Agenda

August

Learning from Japan

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen / DK
25.08.2017 – 01.09.2017
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The Designmuseum Danmark highlights what frogs, insects and reptiles have in common with Danish craft and design, in an exhibition which focuses on Japan’s culture and design scene as an inspiration for Danish design. 

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Rot – Eine Filminstallation im Raum

Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main / DE
06.08.2017 – 13.08.2017
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What do strong emotions like love, rage and hate have in common? We associate them with the traffic light colour Red – a colour also used in film for aesthetic and narrative reasons. The German Film Museum in Frankfurt, the Deutsche Filmmuseum, is currently presenting “Red” a film installation of light, sound and film compilations projected onto a total of eleven large-area screens. Using a variety of staging points such as “Character Red”, “Object Red” and the so-called “Red Room” visitors can experience the versatile application and use of the different effects of the colour red in moving pictures.

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Big Bang Data

DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prag / CZ
07.08.2017 – 14.08.2017
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Every day, we all generate an increasing volume of data – with our smartphones, on social networks, when shopping online or via GPS sensors. Over the past five years, scientists, academics and government organisations, companies, and the cultural sector have also noticed this phenomenon. The exhibition entitled “Big Bang Data” in the Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague tackles the various possibilities and scenarios offered by this subject. 

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Sew Long!
Fashion in Slovakia 1945–1989.

Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava / SK
13.08.2017 – 20.08.2017
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The exhibition “Sew Long! Fashion in Slovakia 1945–1989” charts the fashion industry in Slovakia and explores its development under a totalitarian regime. An accompanying publication called "Lost Fashion: Clothing Culture in Slovakia 1945 – the 1989th" is also available.

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Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons. Art of the In-Between

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / US
28.08.2017 – 04.09.2017
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In its latest exhibition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines the fascination Rei Kawakubo has for the in-between, which is expressed in her work with an aesthetic sensibility and visual ambiguity. Conventional ideas of beauty, good taste, and elegance are challenged. The exhibition is, however, not a traditional retrospective, but should rather be seen as a thematic show in which almost 140 examples from Kawakubo’s womenswear collection for Comme des Garçons ranging from the 1980s to the present can be viewed. All the objects are organised into nine aesthetic opposing pairs: absence/presence, design/not design, fashion/anti-fashion, model/multiple, high/low, then/now, self/other, object/subject, and clothes/not clothes.

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Dan Friedman. Radical Modernist

Chicago Design Museum, Chicago / US
05.08.2017 – 12.08.2017
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The exhibition "Dan Friedman. Radical Modernist" runs until the 12 August 2017. The design exhibition was curated by Friedman himself and showcases the outcome of his engagement with "Radical Modernism". Friedman is regarded as one of the leading figures of Postmodernism and his work contributed significantly to the movement of New Wave Design. Friedman curated "Radical Modernist" in the last years of his life and the exhibition brings together important works by this graphic and furniture designer. 

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Dan Friedman. Radical Modernist

Chicago Design Museum, Chicago / US
05.08.2017 – 12.08.2017
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The exhibition "Dan Friedman. Radical Modernist" runs until the 12 August 2017. The design exhibition was curated by Friedman himself and showcases the outcome of his engagement with "Radical Modernism". Friedman is regarded as one of the leading figures of Postmodernism and his work contributed significantly to the movement of New Wave Design. Friedman curated "Radical Modernist" in the last years of his life and the exhibition brings together important works by this graphic and furniture designer. 

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Flying Saucer

Pinakothek der Moderne, München / DE
05.08.2017 – 12.08.2017
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The Neue Sammlung is currently presenting the Futuro house on the space outside the Pinakothek der Moderne. The twenty-five square metre house designed by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen counts as being one of the first series-produced plastic buildings and construction icons of the 1960s.

The house is located in an event space suitable for an extensive summer programme that will not only highlight the eventful history of the house but also the visions that were linked with plastic architecture. Presentations will be given by various lecturers including Tim Bechthold, Cora Geissler, Pamela Voigt, Elke Genzel and Marko Home.

Visitors to the Pinkothek der Moderne can view the Futuro on Thursdays from 3 - 8 pm and on weekends from 3 - 6 pm. 

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V&A Illustration Awards 2017

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / UK
13.08.2017 – 20.08.2017
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Die V&A Illustration Awards des Victoria and Albert Museums in London zählen zu den renommiertesten Wettbewerben für Illustration in Großbritannien. Seit 1972 werden im jährlichen Turnus besonders herausragende Arbeiten aus den Kategorien Illustrator des Jahres, Buchcover-Design, Buchillustration, studentischer Illustrator des Jahres und der Zweitplatzierte dieser Kategorie gekürt. Die Arbeiten der Gewinner sind noch bis zum 20. August 2017 in der National Art Library des Victoria and Albert Museums ausgestellt. Die prämierten Bücher werden wie jedes Jahr dem Bestand der National Art Library zugeführt und können in den Lesesälen der Bibliothek gelesen werden.

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unREAL.
Die algorithmische Gegenwart

House of Electronic Arts, Basel / CH
13.08.2017 – 20.08.2017
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Through the Internet, our perception and experience of reality has acquired different levels of complexity – and it is only getting more complex. The House of Electronic Arts in Basel, the Haus der elektronischen Künste, is dedicated to the new complexities of the digital age. With 24 works by international artists, the exhibition “unREAL. The Algorithmic Present” attempts to critically question our digital presence and looks for and explores alternative perspectives. In the exhibition, the immateriality of the digital is made tangible and can be engaged with through all the senses. 

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Bauhaus in Bewegung

Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin / DE
01.03.2017 – 09.10.2017
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As part of the Bauhaus-Archiv’s relocation, the exhibition “Bauhaus in Motion” will be displaying highlights from the museum’s collection in the old building for the last time. The title indicates the common theme running throughout the exhibition; on show are movement studies from the foundation course as well as architecture, furniture, ceramics, metal, paintings, and graphics from the workshops and photographs from the various Bauhaus personalities. The Bauhaus seems always to have been in motion on account of its relocations from Weimar to Dessau and to Berlin and also given that its protagonists went into exile. Represented in the exhibition are Bauhaus teachers such as Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, László Moholy-Nagy, but the work of many students is on display, too.

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Mudun. Urban Cultures in Transit

Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein / DE
13.05.2017 – 20.08.2017
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Am Freitag, den 12. Mai 2017 findet um 18 Uhr die Vernissage der Ausstellung „Mudun. Urban Cultures in Transit“ in der Gallerie des Vitra Design Museums statt. In zeitgenössischen Fotografien, Modellen und Texten nähert sie sich dem kulturellen Leben und der zeitgenössischen Stadtkultur in der MENA-Region (Middle East and North Africa). Das Projekt ist eine Kooperation des Vitra Design Museums mit den Gründern des Brownbook-Magazins, die ihr Archiv zur Verfügung gestellt haben.

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Food Revolution 5.0

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
19.05.2017 – 29.10.2017
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Food is the basis of our existence, but in our present prosperous society food has long been part of an eccentric self-portrayal and has almost become a religion. In contrast with this, on the other side of the world, increasing numbers of people battle to survive: climate change, scarcity of resources, an increasing population, hunger, and geopolitical crises require us to rethink – in terms of production, packaging, sales, consumption, and waste disposal. The exhibition “Food Revolution 5.0. Design for Tomorrow’s Society” is dedicated to this subject with visions and concepts by designers, architects, and scientists, and poses pressing questions in this context: What does the future of our food look like in a growth-driven society characterised by dwindling resources?

