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Konstfack in Milan: Salone del Mobile 2014, The Talking Table

  • Spazio Rossana Orlandi Via Matteo Bandello 14/16 Milan Italy (map)

"To my experience as visiting professor on a number of universities worldwide, the uniqueness of Konstfack is our strong awareness of gender and class issues, and the consequential development of a norm-critical approach. This norm-critical approach is of course anchored in the Swedish society and is therefore different to norm-criticality in other countries."

The “dinner table” is a moment of contemplation, where objects play a major role in reflecting on human behavior and cultural norms. Through objects describing our relationship to food the dinner-table becomes a highly political subject. Also issues of class and ethnicity can and have been communicated by controlling the aesthetic appearance of objects, for example through defining categories of “good” and “bad” taste.

Karen Pontoppidan, Professor at Konstfack

Earlier Event: April 5