Design for the Real World


17 November 2020

Alison J. Clarke, the co-curator of Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design, is Director of the Victor J. Papanek Foundation and Professor of Design History and Theory. In this short video, she shows a beautiful silk scarf that wouldn’t look out of place round a fashionista’s neck. But there’s more here than meets the eye. The scarf’ is printed with a motif intended to confuse facial recognition software. It’s the designer’s way of criticizing how governments and corporations are making use of this controversial technology.