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Tom Cubbin

Universitetslektor

Tom Cubbin
Universitetslektor
Akademisk grad: Doktor,
tom.cubbin@hdk.gu.se
031-786 5564
0766-185564

Postadress: Box 131, 40530 Göteborg
Besöksadress: Kristinelundsgatan 6 - 8 , 41137 Göteborg


HDK - Högskolan för design och konsthantverk (Mer information)
Box 131
405 30 Göteborg
www.hdk.gu.se/sv
info@hdk.gu.se
Fax: 031-786 4888

Besöksadress: Kristinelundsgatan 6 - 8 , 405 30 Göteborg

Om Tom Cubbin

 I am a design historian with an interest in material culture and design practice in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. My research has focussed on the professionalization of design in the USSR during the 1960s, and its development in subsequent decades.

My PhD thesis, entitled "Critical Soviet Design: Senezh studio and the utopian imagination in late socialism" (University of Sheffield, 2012-2016) is the first academic study of the socialist critical design practice known as artistic projecteering [khudozhestvennoe proektirovanie], developed at the Central Experimental Studio of the Soviet Union Artists between 1964 and 1991 (commonly referred to as Senezh studio). While some Soviet designers saw their practice as ‘applied science,’ Senezh studio was established to develop practical and theoretical tools for overcoming technocratic tendencies in Soviet design.

The thesis charts the development of artistic projecteering as a tool for social critique in relation to the labour environment, urban and natural heritage, propaganda and media. In particular, I demonstrate how designers engaged and domesticated concepts associated with the postmodern turn in capitalist design culture.

In previous research (V&A/RCA, 2010-2012), I have explored changing conceptions of the domestic interior at the Soviet Institute for Technical Aesthetics, with particular reference to the reception of theories of post-industrial society in the USSR.

As a teacher, I am responsible for developing the design studies components of design education at the School of Design and Crafts. My focus is primarily on the BA in Design, with some contributions to the MA course. I am currently developing courses that will introduce design students to a broad set of methods and concepts that will help to develop analytical skills and critical self-awareness for those entering the design profesion. These include introductions to material culture studies, the history of ethics in design, and the designer's relationship to the natural world. I have previously worked as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London.

Senaste publikationer

The Communist Surround: Propositions for multimedia in the Post-Authoritarian City
Tom Cubbin
Nordic Summer University Winter Session: Appropriating Technology for Societal Change, Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet) 2017
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)

In Search of a New Unity: Art and Technology in Soviet Design 1965-1971
Tom Cubbin
Zwischen Sputnik und Ölkrise: Kybernetik in Architektur, Planung und Design, ed. Oliver Sukrow, Berlin, DOM Publishers, Kapitel i bok 2017
Kapitel i bok

The science city as a model for imagining creative communities in the USSR after 1968
Tom Cubbin
Architecture of the imagination: creativity in exile during the Soviet period, Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet) 2017
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)

A Quiet Conversation Among Things: Memory, Agency and Materiality at the End of History
Tom Cubbin
Ralf T. Fisher Workshop: The Soviet Home: Domestic Ideology and Practice, Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet) 2017
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)

Postmodern Propaganda? Semiotics, environment and the historical turn in Soviet design 1972–1985
Tom Cubbin
Journal of Design History, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2017
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

Open Form and the Polish Influence on Soviet Design of the 1960s
Tom Cubbin
Herito - heritage, culture and the present, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2016
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

Open Form and the Polish Influence on Soviet Design of the 1960s
Tom Cubbin
Herito: Heritage, Culture and the Present, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2016
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

Beyond utopia: rediscovering the lost legacy of Soviet design
Tom Cubbin
Calvert Journal, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2016
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

Tom Cubbin discusses the tensions at the new IKEA museum
Tom Cubbin
Dezeen, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2016
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

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2017

The Communist Surround: Propositions for multimedia in the Post-Authoritarian City
Tom Cubbin
Nordic Summer University Winter Session: Appropriating Technology for Societal Change, Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet) 2017
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)

In Search of a New Unity: Art and Technology in Soviet Design 1965-1971
Tom Cubbin
Zwischen Sputnik und Ölkrise: Kybernetik in Architektur, Planung und Design, ed. Oliver Sukrow, Berlin, DOM Publishers, Kapitel i bok 2017
Kapitel i bok

The science city as a model for imagining creative communities in the USSR after 1968
Tom Cubbin
Architecture of the imagination: creativity in exile during the Soviet period, Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet) 2017
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)

A Quiet Conversation Among Things: Memory, Agency and Materiality at the End of History
Tom Cubbin
Ralf T. Fisher Workshop: The Soviet Home: Domestic Ideology and Practice, Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet) 2017
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)

Postmodern Propaganda? Semiotics, environment and the historical turn in Soviet design 1972–1985
Tom Cubbin
Journal of Design History, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2017
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

2016

Open Form and the Polish Influence on Soviet Design of the 1960s
Tom Cubbin
Herito - heritage, culture and the present, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2016
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

Open Form and the Polish Influence on Soviet Design of the 1960s
Tom Cubbin
Herito: Heritage, Culture and the Present, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2016
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

Beyond utopia: rediscovering the lost legacy of Soviet design
Tom Cubbin
Calvert Journal, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2016
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

Tom Cubbin discusses the tensions at the new IKEA museum
Tom Cubbin
Dezeen, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2016
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

Visar 1 - 10 av 17

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