Professor Dale Russell

Dale is an internationally renowned design practitioner, a futurist and academic.
She advocates innovative design through the synthesis of foresight, research, and practice to initiate people-centred design. introducing narrative insight and understandings as we shape our future, her creative and strategic guidance inspires visionary design cultures and projects in design and technology teams across a diverse blue-chip portfolio. she is Visiting Professor, Innovation Design Engineering, Royal College of Art joint MA/MSc with Imperial College and Honorary Fellow of the RCA; Visiting Professor, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London; and advisor to UAL research centres: Design Against Crime (DACRC), Textile Futures (TFRG),  and Spatial Practices.

Dale provoked second. She provoked us with insights into objects as materials that do things. That live. That are by their very design themselves from the inside out, and the outside in; from the code of their makeup to the form they inhabit and the function they perform. Where will these object-materials take us, now that we have created them?


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Object abuse asks the question:
who or what is being abused?

Object Abuse has been set up to provide a platform for people to discuss, provoke and question the very nature and orientation of objects. The aim is to readdress the unquestioned drives of our collective pursuits, to turn the tables on the object-subject dynamic.

This investigation’s relevance is reflected in recent developments in philosophy, shifts in our socio-cultural landscape and is finding expression in the visual arts. This questioning of our human-centric perspective is reflected through current ideas found in the works of Bruno Latour, Graham Harman, Quentin Meillassoux, Anselm Franke and others.

The question: what exactly is object abuse is by no means obvious, when you think about it, who is to say the object in question is passive and not active? Also it is worth asking where does the form of abuse originate from? What qualifies abuse, is it quantifiable, can we identify subtler variations? And for that matter; what is an object, or rather can we say what is not an object…with any real certainty?

OA‘s function is to invite a multidisciplinary engagement; to be a forum, a curatorial framework and an archival space.

We welcome expressions of interest and contributions to the ongoing debate.