the public to develop their ideas, which are mostly a cross section of the social, political, cultural and technological. While creating workshops that are open for discussion, the group of designers is using design as a method to address an additional curriculum of training and research to formal education.
Appearances: Digital Futures at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Thanks to Giulia Garbin for her help.