Publication: Design in the Anthropocene: an opening to the other
Nowadays, more than ever, the acquired awareness of man’s responsibility towards the compound planetary crisis we face is stressing the need of a change in perspective. Against the modernist anthropocentrism, some emerging theories are suggesting that coexistence is not only a human issue, but it rather concerns all the entities (animate or inanimate, material or immaterial) that compose the world. This is not seen anymore as a passive background, but rather as a system of relationships, made of different actors - human and non-human - all provided with a political voice and agency. The idea behind this assumption is that reclaiming ground that has been previously purified of too many missing voices and actors might spur the cultivation of a more responsible, ecologically sound politics. Such change of perspective is, clearly, shaking the foundations of all disciplinary fields and also affecting the very idea and practice of design. What kind of approach to design are these perspectives contributing to shape?
anti-anthropocentrism, ontological pluralism, (cosmo)politics, prototyping