Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht
Imaginary Property, a new research project of the Design department, initiated by Florian Schneider, aspires to explore new potentials for design practices across various registers. The project is set up as a realm of experimentation at the intersections of design-theory and image-production. It is a laboratory where emerging concepts and
terminologies are set to a series of tests.
What challenges emerge from the paradoxes that research into Oimaginary property¹ has given rise to ? How could these potentially generate new
rules of production, bearing in mind that property relations are
constantly exchanging meanings ? Against this background : do we have to
rethink and re-evaluate the notion of Odesign¹ as such ?
The research project Imaginary Property consists of three parts that are
inextricably linked up with each other and are to be addressed
simultaneously rather than consecutively.
The first part is analytical in nature and traces the primarily
non-juridical impact as well as the practical implications of the
concept of imaginary property¹ through various disciplines such as
philosophy, psychoanalysis, economics, cybernetics, architecture, new
media and design theory. The analytical part will start off with a
symposium (on 6 June) that shows the scope of the project and its impact on contemporary design practices. The symposium will bring about an interview and lecture series in which guest speakers partake.
The second part consists of a series of evaluations and examinations of experimental design, Ocounter-design¹ or Ore-design¹ projects. Specific
proposals for new models of ownership based on open-source and free
circulation of networked images will be developed and realized.
Supposing that images are the products of struggles for imagination,
this part examines in a practical way how social relationships are
configured, designed and performed in connection with the images that
are supposed to be owned, used and displayed as one’s property.
Imaginary Property deals with the imagination and the redrawing of
social relationships with people who could also use and enjoy images,
modify or alter images, play images or play with images. Is it possible,
practically and conceptually, to (reverse) engineer imaginary
property¹ ? How to show highly valuable images and visualize processes in a way that anticipates and allows for modulations, modifications and
unpredictable proliferation ? Can a museum redesign a show and make it or even parts of its collection freely accessible through the digital
public domain ? Is it possible for a political campaign to go fully Oopen
source¹ ? How can such a public release be realized and what would it
actually look like ?
Thirdly, the results of the analytical part and the examinations will be
documented more or less in real-time and made accessible on a multimedia
website. The idea is further to make a publication in print as well as a
collaborative, networked video project.
The research project Imaginary Property is looking for design
practitioners who wish to tackle fundamental issues and query
conventions of disciplines such as film, multimedia, web design,
networking and architecture. It further seeks to involve theory-minded
researchers who are not afraid of Oan image¹.
Symposium : 6 June 2008, 4 PM Speakers : Franco Berardi, Anselm Franke,
Candidates interested in this project can apply with a research
proposal. Selected candidates gain the position of researcher at the
Design department of the Jan van Eyck Academie.
Deadline applications : 15 June 2008.
The project will start as of Fall 2008.
For application details and form, see :