DS 123: Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2023)

Year: 2023
Editor: Buck, Lyndon; Grierson, Hilary; Bohemia, Erik
Author: Wachs, Marina-Elena; Hoffmann, Andreas
Series: E&PDE
Institution: Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Bucerius Kunst Forum Hamburg, Germany
Section: International, multi-sectorial or multispecies collaborations
DOI number: 10.35199/EPDE.2023.34
ISBN: 978-1-912254-19-4


WHAT ABOUT Within the scientific cycle of design / historians and design theorists, likewise other teacher in ‘Gestalt-theory’, we have to take the element of ‘time’ as significant creating factor, with consequences to the ‘quality of education’ – in relation to SDG No. 4 (by UN). At the one hand we, as teacher and researcher, have to demand about more time to integrate new research findings into the lectures, in re-writing the readers, scripts. But we cannot ignore, that the daily business as teacher and researcher not offers the necessary time, to evaluate innovative, new research findings of design historians, art historians and archaeologists in Europe over the last decade. At the other hand, the factor time within the historical perspectives, that new field studies and research results showing a different contextualization of an object than before (case study: ancient time) has great impact in the interpretation of these objects, and for modifying the art historian documentations and lectures, scripts. This paper aims to show - with the help of a case study of the significance of ‘New images in the age of Augustus’ - to act with different media and materials in time, had consequences in a new interpretation and contextualization in design- and art-theory. It is demonstrating, we have to demand for more time for interdisciplinary discussions together in Europe and encouraging the teacher, not even to take time but show courage and confidence to re-design their lectures. AIM AND INSTRUMENTS Our main intention, as interdisciplinary working researchers in creative and anthropological relevant disciplines, is formulating a sustainable future together in Europe and working together with financial support, but as well with enough time for discussing research findings together, for evaluation in a profound way and in a free space for creativity and new ideating sustainable solutions – learning from an every time evaluated (design) history. Case studies about art-history of the roman time will be analysed about the antique circle of sculptures and communicating medias – case studies in the subjects of dress codes, product languages, ‘media languages’ – to come to new interpretations and new contextualisation. Essential benefit will bring, the comparison in ‘reading’ in different media, with evaluation the lectures in Gestalt-theory, art- and design-history, and finally design didactic: Questioning ‘old’ and ‘new’ experts literature about a research facts and experiences within field studies (in exhibitions with three dimensional objects and at the field of archaeologist) matters today as pedagogical and design didactical benefit for the students. This is more essential during the digitalisation phase and a time of missing physically experiences. Experts rounds of multispecies collaborations, like archaeologist, scientist of art in discussing with design theorist are beneficial to share, discuss and evaluate our design education experiences. These truly interdisciplinary activities are to sharpen all Gestalt theoretical courses in the nearby future und supports responsible innovation. This paper aims to sum up the research findings, to formulate together the key factors in re-designing courses and scripts of Gestalt-theory – ‘time’ as one core element.

Keywords: European research resilience, take your time to re-design Gestalt-theory, contextualization to read languages of media, sustainable innovation through cross-disciplinary co-researching.


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