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I Can Afford Subversive Dreams
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Design.
2017 (English)In: Letters to the Future: Cumulus Conference Proceedings Bengaluru 2017 / [ed] Ayisha Abraham, Pooja Sagar, Tapasya Thapa, Bangalore & Espoo: Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology & Cumulus international Association of universities and Colleges in Art, design and Media , 2017, p. 79-88Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Wellbeing is a rare luxury. It can even be a fragile utopia for many so-called extreme users- people whose bodies, lives or interests are considered to fall out of the accepted norms. In its extreme, normative society ́s apprehensions, directed towards extreme users, can manifest as fears or phobias, for example, homophobia, transphobia or ableism.

Continuously confronted with marginalisation and discrimination, extreme users have to develop considerable ambition to ensure their own wellbeing. This ambition can take the form of exploration and creation of options through play. I am a privileged extreme user because I feel I canafford to play. As an artist, I play at performing alternative realities and possible utopias. As a designer, I play at creating my own space in the world through, what I call, subversive design. That is, the subversive modification or creation of objects, languages or systems that meet the needs of users neglected by dominant norms. This paper introduces the concept of subversive design and its significance for society, using examples of transmasculine and non-binary clothing strategies. In conclusion, it argues that society could become more sustainable through merging subversive design, inclusive design and participatory design to enable wellbeing and equality for everyone.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bangalore & Espoo: Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology & Cumulus international Association of universities and Colleges in Art, design and Media , 2017. p. 79-88
Series
Cumulus Conference Proceedings Series, ISSN 2490-046X ; 2
Keywords [en]
subversive design, extreme users, transgender
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Design Gender Studies
Research subject
Design; Social Sciences, Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82221ISBN: 978-952-60-0087-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-82221DiVA, id: diva2:1307129
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Cumulus Conference, Bengaluru 2017: Letters to the Future
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