From Design in Religion to Sacred in Design

By: Zoltán Körösvölgyi  

“There is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwilling to resolve.” Following the quote from Miroslav Volf, the presentation attempts to investigate questions raised by the author’s research of contemporary sacred art embedded in the field of design culture studies, with regard of the relation of design and religion. What can design learn from religion—and vice versa—in the era of the Capitalocene? Theories of sacred design to sacred service design suggest a wide range of approaches. The paper suggests that design culture and its academic studies, as “it forces one to move beyond the enervated position of the detached or alienated observer overwhelmed by images” to become “mobilized not merely as analysis, but as a generative mode that produces new sensibilities, attitudes, approaches, and intellectual processes in design practice” and the sacred, as it “inhabits this gap between knowing and doing, and could thus be a powerful counterforce to akrasia” show analogies, and can thus cooperate in providing a relevant and effective answer for major current challenges. In support of the arguments, the presentation uses works from Ferenc Svindt’s oeuvre as a case study.

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Zoltán Körösvölgyi

Lecturer, Department of Musicology, Liszt University of Music (Liszt Academy), Hungary

A crossover professional with a wide range of work experience in several fields, businesses and positions. Currently, a lecturer of art history and art management at the Liszt University of Music, Budapest, as well as a PhD student/researcher in art theory (design culture studies) at the Doctoral School of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, meanwhile still working in marketing communication.