The Adhocracy READER is the e-Book that unfolds the issues that widens up and deepen the theoretical, historical and empirical theme of the exhibition Adhocracy ATHENS. The publication also tries to get rid from the assumption of what a catalog should be. It does not collect or list exhibited projects; but the ideas and texts which have inspired both the curators and practitioners of the selected projects.
Since its first edition for the Istanbul Design Biennial 2021—curated by Joseph Grima with Ethel Baraona, Pelin Tan and Elian Stefa as associate curators—, Adhocracy attempted to produce a snapshot of a contemporary cultural condition challenging the notion of design but also exploring ongoing struggles defining new power and authority structures, new economic frameworks, and new ways of being political. While questioning where does the work of the designer ends and control of the user takes over?, the curatorial team was recognizing the disruptive power of a new social composite merging “individuals and corporations, designers and manufacturers, teenagers and philosophers”. Setting aside from the techno-optimism of new distributed forms of production, characteristic of the Maker movement or open design advocates, Adhocracy has put the focus on the processes allowing people to get rid of market stereotyping and challenging the rules of capitalist consumerism.”
Come up and explore on this publication that, beyond the promise of growth and the rhetoric of austerity, “there are other economies and other worlds, and they are in this one.”