Quick Recovery in the Design Praxis: Formless Operations from the Field

By María de Mater O’Neill.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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There is a lack of understanding of a designer's methodology in weak democratic societies that are suffering from social, political and/or economic adversities. Resilience becomes the design tactic, as designers articulate their approach in this problem's context of instability. This paper only deals with Post-modern and Painting theories in relationship to the researcher's resilience design model, named Real-Time Response Planning (RTRP). The RTRP model intends to enable designers to be resilient and thrive in adverse conditions, in real-time. The researcher identified that peripheral creative practitioners were able to design artifacts or systems with “no wounds” despite many years of adverse context, and often the practitioners thrived against all odds. Topics: (1) A brief description of the conditions faced by the peripheral designers from the Caribbean and Latin America; (2) A description of how the RTRP’s toolbox is informed by Deleuze and Guattari’s post-modern ideas and its connection to Haraway’s Situated Knowledge; and (3) The ontological and epistemological framework, which is mainly based on art critics Krauss and Bois’ theories because of their non-hierarchical interconnection, which is appropriate to the modeling of situations of adversity.

Keywords: Resilience, Formless, Situated Knowledge, Rhizome, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Expanded Fields

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.35-49. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 795.615KB).

María de Mater O’Neill

Senior Partner, Rubberband, LLP, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

María de Mater O’Neill is a designer, painter and educator with a BFA from Cooper Union, School of Art and Science (New York) and is a Doctorate Design Practice Candidate in the School of Design at Northumbria University, United Kingdom. O’Neill is a senior partner in Rubberband, LLP, a value driven design studio from San Juan, Puerto Rico.