TOTAL DESIGN

Publicity photograph and reference diagram, 1982, each 28.5 x 22 cm

A willful misapplication of the term “relational aesthetics” is suggestive when considering a set of group portraits from design practices of the last 40 years. How is the practice organized? What are its working methods? Who is in charge? Who makes the coffee?

(“Group Theory: a short course in relational aesthetics,” Mark Owens & David Reinfurt, Dot Dot Dot #7, 2003)