Wild: Design for a World Beyond Control
Uro Publications hosted an evening to discuss systems through the lens of the ‘wild’ as featured in the recently released 29th edition of Kerb, an annual cross-disciplinary design journal produced at RMIT University. Hosted at Composite, Collingwood Yards, a select panel of the journals’ editors and contributors discuss the human/wild binary, empty wilderness, ‘abandonment’ and ‘othering’, as well as emergent practices in designing with wildness and digital tools.
How can reimagining what is ‘wild’ liberate us from our damaging systems of control? An expanding array of human-made disturbances confronts our world. We are seeing climate crises, a global pandemic, species extinctions and land degradation, and yet the full extent of humankind’s impact on the planet remains uncertain. The systems we have established to civilise and control our environment have distanced us from our landscapes, their non-human inhabitants and each other, leading to unintended but deeply destructive consequences for all. The recently released 29th edition of Kerb, an annual cross-disciplinary design journal produced at RMIT University. examines these systems through the lens of the ‘wild’.