PhD research at ARIA, Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (Sint Lucas Antwerp & University of Antwerp)
ARIA, Antwerp, 2019–2023
Annelys Devet started the PhD research project “Disarming Design from Palestine” which questions how design can be a vehicle for empowerment and solidarity in suppressed realities. How can one through the practice of design develop sustainable positions in fractured societies? Building upon relations of trust and long-term involvements in Palestine, Devet will analyse, research and articulate conditions for design to have a social, political and emancipatory impact. Part of the research will be developing, in close collaboration with local partners, alternative forms and platforms for design learning, collaboration and exchange in Palestine, reinforcing the economic, political and artistic sustainability of designers.
PhD Candidate: Annelys Devet
Promoter UAntwerpen: Dr. Pascal Gielen
Promoter SLA: Dr. Petra Van Brabandt
Chair: Roschanack Shaery-Yazdi
External expert: Dr. Lara Khaldi
Annelys de Vet (1974, NL) is a Belgium based designer, educator and researcher, running a practice for gentle power and radical imagination. De Vet is currently a PhD candidate at ARIA, a practice-led doctoral study at Sint Lucas School of Arts and University Antwerp, where she researches the conditions of design pedagogy to counteract oppression and injustice through the act of design. She edited ‘Design Dedication’ (Valiz, 2020) a publication on adaptive mentalities in design education and headed the MA in Design ‘Think tank for Visual strategies’ at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam till 2019. There, she founded the new temporary MA course ‘Disarming Design’, which is committed to design practices in situations of oppression acting on the overlap of design, crafts, politics, pedagogy, community and activism. She co-founded the thought-provoking design platform ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’ generating useful products that spread alternative narratives about day-to-day life in Palestine. Additionally, she has initiated the publishing initiative Subjective Editions that map countries from inside out, from a human perspective by the inhabitants themselves, including Subjective Atlas of Colombia (2015), Subjective Atlas of Brussels (2018), Subjective Atlas of Pakistan (2018) and Subjective atlas of Luxembourg (2019). As a total the body of work explores the role of design in relation to the public and political discourse, in order to develop methods, structures, and tools that feed agency for a pluralist society, through design.
More information, see: www.bureaudevet.be/disarming-design-phd