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Nendo: Invisible Outlines

Centre d’Innovation et de Design au Grand-Hornu, Hornu / BE
21.05.2017 – 01.10.2017
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The exhibition entitled “Nendo: Invisible Outlines” follows on from a presentation in Hornu given in 2013 on the same theme. The “Nendo phenomenon”, which developed at some considerable speed, describes the development and work of the Japanese collective led by Oki Sato. His designs are characterised by a continuous consistency and powerful design language, and are pervaded by simple lines with a certain humorous twist. Irrespective of whether it is dealing with furniture, accessories, cutlery, interior designs or architecture, studio Nendo gives all its works the same natural rigour and its own striking poetry.

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Ein Stilraum zum 85. Geburtstag von Dieter Rams 

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main / DE
21.05.2017 – 15.10.2017
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Das Museum Angewandte Kunst eröffnet am Samstag, den 20. Mai 2017 um 17 Uhr einen Stilraum anlässlich des 85. Geburtstags von Dieter Rams. Der Industriedesigner wird persönlich bei der Eröffnung anwesend sein.

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California

The Design Museum, London / UK
24.05.2017 – 15.10.2017
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The London Design Museum’s exhibition “California” tackles the assertion that “Designed in California” is the new “Made in Italy”. Although mid-century modernism (form 268, p. 88) in California is well-documented, this exhibition is the first to discuss its current global influence. The exhibition begins with the 1960s and traces the counterculture (to the technical culture in Silicon Valley). In the past, California has been a pioneer for personal liberty in various things ranging from LSD to skateboards and iPhones. The exhibition displays political posters, personal computers, and self-driving cars and additionally includes works by user interface designers alongside hardware.

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Biennial of Design Ljubljana

Ljubljana / SI
25.05.2017 – 29.10.2017
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The Biennial of Design Ljubljana was the first of its kind to be founded in Europe back in 1964 with the aim of serving as a long-term and collaborative testing ground for design and the improvement of everyday living conditions. This year sees its 25th edition under the title of “Faraway, So Close” dedicated to tackling alternatives to the urban habitat. Even though the urban space is still valid as a contemporary model, people nevertheless leave on their search for other solutions. Against the backdrop of this development, the biennial devises concepts over seven sites across Slovenia and in co-operation with international design studios for new potential living environments.

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Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago / US
06.06.2017 – 24.09.2017
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The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is best known for his work with Kanye West and the fashion house of Louis Vuitton and his characters inspired by anime. During his career, Murakami has blurred the boundaries between high and mass culture, antique and modern, east and west. In a comprehensive retrospective, the exhibition “Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” presents 50 of his works spanning three decades. The works show the artist’s roots in Japanese painting and folklore and his careful use of handwork and materials. In addition, his perceptive view of themes such as globalisation, media culture, and the unaltered dangers caused by nuclear power are picked up on.

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Erik Mortensen – Haute Couture

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen / DK
16.06.2017 – 31.01.2018
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Erik Mortensen (1926–1998), the Danish fashion designer, moved to Copenhagen at just 16 years old, where he was apprenticed to Holger Blom, one of the most famous fashion designers of the time. At the age of 22, Mortensen then made his way to Paris to work for the fashion house Pierre Balmain. After being appointed Balmain’s first assistant in 1951, he became head designer in 1982 on the death of his mentor. The Designmuseum Danmark is now dedicating a special exhibition to the designer entitled “Eric Mortensen – Haute Couture”. In addition to 70 of his creations from his most successful creative period from 1982 to 1995, the exhibition also displays a selection of the designer’s drawings and designs.

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Vienna Biennale 2017

Wien / AT
21.06.2017 – 01.10.2017
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The second Vienna Biennale begins on 21 June 2017. Taking the slogan “Robots. Work. Our Future” the four-month programme will focus on the effects of progressive digitalisation on our working lives and our society in general in a series of exhibitions, symposia, workshops and performances. With a wide range of thematic specialisations and varied contributions from the fields of art, design and architecture, the Biennale is aimed at both a professional audience and the general public. 

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Bikes! Das Fahrrad neu erfinden

Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig / DE
22.06.2017 – 01.10.2017
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Amongst the rising trends in urban mobility, bicycle designs and their utilisation concepts have changed considerably in recent years. Innovations in technology, material, and design have clearly influenced bicycle fittings. Against this background, the Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Leipzig is displaying current trends in contemporary bicycle design in “Bikes! Re-inventing the Bicycle”. Amongst the exhibits are more than sixty bicycles from the past decade hailing from Europe and the US, as well as various cargo bikes and folding bicycles. In addition, bicycles made of different materials such as bamboo, carbon, and titanium are on display, as well as designs for electric motors to change conventional bikes into e-bikes at the click of a switch.

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Domaine de Boisbuchet

Domaine de Boisbuchet, Lessac / FR
25.06.2017 – 23.09.2017
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Over 25 years ago, Alexander von Vegesack fulfilled his dream by purchasing the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France. He wanted to create a place, where design and education – in the widest sense – could meet. Since then, every year experts and students have been coming together to work on and develop new methods of solving design problems. From 25 June to 23 September 2017, a wide programme of workshops with architects and designers from around the world will take place. Th e workshops will each last one week and will be organised on very different topics. In addition to providing inspiration for one’s own work, the workshops will also offer wonderful opportunities to network with like-minded people.

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Breathing Colour

The Design Museum, London / UK
28.06.2017 – 24.09.2017
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Using her own research findings, the exhibition, “Breathing Colour” by Hella Jongerius presents how colour behaves in relation to shapes, materials, shadows, and reflections, and how it can influence our experience of products. In her work, Jongerius combines the traditional with the contemporary, and links new technologies with centuries-old craft techniques. The exhibition displays a range of phenomenological studies and, in so doing, repeatedly questions the element of colour. The designer sees her own work as part of an endless process, which is transferred to the designs emanating from her design studio Jongeriuslab: even finished products are always part of a larger whole – with a past and an uncertain future.

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Sound and Matter in Design

Design Museum Holon / IL
29.06.2017 – 28.10.2017
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In recent years, sensory experiences such as hearing have increasingly influenced the way we experience and process the world around us and the way we communicate with our environment – which in turn also has an effect on the discipline of design. As a result, this can affect both the actual and the virtual world in the same measure. Against this background, the latest exhibition “Sound and Matter in Design” in the Design Museum Holon is focusing on this theme from 29 June to 28 October 2017. On show will be sound objects, loudspeakers, and music by international designers, together with interactive installations by local designers.

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Design talks Politics

Designxport, Hamburg / DE
30.06.2017 – 09.09.2017
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The exhibition “Design talks Politics”, held in the exhibition and event centre of Designxport in Hamburg, showcases the role designers can occupy in political debates. From 1 July to 9 September, key visuals by many renowned illustrators and designers from Germany and around the world will be shown there as political statements. The exhibition shows how, with creative media, designers position themselves as opinion formers and to communicate with the public on political issues. Key visuals will be exhibited by Ruedi Baur, Mirko Borsche, Esra Büyükdoganay, Esther Czaya, Stefan Sagmeister and others.

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Design Kosmos

Direktorenhaus, Berlin / DE
30.06.2017 – 10.09.2017
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The first comprehensive show of works by the designer Hermann August Weizenegger will take place at the Direktoren Haus (Director's House) in Berlin from 30 June to 10 September 2017. The exhibition will open on 29 June with the launch of Weizenegger's book "Design Cosmos". Individual exhibition rooms have been designed to reflect chapters from the book "Design Cosmos". These showcase a world of ideas  where Weizenegger's product series of fashion items, living accessories and expressive furniture are aesthetically integrated. 

