Exhibition: Unmaking Democratic Design – Fredrik Paulsen

The first exhibition I curated at the Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft, Gothenburg, was Unmaking Democratic Design: Fredrik Paulsen, 23 February – 19 May 2019.

a9e63d1a-d5f0-40ab-8415-728bcad35b97“Democracy usually refers to “rule by people”, to the equality and rights of all human beings, to freedom of expression and the press, or to general elections. Design describes the structure, appearance or making of an object, from concept to final product. What, then, is ‘democratic design’? Often, it relates to the design of public spaces, to accessibility, or to cheap, flat-packed furniture. The functionality, rationality or aesthetics of such designs are then considered from the user-perspective. But democratic design can also be about materiality or the process of making, and then it is the designer’s or the maker’s parameters which are paramount.

Röhsska museet commissioned Fredrik Paulsen to interpret the notion of democratic design, which he chose to do byusing the chair as his subject. In traditional design history, chairs are used to signify material, technological and cultural developments. Here, the same piece of furniture is, rather, used to dismantle, pick apart, and question the notion of democratic design.”

  • Curator. Johan Deurell
  • Artist and exhibition design: Fredrik Paulsen
  • Still photography installation: Jason Evans
  • Graphic identity: Mia Frostner/Europa
  • Essay: Professor Sara Kristoffersson
  • Guest designers in Boden + public talks at the Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg: Gitta Gschwendtner, Soft Baroque, and Michael Marigold.
  • Advisory Board: Nina Due, Markus Bergström, Sara Kristoffersson

For more info, head to Röhsska’s website

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