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Making Trouble: Design and Material Activism by Otto Von Busch (Parsons School of Design, USA)

Making hacks into reality. It engages matter in ways that trespass the boundaries between the civic realm and the state-assigned laws. Even with primitive tools and skills, designing and making can break open and repurpose arrangements of power. The proof is that some crafts are so controversial-lock-picking, moonshining, shoplifting, smuggling, sabotage-that they need to be controlled or even outlawed. When designers and makers touch on these contested realms, they run into trouble. This highly original book explores how the material power of design and making can challenge arrangements of agency and domination. Unpacking a series of conflicting cases-from illegal making to the strategic and civic use of crafts to manifest radical alternatives to the current order-it shows how designers and makers can use even basic tools to work towards more.

Making Trouble Reviews

This book will change your understanding of activism, design, and politics, fundamentally. Buy it, steal it, or read it, but most importantly: start redesigning things in your life! -- Stellan Vinthagen, Endowed Chair in the Study of Nonviolent Direct Action and Civil Resistance and Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Making Trouble is a fabulous book. It offers an original and timely intervention in scholarly and activist debates and has the added benefit of being beautifully written. I fully expect it will become an instant classic in cross-disciplinary research and contentious political practice. -- Victoria Hattam, Professor of Politics, New School for Social Research, New York

About Otto Von Busch (Parsons School of Design, USA)

Otto von Busch is Associate Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons School of Design, USA. He holds a PhD in design from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and was previously Professor of Textiles at Konstfack University, Sweden. He has published articles in The Design Journal, Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, Fashion Practice, CoDesign Journal, The Journal of Modern Craft, Textile Cloth and Culture, Craft Research, Organizational Aesthetics, Creative Industries Journal and the Journal for Artistic Research, and has contributed chapters on design activism to The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Product Design (2017), The Routledge Companion to Design Research (2015), The Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion (2014), as well as other design anthologies.

Table of Contents

Preface Back to Matter Activist Making Affirmative Making 1. Power in the Making Primitive Making Matters and Materials Making between Matter and Meta 2. State Metaxu Metaxu State Space - State Matter State Meta in the Matter 3. Making Matters Making Leverage Finding Material Leverage The Contents of Political Matters 4. Making Agency Making Change, Making Resistance Making Material Agency Manipulating Meta 5. Doing and sitting Sitting is Not Only Sitting Royal Crafts and Citizen Consumption Resistant Sitting Seated Democracies 6. Recursive Matters Intensity vs Scale Making Means and Ends Meet Pulsation 7. Strategic Objectiles Material Mobilization Tactical Presence and its Limitations Stitch for Senate 8. Material Counter-intelligence Material Intelligence Artus and Metis The Cookies of Cunning 9. Brewing Dissent Controlled Substances, Controlled Crafts Misuse and Mischief Buckets of Evidence 10. Designing Back Making Civics Tangible Design and Activism Material Civic Dissidence 11. Trouble Making and Counter-crafts Dangerous Makings Mapping Material Activism 12. Make it Simple Making Action Spaces Making Calisthenics Stay Matter!

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Making Trouble: Design and Material Activism by Otto Von Busch (Parsons School of Design, USA)
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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