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Views on Vegas.

Gutleut, Mainz / DE
04.08.2017 – 18.08.2017
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Las Vegas is famous worldwide as the city of gambling, party excesses and spontaneous weddings. The exhibition “Views on Vegas” at the Gutleut in Mainz shows what life is like for residents of the city outside the seven-kilometre “Strip”. Mainz photographer Daniel Rettig and media designer Hendrik Schneider visited Las Vegas for a period of seven weeks. They aimed to create a portrait of the city and its residents which broke with popular media representations of Vegas, so they spoke to a number of residents. The result was a photo stream with 42 portraits of and interviews with people who described everyday life in their city. The exhibition ends on 18 August 2017 with a lecture by Daniel Rettig and Hendrik Schneider, giving insights into their work on the project and the stories of the people they met on their journey. 

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Streit als Gestaltungsmethode

Universität der Künste , Berlin / DE
07.08.2017 – 11.08.2017
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A five-day workshop at UdK Berlin, held as part of their Summer University, places 'Streit' (dispute/conflict/dissent) in a new light. Participants can explore the creative potential of 'Streit' and translate it into visual graphic design methods. The workshop held from 7–11 August 2017 is offered by graphic designers Thomas Lehner and David Gobber. As part of the Summer University at UdK Berlin, it is open to both prospective students and alumni. Participants in the workshops can gain specific insights into the areas of music, design, performance and free art while deepening their own skills.

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IDSA International Design Conference

Atlanta Marriott Marquis / US
16.08.2017 – 19.08.2017
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Increasingly, design is been treated in business as a strategic advantage and many innovative companies have now integrated design into their work life. The Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) international conference takes place from 16 to 19 August 2017 in Atlanta, and this year is focusing on the interface between design and business. The speakers include the president of Walt Disney Imagineering, Bob Weis, Randy Hunt, vice president of design at the online market place Etsy, Marlisa Kopenski, director of the agency Design Concept, and Max Burton, CEO at Matter. A standard ticket for non-members costs 1,700 US dollars and tickets for students are priced at 750 US dollars.

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Formland Autumn

MCH Messecenter Herning / DK
17.08.2017 – 20.08.2017
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Formland Autumn is showing the latest trends on the Scandinavian design scene from 17 to 20 August 2017. The fair, dedicated to design and interior design for 33 years already and now presenting its 65th edition, brings together experts from the industry for inspiring discussions. Visitors from all around the world can find out about new products in the areas of food, lighting, dining, fashion, and interior. The fair’s supporting programmee also allows visitors to acquire further insights and expert opinions on new trends through talks, workshops, and presentations on topics within design and interior design.

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Typecon

Boston / US
23.08.2017 – 27.08.2017
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The Typecon conference, organised by the non-profit organisation Society of Typographic Aficionados, takes place in a different city each year and is dedicated to promoting and researching typography. In addition to the lectures, various exhibitions, workshops, presentations, panel discussions, and networking events will take place. This year’s speakers include Martina Flor, a Berlin-based designer and illustrator specialised in lettering and custom typography. Among the other speakers are Peter Bella, Nancy Bernardo, Scott Boms, Nadine Chahine, and Spencer Charles. Standard tickets for the conference cost 430 US dollars, and 220 US dollars for students.

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DA Festival.
Knowledge on Tour

Hamburg / DE
23.08.2017 – 25.08.2017
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True to its slogan “Knowledge on Tour”, the DA Festival will be visiting Hamburg from 23 to 25 August 2017 to seek proactive interchange with the general public, to discuss various topics together, and be creative. The festival is an attempt by students at Hyperwerk to create a publication in the form of a festival and to empower the reflections of students and listeners alike by dealing directly with the audience. By combining knowledge transfer and entertainment options, the festival has created a programme that will encourage both visitors and organisers to share deeply about our uncertain future. Hyperwerk is the Institute for Post-industrial Design at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland. It was founded as a learning laboratory to ensure that versatile expertise in post-industrial design was established. 

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UX Week

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco / US
29.08.2017 – 01.09.2017
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The UX Week aims to provide design professionals with new skills and inspiration that they can use directly in their everyday working lives. This year’s contributors include the founder of the 99 % Invisible platform Roman Mars is keynote speaker, as well as Jess McMullin from Situ Strategy, Alastair Somerville, a sensory design consultant at Acuity Design, and Karen McGrane, who works as a managing partner at Bond Art and Science. In addition to the lectures, visitors also have the opportunity to take part in various workshops on topics as diverse as data visualisation, storytelling, prototyping, responsive websites, and the culture of design. The standard price for a ticket to the conference is 2,795 US dollars.

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NEW! NEW!

DOX by Qubus, Prague / CZ
25.08.2017 – 01.09.2017
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The DOX by Qubus Gallery will be presenting an exhibition of the artist and designer Lukáš Novák until 1 September 2017. The title "NEW! NEW!" refers not only to the role that Novák wants to play in the art scene, but also to the artist's ambition of crossing the borders of traditional glass art and of finding new ways of creating unusual glass objects. His works go beyond traditional approaches to glass art and apply an experimental one. For the current series "Ultra Fragile" he has developed his own production method to revive old forms of text and image formation. This method allows him to shape his own slogans and mottos in glass objects, thus giving them a sporty aesthetic with numerous elements from contemporary pop culture. 

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For Fashion’s Sake

Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo / FI
27.08.2017 – 03.09.2017
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“For Fashion’s Sake”, the current exhibition at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art, showcases 13 Nordic fashion designers with radical approaches, working at the borders between fashion and art. Contrary to the expectation, it is not an art exhibition, but rather puts the importance of design at the centre with a particular focus on the representation and the interactivity of the various projects. The designers on show include internationally renowned fashion designers and also those, who are on the brink of discovery, such as María Jónsdóttir, Minna Palmqvist, Hanne Jurmu and Anton Vartiainen as well as Satu Maaranen.

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Social Design Award

24.08.2017 – 31.08.2017
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The slogan for this year’s Social Design Award, sponsored by Spiegel Wissen and Spiegel Online is “Gute Ideen für grüne Stadtoasen” [Good Ideas for Green City Oases]. Submissions should include ideas and designs that look at how people spend time in parks and green areas. The deadline for the submissions is 31 August 2017; anyone can participate – individuals as well as teams. There is one jury prize and one audience prize each with a prize money of 2,500 euros. The award’s organisers are particularly looking for a high level of innovation and a positive social effect. The winners will be announced in Spiegel Wissen and at Spiegel Online on 12 December 2017.

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Sibylle – Die Fotografen

Kunst- und Kulturstiftung Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim / DE
30.08.2017 – 26.11.2017
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[Sibylle – The Photographers] For the first time, an exhibition is looking at the significance of Sibylle, a magazine for fashion and culture, on the development of photography and “artistic imagery in Eastern Germany”. The exhibition, “Sibylle – Die Fotografen”, presents the different photographers, who worked on the magazine and puts them into an historical and cultural context. This women’s magazine was issued six times a year from 1956; the founder and namesake was Sibylle Gerstner. In addition to fashion photographers such as Arno Fischer, Roger Melis, Günter Rössler, and Ute Mahler, the publication also contained very different editorial articles, but did not include the typical advice columns beloved by other women’s magazines. However, production ceased in 1995 for financial reasons.

