Raising the Dead: Repair as Re-appropriation in Critical Design

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Myf Doughty


In this article, I examine Dale Hardiman and Stephen Royce’s critical design work Open Garden: Digital Mirror (2020) to explore their approach to the reuse and modification of electronic waste (e-waste) and proprietary software of the iPhone 8. Drawing on Mark Fisher’s theory of the weird, along with Sara Ahmed’s concept of ‘queer use’ and John Scanlan’s cultural theory of garbage, I consider how the designers’ conspicuously clandestine re-appropriation of the effective and affective properties of discarded devices animates the physical and metaphysical possibilities of repair. I demonstrate how re-appropriation as repair can precipitate a form of weird design that provokes reflection on the possibilities and potentialities of deviance and departure within the discipline.

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Doughty, M. (2024). Raising the Dead: Repair as Re-appropriation in Critical Design. Diseña, (24), Article.8. https://doi.org/10.7764/disena.24.Article.8
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Myf Doughty, Monash University

Independent curator and researcher. Her work explores the possibilities of collective and relational curatorial practices as change praxis for art institutions in and amidst crises. After holding a Bachelor of Design (graphics and ceramics) degree from the University of New South Wales, she earned a Master of Teaching (Art and Media) from Deakin University. She is a PhD candidate at Monash University (WonderLab, Department of Design). She served as a curator of contemporary design and architecture at the National Gallery of Victoria, contributing to numerous local and international exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Previous publications include ‘Designing for the Deep’ (Horizons Magazine, 2023); ‘All That is Solid’ (in NGV Triennial 2, National Gallery of Victoria, 2020); and ‘Beyond Pretty: The Possibilities of Contemporary Jewellery’ (in She Persists: Perspectives on Women in Art and Design, National Gallery of Victoria, 2020).


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