International Journal of Art & Design Education

Art and Design Regeneration: NSEAD Presidential Address 1990

Volume 10.2   1991



Three interests are identified. First, that of functionalist design that embraces the notion of 'prime fitness'. Second, that the fundamental principles of art are naturally regenerative, and third that art does not of itself effect regeneration, but does so by engaging, highlighting, and focusing attention upon issues of human conscience and conduct. While the first two of these interests are compatible and can increasingly be found in the modernist Art and Technology(Design) coupling that curriculum legislators have subscribed to, the third, representing the logic of post-modernism, is not. The general argument proposed here is that before modernist values become embedded in curricula we should stand back and perhaps consider preferable alternatives that are more appropriate for our times.