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September

Chromatic

MUDAC, Lausanne / CH
17.09.2017 – 24.09.2017
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Colour is not an intrinsic property of a material but results from the refraction and reflection of light on an object. The perception – caused by the interaction of light and a material – and the theory of colours are the subject of the exhibition entitled “Chromatic” taking place at the MUDAC in Lausanne. Various shapes and techniques of glass design are presented within the museum’s glass collection and, based on the theory of colour taught by the Swiss artist, Johannes Itten, they are put in a context of contrast as well as primary and complementary colours. The exhibits include works by the Danish glass and ceramic designer Tora Urup, and the Czech glass designers František Vízner and Aleš Vašícek. 

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Werner Aisslinger. House of Wonders

Pinakothek der Moderne, Die neue Sammlung, München / DE
10.09.2017 – 17.09.2017
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For the past year, the Neue Sammlung in Munich has had a new exhibition format. Every year, the organisers invite well-known designers to stage the two-storey Paternoster hall that can be viewed from one of the galleries in the Pinakothek der Moderne in a site-specific manner. Following the “Konstantin Grcic: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” exhibition, which launched the series, Werner Aisslinger will now continue it with a new characteristic project. The Berlin-based designer usually deals with themes of sustainability, upcycling, material innovation, and indoor farming in his works. In this ten-month presentation in Munich, he will be tackling domestic visions on the theme of big data.

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Learning from Japan

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen / DK
25.08.2017 – 01.09.2017
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The Designmuseum Danmark highlights what frogs, insects and reptiles have in common with Danish craft and design, in an exhibition which focuses on Japan’s culture and design scene as an inspiration for Danish design. 

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Red, Yellow, Blue

Riot, Ghent / BE
23.09.2017 – 30.09.2017
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Riot is the latest project launched by the publication platform Art Paper Editions. As a gallery and bookshop, Riot focuses on up-and-coming artists and stages regular exhibitions. The work of the Korean artist, Na Kim, can be viewed there until 30 September 2017.

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Emanuel Goldberg. Architekt des Wissens.

Technische Sammlung, Dresden / DE
17.09.2017 – 24.09.2017
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Der Wissenschaftler Emanuel Goldberg (1881–1970) war ein Hochschulprofessor der Königlichen Akademie für graphische Künste und Buchgewerbe in Leipzig, der heutigen Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB). Seine Forschung zur Fotografie sowie Reproduktions- und Kopierverfahren, der Luftbildfotografie und der Mikrofilmtechnik leisteten einen wesentlichen Beitrag zum Wissensmanagement der Zukunft. Die Künstlergruppe Weltformat, die sich 2013 an der HGB bildete um seine wissenschaftliche Arbeit zu erforschen, nimmt nun fotografischen Bezug auf zeitgenössische Bildproduktion an der Schnittstelle von Kunst und Wissenschaft. Neben den künstlerischen Beiträgen der Künstlergruppe präsentiert die Ausstellung Foto- und Filminstallationen, Nachbauten seiner Wahrnehmungsversuche und Modelle seiner „Wissensmaschine“. Ergänzend ist ein Filmvortrag zu sehen, der Goldberg als Lehrer, Autor und Ausstellungsgestalter vorstellt.

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Plain/Purl

Design Museum, Gent / BE
24.09.2017 – 01.10.2017
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The textile design course at the KASK School of Arts in Ghent is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year – what better reason to dedicate an exhibition and a publication to the discipline? To mark the occasion, international textile artists and students at the school are invited to present their work.

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Comics! Mangas! Graphic Novels!

Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn / DE
03.09.2017 – 10.09.2017
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With a view to presenting a global perspective, the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn is using its space to bring together culture, science and art from all eras. Until 10 September 2017, the exhibition “Comics! Mangas! Graphic Novels!” presents around 300 exhibits from America, Europe and Japan.

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Biennial of Graphic Design of Chaumont 2017

Le Signe, National Graphic Design Center , Chaumont / FR
17.09.2017 – 24.09.2017
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Le Signe, the National Graphic Design Centre in Chaumont, is organising the 27th Biennale of Graphic Design. This year, the international festival of poster and graphic design will once again take place at the Place des Arts in front of the Le Signe building.

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The Pink Floyd Exhibition.
Their Mortal Remains

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / UK
24.09.2017 – 01.10.2017
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Following its homage to David Bowie, the Victoria and Albert Museum is doing the same for another musical legend: Pink Floyd. The band is being honoured with a retrospective ­– and it’s not just for hard-core fans – offering a unique insight into Pink Floyd’s 50-year history. 

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Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons. Art of the In-Between

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / US
28.08.2017 – 04.09.2017
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In its latest exhibition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines the fascination Rei Kawakubo has for the in-between, which is expressed in her work with an aesthetic sensibility and visual ambiguity. Conventional ideas of beauty, good taste, and elegance are challenged. The exhibition is, however, not a traditional retrospective, but should rather be seen as a thematic show in which almost 140 examples from Kawakubo’s womenswear collection for Comme des Garçons ranging from the 1980s to the present can be viewed. All the objects are organised into nine aesthetic opposing pairs: absence/presence, design/not design, fashion/anti-fashion, model/multiple, high/low, then/now, self/other, object/subject, and clothes/not clothes.

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Lasst die Puppen tanzen

Museum für Gestaltung, Schaudepot, Zurich / CH
03.09.2017 – 10.09.2017
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In its “Turn the Puppets Loose” exhibition, visitors to the Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich are treated to a view of its puppet collection. In addition to original dolls in various sizes, including Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s “König Hirsch”, Otto Morach’s ensemble for “La boîte à joujoux”, and traditional puppets, also on show are theatrical sets, soundtracks, designs, and photographs. The exhibition also invites visitors to take part in a shadow play. The exhibition’s supporting programme includes the lectures in German entitled “Puppets in Sophie Taeuber-Arps Letters. Insights into an Edition Project at the ZHdK Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS)” on 23 August 2017, and “The Amazons of Stage Design: Alexandra Exter and the Feminine Russian Theatre Arts of the Avant-garde”, which will be held on 6 September 2017.

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Together! Die Neue Architektur der Gemeinschaft

Weil/Rhine / De
03.09.2017 – 10.09.2017
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In recent years, the housing shortage in many cities has become a problem, which has led to alternative living and building concepts becoming more popular. The exhibition “Together! The New Architecture of the Collective” is examining this theme for the first time by making it possible to experience concepts in a spatial sense by presenting models, films, and apartments. Starting with historic examples of social architecture, their continuing relevance is made clear throughout the exhibition as society today also finds itself in a state of upheaval. In addition to 21 large-format models, visitors can also visit a so called cluster apartment or ask questions about the economy and discuss the everyday challenges encountered in social architecture in an integrated co-working space.

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Design Made in Austria. Sold Worldwide

Designforum Wien / AT
03.09.2017 – 10.09.2017
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The Designforum in Vienna has organised the exhibition entitled “Design Made in Austria. Sold Worldwide”. The exhibits include everyday objects – from the areas of industry, product, furniture, and packaging design – which are characterised by their quality, innovation, and craftsmanship and have been successful in the international arena. Following the showing of the exhibition in Taipei as part of the World Design Capital in October 2016, a selection of the products is now also on display in Vienna. Included in the exhibits are Kästle skis, designed by the Kiska design studio, children’s bunk beds by Perludi, and wine glasses by Riedel.

