Designing Economic Cultures is a three year long research project that Brave New Alps have been carrying on since January 2011 investigating the relationship between socio-economic precarity and the production of socially and politically engaged design projects. The main question they are trying to answer is: how can designers, who through their work want to question and challenge the prevalent economic system with its organisational forms and problematic consequences, gain a satisfying degree of social and economic security without having to submit themselves to the commercial pressures of the market? I was one of the persons involved for the interviews and here’s the result. ——— CONVERSATION This conversation was held in Zoe’s kitchen in Milan in February 2012. Bianca Elzenbaumer: Considering all the creative activist groups you have initiated and been part of, we are wondering what path brought you to be so thoroughly engaged with precarity. Could you trace your path for us? Zoe Romano: At the beginning I
(EN) In 2004 I curated the graphic and infographics in the Precarity Issue of Greenpepper Magazine. I still remember the brainstorming we did to create these logic chains of precarity, still up to date with what we are living today. ———– (IT) Nel 2004 ho curato la grafica e le infografiche nel Precarity Issue del Greenpepper Magazine. Ancora mi ricordo il brainstorming che abbiamo fatto per realizzare queste catene logiche della precarietà, attuali anche oggi.