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Precarious objects: Activism and design in Italy

Ilaria Vanni


Precarious objects is a book about activism and design. The context is the changes in work and employment from permanent to precarious arrangements in the twenty-first century in Italy. The book presents design interventions that address precarity as a defuturing force affecting political, social and material conditions. Precarious objects shows how design objects, called here ‘orientation devices’, recode political communication and reorient how things are imagined, produced and circulated. It also shows how design as a practice can reconfigure material conditions and prefigure ways to repair ... More

Keywords: design activism, precarity, redirective practices, making, orientation devices, laboratory Italy, EuroMayDay, defuturing, power-geometry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781526135537
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7765/9781526135544


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilaria Vanni, author
University of Technology Sydney