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Process Lab: Citizen Design

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York / US
17.09.2017 – 24.09.2017
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The “Citizen Design” installation in the Process Lab at the Cooper Hewitt museum invites visitors to work together on a vision for a better America. It intends to encourage dialogue amongst citizens at a local level and, to this end, confronts visitors with a range of questions and decisions. These are intended to enable visitors to identify the themes that are personally relevant to them and, in another stage, to apply design thinking methods to them in order to develop possible interventions through creative brainstorming. Interactive features that have been developed especially for the installation allow visitors to find out how they can share their personal concerns with like-minded people.

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The World of Radio

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum,, New York / US
17.09.2017 – 24.09.2017
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The textile mural “The World of Radio” dating from the depression era is at the heart of this eponymous exhibition in the Cooper Hewitt museum. On the mural itself, in addition to Jessica Dragonette, one of the best-known celebrities in the radio industry of the 1930s, there are various sketches of different people and events showing the history of radio. The exhibition displays iconic radios, but also radio designs and photographs, from the early 20th century to the present day. Products are also included by designers such as Donald Deskey, Dieter Rams, and Henry Dreyfuss, and drawings and prototypes of radio consoles and cabinets. In addition, the exhibition emphasises the technological progress made in the field of radio from electrically operated devices to portable and digital playback inventions.

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Rechts und links herum

Design Museum Gent / BE
24.09.2017 – 01.10.2017
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The Design Museum Gent is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the textile design course at the KASK School of Arts by staging the “Plain/ Purl” exhibition. The course is particularly known for its open visions and enjoys confronting the works of international artists with students’ works in immersive exhibition concepts. This current exhibition does not only allow visitors to view the exhibits – art works, design objects, and sketches by international celebrities such as Petra Blaisse, Hella Jongerius, Muller Van Severen or Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec – but also that the objects can be touched, sat upon, and experienced in the context of the students’ current course assignments.

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Modernism: in print

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam / NL
24.09.2017 – 01.10.2017
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Die Special Collections der University of Amsterdam zeigen noch bis zum 1. Oktober 2017 die erste retrospektive Ausstellung über die Moderne des niederländischen Grafikdesigns. Im Zentrum der Ausstellung steht die Fragestellung, welchen Einfluss die Künstlergruppe De Stijl und die internationale Avantgarde auf das moderne Grafikdesign in den Niederlanden hatten. Zu sehen sind nicht nur Druckerzeugnisse, sondern auch Skizzenmaterial und archivierte Objekte aus der Zeit, die belegen, wie sehr die Moderne das Alltagsleben über einen langen Zeitraum hinweg visuell bestimmt hat.

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SUR/FACE. Spiegel

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main / DE
24.09.2017 – 01.10.2017
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Mehr als 100 Exponate in der Ausstellung „SUR/FACE. Spiegel“ im Frankfurter Museum Angewandte Kunst zeigen noch bis 1. Oktober 2017, was Tobias Rehberger in seinem Werk „Kim Explores her Face in a Broken Mirror“ fokussiert. Auf 1.200 Quadratmetern werden öffentliche Spiegelsäle, wie ein Fitnesscenter oder die Lobby einer Bank, oder private Spiegelkabinette, wie in Schlaf- und Badezimmern, inszeniert. In und um diese Räume sind Werke von Künstlern und Designern wie etwa Ron Arad, Andy Warhol, Olafur Eliasson, Katharina Sieverding oder Heimo Zobernig eingefügt und platziert. In „SUR/FACE“ treten nicht nur die gespiegelten Gesichter der Besucher zutage, sondern eben auch das, was dahinterliegt: von der Überprüfung unseres Aussehens bis hin zur Selbstwahrnehmung ist alles auf den glänzenden glatten Oberflächen von Spiegeln möglich.

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BICYCLES.
The Universal Joy of Cycling

Schloss Hollenburg , Krems / AT
10.09.2017 – 17.09.2017
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Why do we fall in love with bicycles? The exhibition “Bicycles” has many answers to this question, and simultaneously makes a declaration of love to the two-wheeled vehicle.  Marking the 200th anniversary of the bicycle,  Schloss Hollenburg uses an unusual exhibition design to present the bike at its best and most entertaining. All the exhibition areas highlight the multiple advantages of cycling. Large format photos and film excerpts tell passionate stories of happy moments in the saddle. The exhibition is a pilot project, organised by the World Bureau / Association for the Promotion and Preservation of Cultural Objects and will continue as a travelling exhibition in Austria and other countries in the future.

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Bauhaus in Bewegung

Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin / DE
01.03.2017 – 09.10.2017
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As part of the Bauhaus-Archiv’s relocation, the exhibition “Bauhaus in Motion” will be displaying highlights from the museum’s collection in the old building for the last time. The title indicates the common theme running throughout the exhibition; on show are movement studies from the foundation course as well as architecture, furniture, ceramics, metal, paintings, and graphics from the workshops and photographs from the various Bauhaus personalities. The Bauhaus seems always to have been in motion on account of its relocations from Weimar to Dessau and to Berlin and also given that its protagonists went into exile. Represented in the exhibition are Bauhaus teachers such as Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer, László Moholy-Nagy, but the work of many students is on display, too.

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Food Revolution 5.0

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
19.05.2017 – 29.10.2017
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Food is the basis of our existence, but in our present prosperous society food has long been part of an eccentric self-portrayal and has almost become a religion. In contrast with this, on the other side of the world, increasing numbers of people battle to survive: climate change, scarcity of resources, an increasing population, hunger, and geopolitical crises require us to rethink – in terms of production, packaging, sales, consumption, and waste disposal. The exhibition “Food Revolution 5.0. Design for Tomorrow’s Society” is dedicated to this subject with visions and concepts by designers, architects, and scientists, and poses pressing questions in this context: What does the future of our food look like in a growth-driven society characterised by dwindling resources?

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Nendo: Invisible Outlines

Centre d’Innovation et de Design au Grand-Hornu, Hornu / BE
21.05.2017 – 01.10.2017
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The exhibition entitled “Nendo: Invisible Outlines” follows on from a presentation in Hornu given in 2013 on the same theme. The “Nendo phenomenon”, which developed at some considerable speed, describes the development and work of the Japanese collective led by Oki Sato. His designs are characterised by a continuous consistency and powerful design language, and are pervaded by simple lines with a certain humorous twist. Irrespective of whether it is dealing with furniture, accessories, cutlery, interior designs or architecture, studio Nendo gives all its works the same natural rigour and its own striking poetry.

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Ein Stilraum zum 85. Geburtstag von Dieter Rams 

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main / DE
21.05.2017 – 15.10.2017
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Das Museum Angewandte Kunst eröffnet am Samstag, den 20. Mai 2017 um 17 Uhr einen Stilraum anlässlich des 85. Geburtstags von Dieter Rams. Der Industriedesigner wird persönlich bei der Eröffnung anwesend sein.

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California

The Design Museum, London / UK
24.05.2017 – 15.10.2017
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The London Design Museum’s exhibition “California” tackles the assertion that “Designed in California” is the new “Made in Italy”. Although mid-century modernism (form 268, p. 88) in California is well-documented, this exhibition is the first to discuss its current global influence. The exhibition begins with the 1960s and traces the counterculture (to the technical culture in Silicon Valley). In the past, California has been a pioneer for personal liberty in various things ranging from LSD to skateboards and iPhones. The exhibition displays political posters, personal computers, and self-driving cars and additionally includes works by user interface designers alongside hardware.

