Featuring work by three design studios located in Mexico—APRDELESP, Fabien Cappello, and Andrés Souto—the exhibition explores new approaches to design driven by the everyday, from concept to fabrication.
Philosopher Henri Lefebvre argued that to overcome the alienation of contemporary life “Man must be everyday, or he will not be at all.” Only by embracing the trivial, mundane, and familiar, by fully inhabiting the world as it is, can the world be changed. This insistence on the potential of the ordinary clashes with a routine understanding of design as driven by novelty, progress, and individual vision. Everyday or Not at All presents works outlining methods for a design driven by the everyday from three studios in Mexico: APRDELESP, Fabien Cappello, and Andrés Souto. Throughout their processes—from concept, to design and fabrication—these designers challenge prevailing systems of design and raise questions of equity, access, and use of designed objects.
The assembled projects reflect novel practices of design research—ethnographic, virtual, collaborative, and experimental—that do not simply reference the everyday as an ideal but also offer avenues for responding to the empirical complexities of the world as it stands. As part of this exhibition, the designers worked in dialogue with ArtCenter students, fabricators, and makers in Los Angeles to deploy and adapt their design approach to address our region’s distinct resources and concerns.
Everyday or Not at All is curated by Robert J. Kett, professor in the Humanities and Sciences department at ArtCenter College of Design. The exhibition is made possible in part through an anonymous gift.
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