Things to do in Doha: Attend a lecture on design in conflict areas

Learn about how occupation restricts craft and product development

Things to do in Doha: Attend a lecture on design in conflict areas

Head over to VCUarts Qatar on Tuesday November 19 to catch an interesting lecture entitled Design in areas of conflict.

As part of its Crossing Boundaries lecture series, it will host Ghadeer Dajani, design and production manager at Disarming Design From Palestine (DDFP), and Raed Hamouri, executive director at DDFP

Disarming Design from Palestine is a thought-provoking design label for the development and presentation of contemporary design from Palestine.

Dajani and Hamouri will talk about what occupation does, how it restricts craft and product development, where politics, design and crafts meet, how design knowledge and skills can be supported within the Palestinian community through knowledge exchange, and about feeding a discourse on critical design and artisanship.

It will also ask how designers can be empowered to more actively engage in society through collective design-thinking courses and social design impact.

The lecture will take place at 12.30pm at VCUarts Qatar's Atrium and is open to everyone.

DDFP will also be giving a series of workshops that are open to the general public and to Education City faculty and alumni.

If you participate, you will get the chance to design new products based on the techniques of the items that each of them will bring to the workshops.

You will also get to delve deeper into the product’s narratives. What are the complexities? Is there a political dimension behind the product, its production and distribution? What does it mean from a social and ecological perspective?

The workshops are limited to a maximum of 25 participants and if you want to participate, email istlouis@vcu.edu.
Free. Nov 18, 6pm (public workshop); Nov 19, 12.30pm (lecture); Nov 20, 5pm-8pm (workshop for Education City faculty and alumni). Atrium, VCUarts Qatar, www.vcu.edu.

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