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Tom Cubbin

Senior lecturer

Tom Cubbin
Senior lecturer
tom.cubbin@hdk.gu.se
+46 31 786 5564
+46 (0)766-185564

Postal Address: Box 131, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Kristinelundsgatan 6 - 8 , 41137 Göteborg


HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts (More Information)
Box 131
405 30 Göteborg
www.hdk.gu.se/sv
info@hdk.gu.se
Fax: +46 31 786 4888
Visiting Address: Kristinelundsgatan 6 - 8 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Tom Cubbin

I am a design historian with an interest in the relationship between the fetish object and the designer/maker.

My current research examines the development of craft practices involved in producing gay male fetish equipment (primarily leather and rubber clothing and accessories) from the 1960s to the 1980s. The project places the fetish object at the intersection of artisanal skill, social economic markets, and the production of desire among those who share a gay male cultural identity.

My previous and ongoing research has taken the commodity object as a starting point an investigation of critical design cultures within the USSR. My forthcoming book 'The Communist Surround: Soviet Critical Design 1964 - 1991' (provisional title) examines the professionalization of design in the USSR during the 1960s, and its development in subsequent decades. The book 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 explore how the revival of Soviet productivism led to the production of model communist 'surrounds' that imagined a parallel world of free networked communication outside of totalitarian mass media.

As a teacher, I am responsible for developing the Design and Humantities components of design education at the School of Design and Crafts at BA and MA levels. 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.

Courses Taught:

Design and Heritage (Independent Course)

Introduction to design history and theory (BA Year 1)

The Lives of Objects (BA Year 2)

Design as Exploratory Practice (MA Year 1)

Design in a Socio-Cultural Context (MA Year 1)

Preparation for Thesis Project (MA Year 2)

 

 

Latest publications

The Communist Surround: Propositions for multimedia in the Post-Authoritarian City
Tom Cubbin
Nordic Summer University Winter Session: Appropriating Technology for Societal Change, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

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, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Open Form and the Polish Influence on Soviet Design of the 1960s
Tom Cubbin
Herito - heritage, culture and the present, Magazine article 2016
Magazine article

Open Form and the Polish Influence on Soviet Design of the 1960s
Tom Cubbin
Herito: Heritage, Culture and the Present, Magazine article 2016
Magazine article

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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, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

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, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

2016

Open Form and the Polish Influence on Soviet Design of the 1960s
Tom Cubbin
Herito - heritage, culture and the present, Magazine article 2016
Magazine article

Open Form and the Polish Influence on Soviet Design of the 1960s
Tom Cubbin
Herito: Heritage, Culture and the Present, Magazine article 2016
Magazine article

Showing 1 - 10 of 18

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