Michael Erlhoff: Some Annotations Between File and Life

Of course, and not only in design, we have to learn to criticise those banal ideologies that try to convince us to believe in security, in good and bad, in strict categories, in definitions and in a linear logical structure. Instead, we have to understand and to cope with associative logical dimensions and the fact that most innovations derive from mistakes and misunderstandings, with confusion as the reality of fusion, and with uncertainty and blur as the multi-dimensional quality of theory, of life and also of design. The text will try to argue for this and to explain it somehow.

Michael Erlhoff is professor (em.) of design theory and history at Köln International School of Design (KISD). He was founding dean of KISD and,former CEO of the German Design Council. Erlhoff has published many books on design and on art and culture-related themes. He is a member of the German Association for Design Theory and Research, of the international Gender Design Network and of AICA. He regularly gives guest lectures and conducts workshops at international universities and he is a frequent member of national and international design juries. In 2016, Erlhoff was appointed honorary professor at Braunschweig University of Art.