Jesko Fezer

Jesko Fezer is a designer. In cooperation with ifau he realizes architecture projects. He is cofounder of the bookstore Pro qm and part of the exhibition design studio Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik. He is Professor for Experimental Design at the HFBK Hamburg.

  • (How) do we (want to) work (together) (as (socially engaged) designers (students and neighbours)) in neoliberal times)?

    (How) do we (want to) work (together) (as (socially engaged) designers (students and neighbours)) in neoliberal times)?

    Design Support / Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung 2016–2021

    Jesko Fezer, Studio Experimentelles Design, and Claudia Banz

    Studio Experimentelles Design's politically and socially committed approach through lectures, research, conversations, and project documentation.

    With today's increasing income disparity, forced global division of labor, and neoliberal expansion of precariousness, a critical discussion about work is looming—even in the field of design. Since 2011, the Studio Experimentelles Design at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg has experimented with local design support as a contemporary practice. The student-led program advocates a community-based, cooperative approach to design. In the summer of 2020, the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin Design Lab #6 hosted Studio Experimentelles Design's online research festival “(How) do we (want to) work (together) (as (socially engaged) designers (students and neighbors)) (in neoliberal times)?” The studio invited friends, experts, and activists to discuss self-organizing academia, artistic collectivism, care work, and creative self-exploitation. Over three weeks, talks, performances, and readings explored alternatives to the formal economy, immaterial labor in the context of aesthetic capitalism, the issue of the art strike, alienation, and new subjectivities.

    Divided into two parts, this compendium chronicles Studio Experimentelles Design's politically and socially committed approach through lectures, research, conversations, and project documentation from the online festival and five years of studio work. Both the festival's debate about working conditions and the studio's practice critically examine the imperative of committed designers today to radically reorient their approach, the content of their work, and their relationship with the actors for whom they design.

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  • Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung—Public Design Support 2011–2016

    Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung—Public Design Support 2011–2016

    Jesko Fezer and Studio Experimentelles Design

    An experiment with alternative forms of design, Public Design Support is also an intervention in urban life. It helps local residents and others to shape their lifeworld and explore possibilities for action, instead of the usual experience of powerlessness and marginalization in the face of urban development. Public Design Support offers free practical help in dealing with everyday problems while also helping to develop alternative conceptions of the city. It explores the potential of design, including its social role and political significance. Design can be more than a way for competing cities to be distinctive, more than the display of individual status, more than a tool for segregation in urban development. Public Design Support is an engaged and political form of design, since it makes other people, problems, and spaces into actors and objects in the design process. It usually works with people impacted by design, or excluded by it, rather than participants who profit from the process.

    This publication—which includes key project materials, scholarly essays, and significant historical texts—chronicles the aspirations, methods, and projects of the first four years of Public Design Support.

    ContributorsJulia Albani, Sherry R. Arnstein, Baltic Raw, Max Borka, Friedrich von Borries, Lucius Burckhardt, Amelie Deuflhard, Boğachan Dundaralp, Jesko Fezer, Martina Fineder, Jens-Uwe Fischer, Tina Fritsche, Thomas Geisler, Sophie Goltz, Naomi Henning, Ulrike Jordan, Steffen Jörg, Janne Kempe, Silvia Knüppel, Van Bo Le-Mentzel, Werner Möller, Victor Papanek, Jörg Petruschat, Planbude, Katja Reichard, Tim Rieniets, Tina Röthig, Martin Schmitz, Dirk Schneider, Jan Steyaert, Sabine Stövesand, Pelin Tan, Sebastian Topp, Tim Voss

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