Public Lecture: Ethnography, Design and Value

Helen Verran, University of Melbourne and Charles Darwin University

Time: Thursday, November 22th, 14.00 – 16.00
Place: ScrollBar, IT University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaardsvej 7

For several years now I have been developing the contention that design is replacing epistemics in many of the public arenas of Australian life. If this diagnosis is correct then the significance of design as a cultural phenomenon is changing from being an obscure back-room process to becoming a newly important means of constituting value. But this change does not leave value itself unchanged. I argue that ethnography can help us ‘see’ these changes, re-tell them differently and offer potentials for generative intervention. In this lecture I develop these themes through telling stories of the technical, social, natural, and epistemic aspects of the redesign of an Australian ‘people-place’ in remote southeast Victoria.