Caring Relationships More than Humans and Things: Translating Design through the Culture of Far East

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Throughout the development of design, while design has expanded widely beyond western societies, relatively limited knowledge from non western cultures is explored. For both having inclusive understanding of design and turning a monologue into an interactive dialogue, different cultural perspectives need to be embraced. Thus, this study projects a possibility to incorporate a perspective from East Asian culture, especially South Korea.

While the traditional approach to design was centralized on 'things', human-centeredness has recently challenged the perspective. With a lens of the Korean culture, more recent discussions on design, including activism, decolonization, more-than-humans, circular economy, and degrowth, can be seen as an effort to recognize hidden or forgotten relationships in design beyond thing- and human-centered design, relationship-centered design in other words. With a number of cases from South Korea, the ways in which the relationship is considered in relation to design are introduced for initiating more active conversations between cultures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtistic Cartography
Subtitle of host publicationDesign Explorations to Pluriverse
EditorsSatu Miettinen, Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos, Melanie Sarantou, Enni Mikkonen
Publication statusIn preparation - May 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


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