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Biennial of Design Ljubljana

Ljubljana / SI
25.05.2017 – 29.10.2017
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The Biennial of Design Ljubljana was the first of its kind to be founded in Europe back in 1964 with the aim of serving as a long-term and collaborative testing ground for design and the improvement of everyday living conditions. This year sees its 25th edition under the title of “Faraway, So Close” dedicated to tackling alternatives to the urban habitat. Even though the urban space is still valid as a contemporary model, people nevertheless leave on their search for other solutions. Against the backdrop of this development, the biennial devises concepts over seven sites across Slovenia and in co-operation with international design studios for new potential living environments.

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Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago / US
06.06.2017 – 24.09.2017
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The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is best known for his work with Kanye West and the fashion house of Louis Vuitton and his characters inspired by anime. During his career, Murakami has blurred the boundaries between high and mass culture, antique and modern, east and west. In a comprehensive retrospective, the exhibition “Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” presents 50 of his works spanning three decades. The works show the artist’s roots in Japanese painting and folklore and his careful use of handwork and materials. In addition, his perceptive view of themes such as globalisation, media culture, and the unaltered dangers caused by nuclear power are picked up on.

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Erik Mortensen – Haute Couture

Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen / DK
16.06.2017 – 31.01.2018
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Erik Mortensen (1926–1998), the Danish fashion designer, moved to Copenhagen at just 16 years old, where he was apprenticed to Holger Blom, one of the most famous fashion designers of the time. At the age of 22, Mortensen then made his way to Paris to work for the fashion house Pierre Balmain. After being appointed Balmain’s first assistant in 1951, he became head designer in 1982 on the death of his mentor. The Designmuseum Danmark is now dedicating a special exhibition to the designer entitled “Eric Mortensen – Haute Couture”. In addition to 70 of his creations from his most successful creative period from 1982 to 1995, the exhibition also displays a selection of the designer’s drawings and designs.

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Vienna Biennale 2017

Wien / AT
21.06.2017 – 01.10.2017
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The second Vienna Biennale begins on 21 June 2017. Taking the slogan “Robots. Work. Our Future” the four-month programme will focus on the effects of progressive digitalisation on our working lives and our society in general in a series of exhibitions, symposia, workshops and performances. With a wide range of thematic specialisations and varied contributions from the fields of art, design and architecture, the Biennale is aimed at both a professional audience and the general public. 

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Bikes! Das Fahrrad neu erfinden

Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Leipzig / DE
22.06.2017 – 01.10.2017
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Amongst the rising trends in urban mobility, bicycle designs and their utilisation concepts have changed considerably in recent years. Innovations in technology, material, and design have clearly influenced bicycle fittings. Against this background, the Grassi Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Leipzig is displaying current trends in contemporary bicycle design in “Bikes! Re-inventing the Bicycle”. Amongst the exhibits are more than sixty bicycles from the past decade hailing from Europe and the US, as well as various cargo bikes and folding bicycles. In addition, bicycles made of different materials such as bamboo, carbon, and titanium are on display, as well as designs for electric motors to change conventional bikes into e-bikes at the click of a switch.

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Domaine de Boisbuchet

Domaine de Boisbuchet, Lessac / FR
25.06.2017 – 23.09.2017
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Over 25 years ago, Alexander von Vegesack fulfilled his dream by purchasing the Domaine de Boisbuchet in France. He wanted to create a place, where design and education – in the widest sense – could meet. Since then, every year experts and students have been coming together to work on and develop new methods of solving design problems. From 25 June to 23 September 2017, a wide programme of workshops with architects and designers from around the world will take place. Th e workshops will each last one week and will be organised on very different topics. In addition to providing inspiration for one’s own work, the workshops will also offer wonderful opportunities to network with like-minded people.

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Breathing Colour

The Design Museum, London / UK
28.06.2017 – 24.09.2017
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Using her own research findings, the exhibition, “Breathing Colour” by Hella Jongerius presents how colour behaves in relation to shapes, materials, shadows, and reflections, and how it can influence our experience of products. In her work, Jongerius combines the traditional with the contemporary, and links new technologies with centuries-old craft techniques. The exhibition displays a range of phenomenological studies and, in so doing, repeatedly questions the element of colour. The designer sees her own work as part of an endless process, which is transferred to the designs emanating from her design studio Jongeriuslab: even finished products are always part of a larger whole – with a past and an uncertain future.

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Sound and Matter in Design

Design Museum Holon / IL
29.06.2017 – 28.10.2017
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In recent years, sensory experiences such as hearing have increasingly influenced the way we experience and process the world around us and the way we communicate with our environment – which in turn also has an effect on the discipline of design. As a result, this can affect both the actual and the virtual world in the same measure. Against this background, the latest exhibition “Sound and Matter in Design” in the Design Museum Holon is focusing on this theme from 29 June to 28 October 2017. On show will be sound objects, loudspeakers, and music by international designers, together with interactive installations by local designers.

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Design talks Politics

Designxport, Hamburg / DE
30.06.2017 – 09.09.2017
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The exhibition “Design talks Politics”, held in the exhibition and event centre of Designxport in Hamburg, showcases the role designers can occupy in political debates. From 1 July to 9 September, key visuals by many renowned illustrators and designers from Germany and around the world will be shown there as political statements. The exhibition shows how, with creative media, designers position themselves as opinion formers and to communicate with the public on political issues. Key visuals will be exhibited by Ruedi Baur, Mirko Borsche, Esra Büyükdoganay, Esther Czaya, Stefan Sagmeister and others.

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Design Kosmos

Direktorenhaus, Berlin / DE
30.06.2017 – 10.09.2017
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The first comprehensive show of works by the designer Hermann August Weizenegger will take place at the Direktoren Haus (Director's House) in Berlin from 30 June to 10 September 2017. The exhibition will open on 29 June with the launch of Weizenegger's book "Design Cosmos". Individual exhibition rooms have been designed to reflect chapters from the book "Design Cosmos". These showcase a world of ideas  where Weizenegger's product series of fashion items, living accessories and expressive furniture are aesthetically integrated. 

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UX Week

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco / US
29.08.2017 – 01.09.2017
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The UX Week aims to provide design professionals with new skills and inspiration that they can use directly in their everyday working lives. This year’s contributors include the founder of the 99 % Invisible platform Roman Mars is keynote speaker, as well as Jess McMullin from Situ Strategy, Alastair Somerville, a sensory design consultant at Acuity Design, and Karen McGrane, who works as a managing partner at Bond Art and Science. In addition to the lectures, visitors also have the opportunity to take part in various workshops on topics as diverse as data visualisation, storytelling, prototyping, responsive websites, and the culture of design. The standard price for a ticket to the conference is 2,795 US dollars.

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The Conference

Malmö Opera / SE
04.09.2017 – 05.09.2017
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The Conference takes place over two days in Malmö and looks at digitalisation and associated problems and trends. The speakers range from neuroscientists to activists and will be presenting their views in areas such as artificial intelligence, psychology, art, and marketing. The conference is organised by Media Evolution, a community of more than 400 companies, which see an opportunity in the nonprofit event to have a positive effect on the region’s growth. In addition to the presentations, various sessions will also take place during the conference that will make it easier for visitors to connect the different topic areas.

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Helsinki Design Week

Helsinki / FI
07.09.2017 – 17.09.2017
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Helsinki Design Week is one of Scandinavia’s largest design festivals. The event sees itself as a multidisciplinary festival and tackles many areas of the design discipline: product, fashion, and graphic design as well as architecture and game and service design. Last year, over 250 different events took place scattered across the city; this year, for the first time, the programme is going to be curated by the submissions to an open call. Everyone interested was invited to submit proposals by 26 May 2017. These could range from exhibitions to events and fashion shows to seminars. Th e aim, as in previous years, is to bring people together, to present phenomena, initiate international collaboration, and also make design accessible to the public.

