MAK DESIGN SALON #04: Dunne & Raby. The School of Constructed Realities

Dunne & Raby, Ethiculator from Not Here, Not Now designed

With its contemporary design interventions, the MAK DESIGN SALON in the Geymüllerschlössel extends an invitation to a dialogue across time in order to induce new perspectives and interplays between the historic ambience and current discourse in design.  

As a collateral project of the VIENNA BIENNALE 2015: IDEAS FOR CHANGE, the designer duo Dunne & Raby have been invited to share their view of the future of design. For many years, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby have been considered pioneers of a conceptual design movement that makes speculations about alternative lifestyles.   

With their most recent publication Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming (MIT Press, 2013), they propagate an approach that uses design to illustrate and make negotiable plausible scenarios—rather than to simply visualize images of the future.

With The School of Constructed Realities, Dunne & Raby make use of the Geymüllerschlössel for the inauguration meeting of a fictitious school that both researches unreality and makes it the task of design. 1920). With their speculative school, the design duo invites visitors to contemplate the future, change, and the role of design.

Curator: Thomas Geisler, Curator, MAK Design Collection    

Curator-guided tours with Thomas Geisler, Curator, MAK Design Collection, and Dunne & Raby
Sun, 14 Jun 2015, 3 p.m.
Sun, 4 Oct 2015, 3 p.m.  

A matinee as part of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK (25 Sep – 4 Oct 2015)
Sun, 4 Oct 2015, 11 a.m.  
Designers Fiona Raby and Anthony Dunne as well as Jurgen Bey, designer, Studio Makkink & Bey, and director, The Sandberg Institute at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, in conversation with Thomas Geisler, Curator, MAK Design Collection.
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Participant numbers are limited for all events.
Information and registration via T +43 1 711 36-231 or  

Opening hours during the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK (25 Sep – 4 Oct 2015)
Fri, 25 Sep 2015, 2 p.m.–6 p.m.
Sat, 26 Sep and Sun, 27 Sep 2015, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sat, 3 Sep and Sun, 4 Oct 2015, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.  


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