Title
bulletin
serie
lecture
 

Value For Nothing?

Value For Nothing? 

Air is of immeasurable, intrinsic value to us; without it we could not live. But we are only really aware of this when coming short of it. What is more, the same air is worth nothing if valued in terms of exchange. Unlike most valuable things, air doesn't require labor to be produced or to be made available. On the contrary: making something ‘airless' costs a lot of effort.
From an economical perspective value is established by estimating the usefulness and the exchange rate of something. In scientific fields, value is linked to concepts of quality and assessment. From a cultural point of view, value becomes something intangible, specific and situated. In a cultural context value is a phenomenon linked to individual or collective perception, appreciation, tradition and ethics. That is why the same things can be valued quite differently in for instance the Netherlands, Nepal or Iran.
In a recent lecture, Kees Dorst (design philosopher, author of 'Understanding Design') poses the following question: "If design is about creating value, what are the values we should focus on today?"
This lecture series takes this question further and explores the idea of value by looking at its relationship to scarcity, tradition, innovation, cultural differences, durability and dialogue. Critical reflection meets celebration.
This lectures series is developed in relation to the exchange project between the DesignLab of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and artists/designers in Nepal. A group of Rietveld students and teachers will visit Nepal in February 2008.

Seminar and lectures will be moderated by Aaf van Essen, cultural producer connected to the Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Institute.

Back to top