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d.confestival

Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam / DE
14.09.2017 – 16.09.2018
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The concept of Design Thinking is based on the assumption that problems can be solved more effectively if professionals from different disciplines meet one another in an inspiring space and work together to find a solution. The Hasso-Plattner-Institut (HPI) wants to offer this space. To mark the HPI School of Design Thinking’s tenth anniversary, up to 800 guests have been invited to participate in an intensive programme of presentations, workshops, exhibitions, activities and special events. The themes of the presentations cover a broad spectrum ranging from the new potential offered by digitalisation to future mobility to business models and neurobiological processes. At the forefont, there is the potential for open and creative communication. 

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London Design Festival

London / UK
16.09.2017 – 24.09.2017
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The London Design Festival is taking place this year from 16 to 24 September 2017 and will be presenting the British metropolis as a design capital to an international community and those interested in design. Th e festival programme includes more than 400 events and exhibitions, which are organised by over 100 international partners. As part of the festival, the following events will also take place: 100 % Design from 20 to 23 September, one of the largest design and architecture fairs in the United Kingdom, Designjunction from 21 to 24 September, at which over 200 design brands will be presented in a unique industrial environment, and the London Design Fair with more than 500 exhibitors from 21 to 24 September.

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Hábitat

Feria Valencia / ES
19.09.2017 – 22.09.2017
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Hábitat is the leading trade fair for the Spanish furniture industry and takes place from 19 to 22 September 2017 on the fairground in Valencia. The fair is dedicated to the sales and presentation of Spanish products including furniture, lighting, decor, textiles, and accessories. Th is year, the fair has introduced a few new features, and in addition to redesigning its corporate identity, it is increasing the international range of exhibitors and visitors as well as introducing new product categories. In addition, more attention will be given to the networking of visitors and exhibitors during the fair, as concepts for interaction and length of visits are being implemented.

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Graphic Matters

Breda / NL
22.09.2017 – 22.10.2017
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The biennial Graphic Matters festival in Breda organises a monthlong event encompassing exhibitions, workshops, and tours this year for the first time in Breda's Museum on the theme of visual culture. Upcoming and established designers are encouraged to present their very personal view of contemporary developments in the (typo-)graphical and visual world. In doing so, the festival lays particular emphasis on revealing the communicative power of design in everyday matters and hopes to inspire experts in their work. At the same time, the intention is to include the general public in the dialogue in order to convey what influence images can have on our behaviour and in forming opinions.

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How to Pronounce Design in Portuguese: Brazil Today

Museu do Design e da Moda, Lisbon / PT
23.09.2017 – 08.10.2017
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To mark Lisbon being named Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2017, the Museu do Design e da Moda (MuDe) will be staging various exhibitions on the theme, including “How to Pronounce Design in Portuguese: Brazil Today”. Although Portuguese and Brazilians speak the same language, their understanding of design differs considerably. Back in 2015, MuDe presented an exhibition of different interpretations of design taken from the past century. In its current exhibition, it is showing 100 approaches to design by Brazilian designers of the 21st century. At the heart of the exhibition are 50 publications on Brazilian design, presented to the Portuguese design community for the first time. In addition, another 50 contemporary objects on themes such as progress, consumption, identity, and protest will be on show.

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NEW! NEW!

DOX by Qubus, Prague / CZ
25.08.2017 – 01.09.2017
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The DOX by Qubus Gallery will be presenting an exhibition of the artist and designer Lukáš Novák until 1 September 2017. The title "NEW! NEW!" refers not only to the role that Novák wants to play in the art scene, but also to the artist's ambition of crossing the borders of traditional glass art and of finding new ways of creating unusual glass objects. His works go beyond traditional approaches to glass art and apply an experimental one. For the current series "Ultra Fragile" he has developed his own production method to revive old forms of text and image formation. This method allows him to shape his own slogans and mottos in glass objects, thus giving them a sporty aesthetic with numerous elements from contemporary pop culture. 

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For Fashion’s Sake

Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo / FI
27.08.2017 – 03.09.2017
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“For Fashion’s Sake”, the current exhibition at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art, showcases 13 Nordic fashion designers with radical approaches, working at the borders between fashion and art. Contrary to the expectation, it is not an art exhibition, but rather puts the importance of design at the centre with a particular focus on the representation and the interactivity of the various projects. The designers on show include internationally renowned fashion designers and also those, who are on the brink of discovery, such as María Jónsdóttir, Minna Palmqvist, Hanne Jurmu and Anton Vartiainen as well as Satu Maaranen.

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Hans Hansen. Still Life

C/O Berlin, Amerika Haus, Berlin / DE
03.09.2017 – 10.09.2017
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The photographer Hans Hansen was born in Bielefeld in 1940 and, after an apprenticeship in lithography, studied applied graphics at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. His photographic skills are self-taught. The C/O Berlin Foundation is showing a diverse selection of the photographer’s work in its current exhibition entitled “Hans Hansen. Still Life” at the Amerika Haus in Berlin. In his works, Hansen tackles materials such as glass and water, and also completes commissions for companies such as Audi, Vitra, and Lufthansa, thus combining advertising photography with visual arts and design. The works on show concentrate on objects, which Hansen has photographed isolated and with perfect illumination.

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Perfume

Somerset House, London / UK
10.09.2017 – 17.09.2017
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The exhibition “Perfume. A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent” examines the up-to-date perfume scene featuring ten perfumers of the past twenty years. Amongst the artists are self-taught perfumers as well as those who have been professionally trained. All of them question the existing traditions in their work – from creation to communication to the role of the sexes and the notion of good taste. The exhibition places scent at its centre and allows visitors to experience a personal reaction to the various exhibits. Incidentally, the exhibition is not guided by traditional explanatory information boards, but rather supplies the backgrounds to the identity and influences of the different perfumers with visual, tactile, and auditory media.

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Ettore Sottsass – Rebell und Poet

Weil/Rhine / DE
17.09.2017 – 24.09.2017
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Amongst other things, Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) was known for his designs for Olivetti, such as the Valentine typewriter (1969), which has in the meantime become an important design classic. To mark his centenary year, the exhibition “Ettore Sottsass – Rebel and Poet” is currently being held in the Vitra Design Museum to celebrate the work of the designer and architect. As the head of the Memphis collective, Sottsass revolutionised the design of the 1980s and coined the concept of anti-design, amongst other things. The exhibition displays a selection of his works in which he, released from conventional strictures, saw form and function as an opportunity to formulate new questions on issues that affect all of humanity.

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Kabinett des Unbekannten

Museum der Dinge, Werkbundarchiv, Berlin / DE
18.09.2017 – 25.09.2017
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“An object that never revealed itself to the curator before the project began evoked interest and many inquiries …,” say the exhibition organisers. The current exhibition “Cabinet of the Unknown” addresses such objects; the main object in the exhibition is the so-called Berlin key, which has two symmetrical key bits at each end. Now that the curator Ece Pazarbaşı has got to the bottom of the key’s identity, the exhibition intends to research its knowledge of various unknown things in the museum’s collection and the next stage will be to make them visible in the environment. The museum itself is at the heart of the exhibition with the three main aspects of institution, collection, and community.

