Harmful or Uselsess? Victor Papanek and the Student Rebellion at Danish Design Schools 1967 – 1976

Munch, A. V. (Co-author), Vibeke Riisberg (Co-author), Lene Kiærbye Pedersen (Co-author)

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Description

Danish design education changed radically with the student rebellion which started in the late '6os and lasted until roughly the mid '70s. During this period, Victor Papanek visited the Nordic Design Schools several times and spent a year teaching in Copenhagen. Some research into these events has been done in the other Nordic countries. However, the history of the Danish design schools has never been investigated, and few archival sources were saved from these turbulent years, hence, this paper is preliminary research. Papanek published ideas on design education in Danish journals, and we compare his perspective with our initial findings from annual reports, school magazines and minutes from debate events. The focus of our discussion here is how the agenda of the students concerning their impact on society was articulated in their actions, and how it developed with events and reforms of the schools. Initially, the Danish students felt that their education trained them
in useless skills with only rare possibilities for employment, and they were far removed from any impact of changing the harmfulness of design consumption. As actions and reforms developed, however, the scope of the students' interests turned out to be quite different from Papanek's.
Period16. Oct 202018. Oct 2020
Event title12th Conference of International Committee of Design History and Design Studies: LESSONS TO LEARN? Past Design Experiences and Contemporary Design Practices
Event typeConference
LocationZagreb, Croatia
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Keywords

  • Designschool History
  • Student rebellion
  • Danish design history