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Designing Dissensual Common Sense : Critical Art, Architecture, and Design in Jacques Rancière’s Political Thought (2021)

Lohtaja, A. (2021). Designing Dissensual Common Sense : Critical Art, Architecture, and Design in Jacques Rancière’s Political Thought. Design and Culture, 13(3), 305-324. https://doi.org/10.1080/17547075.2021.1966730

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All authors or editorsLohtaja, Aleksi

Journal or seriesDesign and Culture



Publication year2021

Publication date10/09/2021


Issue number3

Pages range305-324

PublisherTaylor & Francis

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77867


How can design be socially engaged and politically efficient, as proposed by discourses labeled as critical design? This article introduces a conceptualization and historiography of politically charged design discourse based on philosopher Jacques Rancière’s work on the intersections of politics, aesthetics, and critical artistic practices. By focusing especially on Rancière’s reading of the genealogy of design from Ruskin to constructivism and the Bauhaus, the article aims to show that there is an important connection between design and politics present in Rancière’s thought. Rather than solely revealing the oppressive dimension embedded in designed forms, for Rancière, design is itself a profound process of aesthetical and sensorial reconfiguration of the way in which we perceive and articulate our communal existence in “the shared material world.” The article suggests that this connection is useful for examining the broader encounter of critical design with political theory.

Keywordsarchitecturedesign (artistic creation)Arts and crafts movementconstructivism (art)functionalismpolitical characterpolitical theorycritical theoryaesthetics

Free keywordscritical design; political design; Jacques Rancière

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2021

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