Precarious Design

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In the post-digital Web 3.0 the world moves onwards in an accelerated and complex manner and many structures and identities are left anachronistic and economically vulnerable (publishing, journalism, music to name a few). The ”˜virtues’ of access, connectivity and sharing have been successfully sold to society whilst the older principles of individual freedom and depth of lived experience are being recontextualized and / or eroded depending on one’s perspective. Mixing theory with applied examples, this paper describes how contemporary social technologies have significantly changed our practical reality, a reality where human experience and technical artifacts have become closely intertwined. The paper explores the ontological consequences of this change and the potential in establishing ”˜Precarious Design’ practices and methods as a response to the precarious nature of our existence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Without Sin: Freedom and Taboo in Digital Media
EditorsLanfranco Aceti, Donna Leishman
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherGoldsmiths, University of London
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781906897260
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLeonardo Electronic Almanac
PublisherGoldsmiths College
ISSN (Print)1071-4391


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