Of tennis courts and fireplaces: Neurath's internment on the Isle of Man and his politics of design

Henning, Michelle (2015) Of tennis courts and fireplaces: Neurath's internment on the Isle of Man and his politics of design. In: Politics, Democratic Education and Empowerment: The Case of Otto Neurath (1992-1945) Universität Wien / Institute Vienna Circle Symposium, 28 May 2015, Vienna, Austria. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This talk is based in archival research in Otto Neurath’s correspondence and papers, and secondary and primary reading on the Isle of Man, and on wartime internment policy. It is also based in my own brief research at the Manx Museum in Douglas, my visit to the site of the Onchan internment camp and discussion with friends and relatives of internees in nearby camps. My argument, however is speculative and heuristic, and should be taken in that spirit. In this paper I am interested in teasing out connections, and in working with unresolved loose ends from my research, to address the connections between Neurath's ideas about interior design, furnishing and architecture or everyday objects (chairs, fireplaces, tennis courts, and shoes), with his lived experience of internment and in the context of 1940s Britain.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Otto Neurath, design, internment, second world war, Isle of Man, Vienna Circle, Isotype, functionalism
Subjects: Arts > Art and design history
Arts
Depositing User: Michelle Henning
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2017 18:35
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2017 10:10
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3916

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