Design and the Spaced-Out Subject
There are many stories about subjectivity, its meaning, construction & even its death. It has been a central element of my own work for many years. It has been a contention of my philosophical work that subjectivity is spaced, that space is material & that subjectivity is material. Such a materiality of connections between these concepts is worth re-examining now insofar as we can locate the coming together of space & subjectivity in designed objects. What we will consider here, then, is the role that design, its production of objects, & the consumption & digestion of these objects has in the material spatializing of subjectivities. This paper will therefore re-examine some of the connections between space seen as matter (not as emptiness) & subjectivity from the perspective of design theory & practice.
Keywords: Space, Subjectivity, Stories, Materiality, Product/Industrial Design, Culture
Dr. Jamie Brassett
Senior Lecture, BA (Hons.) Product Design
History: Graduated MA Philosophy and Literature, University of Warwick, 1988 and PhD Philosophy, University of Warwick,1993. PhD thesis, 'Cartographies of Subjectification', established a material link between subjectivity and space & engaged with the philosophies of Immanuel Kant, Gaston Bachelard, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Most of the 1990s I worked on the consequences for our senses of self of body modification, from the use of fashion in its most basic sense to the more extreme ideas of cyborg-production.
Currently: Teaching Product Design. Working with design industry on formulating new design processes. Working on a book which deals with the philosophical consequences of the increasingly intimate relations between humans & machines, called 'CyberDesire'. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 2000. DJ since 1994.