Crisis Drift: A Meta-gogical Glue for Learning & Teaching Design

By Dale Scott Nason.

Published by The Design Collection

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With some exceptions, learning and teaching theory is grounded in pedagogy based upon studies in behavioral and cognitive psychology that used captive subjects as their experimental basis. “Crisis drift” is a theory-in-practice that replaces this authoritarian pedagogy with nothing, free tagging, disruption, flow, where the learning community wants to go, or might have to go. “Meta-gogy” dissolves control, not compelled to finish but to connect. Whether it is a network crashing or a mob determining new priorities, learning does not stop. Learning may actually flourish but has definitely changed, and for the duration of any crisis is set adrift. “Is this drift useful, providing a new way of teaching and learning design?” Radical contingencies lead design learners and teachers to new solutions with or without permission. The learning and teaching of design is bound in corporate institutional systems of ownership, transactions and gateways. Yet hacking systems and receiving cracked software is the ground many design learners learned on. Crisis drift attempts to mobilize the contingent subject’s design objective.

Keywords: Crisis Drift, Pedagogy, Meta-gogy, Learn, Community, Education, Trouble, Search, Design, Graffiti, Connectivism, Connectivist

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.591-616. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.566MB).

Dale Scott Nason

Teacher, School of Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Active participant in Art & Design subcultures both in Australia and elsewhere, and design teaching for 12 years, Dale Nason has created Art, Design and Media works ranging from texts though to kinetic performance actions. Intermittently a VJ, mobile projectionist, photocopy artist, new media artist & musician, Nason is cited as being part of the Australian new media avant garde. More recent video works have been described as Dark Wave, and feature the human handling of dead animals. A Masters Degree in Public Art has brought focus to a critique of National Identity and public symbols of power. A future project will take him to visit the second site of British Atomic Weapon tests in Australia which were responsible for the radioactive poisoning of Aboriginal people in the 1950’s. This is at a place called Emu Field, named after one of the animals on the Australian Coat of Arms.

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