Ultra Violent Design

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by: Sebastian Campion

Last November, the Swedish designer Samir Alj Fält organized the interactive design project Ultravåldsdesign (~ ultraviolent design), in which he examined the relation between creation and destruction.

Inspired by the somewhat innocent and exploratory side of children's destructive nature (ripping stuff apart, kicking things), Samir invited 6th grade students from a local school to participate in a series of workshops.

Together they vandalized objects and materials to explore how aggression and frustration can be used in a constructive way, and to see if there are ways of creating design that can not only resist violence, but can also be improved by it.

The project was realized in collaboration with Tensta Konsthall near Stockholm.

Some of the thoughts of Ultra Violent Design can also be found in the project 'do-create' by Kesselskramer and Droog Design, which took place 7-8 years ago – I am thinking particularly of Marijn Van Der Poll's work do hit.

Tensta Konsthall

Original post: http://www.guerrilla-innovation.com/archives/2007/05/000595.php