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Ich weiß nicht

MAK Design Labor, Vienna / AT
24.09.2017 – 01.10.2017
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Our world is increasingly influenced by digital technologies, which in turn provides a particular value to relationships between people and objects. This group exhibition, “Ich weiß nicht. Growing Relations Between Things”, which is currently on show, presents the works of 17 different, mostly Austrian, artists on the affect of objects. At the core of the exhibition is the question of how we, in a world in which our lives are increasingly determined by technologies, can preserve our autonomy. The title of the exhibition is, moreover, a direct reference to the photographic work “Ich weiß nicht” [I Don’t Know] (2001) by Birgit Jürgenssen, who represents an affirmation of “relief that the machine no longer functions”.

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Sur/face. Spiegel

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
24.09.2017 – 01.10.2017
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The latest exhibition “Sur/face. Mirrors” in the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main looks at what makes reflective materials so interesting and how and for what purpose these can be used in art, design, and architecture. In more than one hundred exhibits are designs by Ron Arad, Ettore Sottsass, and Andy Warhol, ranging from highly polished metals and reflective plastic to mirrored glass. These materials create confusing spaces and apparent infinity allowing the viewer to look into his own eyes, and, at the same time, to form a special connection with his surroundings.

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The Architecture Drawing Prize

11.09.2017 – 18.09.2017
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The Architecture Drawing Prize, organised by the architectural practice Make, the Sir John Soane’s Museum London, and the World Architecture Festival, recognises the importance of hand drawing in architecture. The competition also commends outstanding work in digitally produced renderings. Architects, designers, and students from all over the world can take part in the competition. Participation fees are regularly 150 pounds, while students and participants under 30 years pay 50 pounds. Winning submissions will be displayed in an exhibition at the Sir John Soane’s Museum London in 2018 and at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin in November 2018. The deadline for submissions is 18 September 2017.

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Sibylle – Die Fotografen

Kunst- und Kulturstiftung Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim / DE
30.08.2017 – 26.11.2017
opelvillen.de

[Sibylle – The Photographers] For the first time, an exhibition is looking at the significance of Sibylle, a magazine for fashion and culture, on the development of photography and “artistic imagery in Eastern Germany”. The exhibition, “Sibylle – Die Fotografen”, presents the different photographers, who worked on the magazine and puts them into an historical and cultural context. This women’s magazine was issued six times a year from 1956; the founder and namesake was Sibylle Gerstner. In addition to fashion photographers such as Arno Fischer, Roger Melis, Günter Rössler, and Ute Mahler, the publication also contained very different editorial articles, but did not include the typical advice columns beloved by other women’s magazines. However, production ceased in 1995 for financial reasons.

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Design Biennale Zürich

Zurich / CH
07.09.2017 – 10.09.2017
designbiennalezurich.ch

The Design Biennale Zurich is taking place for the first time from 7 to 10 September 2017. Taking the slogan “Hello Future”, the event will be looking at how design can inform the future. Focal points will be on digital manufacturing methods, experimental processes, and active materials as well as on different social models. In this context, the four-day event discusses how design researches, comments, and criticises. It will be held in five venues across the city: the Hochhaus zur Bastei, the old botanical garden, the National Museum Zurich, the Museum für Gestaltung at the Toni-Areal, and the SBB Repair and Trade Centre). Included in the programme on Friday, 8 September 2017, there will be a design conference in the concert hall in the Zurich University of the Arts on the theme of the future.

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Ars Electronica

Postcity, Linz / AT
07.09.2017 – 11.09.2017
aec.at

The Ars Electronica, held from 7 to 11 September 2017, is taking the slogan of “Artificial Intelligence – The Other I” as its theme for this festival of art, technology, and society. It will not only be looking at the technological and financial perspectives of the phenomenon of artificial intelligence, but will also include cultural, psychological, philosophical, and spiritual considerations. On the one hand, the focus is on the desire for a perfect image and on the other, the fear of being dominated by it. The festival will consider the topic through symposia, exhibitions, performances, and workshops and will ask what the meaning of artificial intelligence is and, using visions, expectations, and fears, will discuss what it is that makes us human.

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Making and Unmaking the Environment

University of Oslo, Oslo / NO
07.09.2017 – 09.09.2017
designhistorysociety.org

Whenever the subject of damage to the environment comes up, designers are frequently seen as either the cause of or the solution to the problem. The Design History Society is examining this previously unresearched topic as part of its conference “Making and Unmaking the Environment” taking place this year. The conference wishes to research – chronologically and also geographically – how processes of this contradictory relationship run between the natural and the built environment, topics with which design thinkers such as William Morris, Richard Buckminster Fuller, and Victor Papanek have already tackled in the past. Speakers at the conference this year include Simon Sadler from the University of California, Jennifer Gabrys from the Goldsmiths University of London, and Peder Anker from the New York University.

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Does Permanence Matter? Ephemeral Urbanism

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
14.09.2017 – 07.01.2018
architekturmuseum.de

The exhibition “Does Permanence Matter? Ephemeral Urbanism” to be held at the Architekturmuseum of the Technical University of Munich will be looking at the question of how long-term or permanent urban planning should be. The Oktoberfest in Munich and the Burning Man festival in Nevada are just two examples for temporary structures accommodating small to medium-sized numbers of people in the short term. Refugee accommodations are also ephemeral structures that have the goal of fulfilling a specific functional task. Based on the research results gathered by Rahul Mehrotra of the Harvard University in Cambridge, and Felipe Vera of the Centro de Ecología Paisaje y Urbanismo of the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago de Chile, the exhibition looks at a current phenomenon, especially by virtue of the refugee subject matter.

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Alexander Kluge. Pluriversum

Museum Folkwang, Essen / DE
15.09.2017 – 07.01.2018
museum-folkwang.de

In holding the exhibition, “Alexander Kluge. Pluriverse”, the Museum Folkwang is looking at the works of this filmmaker, author, and artist for the first time. Kluge was born in Halberstadt in 1932, began teaching in 1963 at the HfG Ulm, amongst others, and is known as being one of the most important representatives of New German Cinema, whose theory and practice he has shaped and on which he has had a longterm influence. In the first instance, the exhibition focuses on the filmic montages that he has put together from words and images. These are found in various media – such as texts, cinema and television films, reportages, and video collages – and in various different forms and combinations, and are concerned with the great themes of modernism: the universe, evolution, love, war – which is also referring to the title “Pluriverse”.

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Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded!

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg / DE
15.09.2017 – 21.01.2018
mkg-hamburg.de

“Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded!” looks at previously used materials, which in many cases are viewed as waste, and which in the users’ eyes have lost all their value, and how these materials can be reused. The exhibition is dedicated to materials that can be found everywhere and are often even the only “raw materials” available for manufacturing new products. Not only the materials themselves are seen as being inferior, the same is true for the associated processing techniques. Against this background, the exhibition presents more than 75 projects, which give both a European and an international perspective on the subject, and aim to change attitudes in experiencing and dealing with materials.

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Design Research & Design Strategy

Gastwerk Hotel, Hamburg / DE
28.09.2017 – 28.09.2017
drdscon.com

The fourth Design Research and Design Strategy conference takes place in Hamburg on 28 September 2017. Innovation, which is seen as the key to entrepreneurial success, is rarely identified as a straightforward process. Under the slogan of “Outthink Innovation – Create a Better Tomorrow”, the conference promises new insights on topics such as Rip the Brief, Rethink Research, Refine Tools, and Reframe Validation and to give examples of beneficial methods and tools. The speakers include Nancy Tennant, professor at the University of Chicago, David Gram, innovation director at the Creative Play Lab at Lego, and Hana Sahatqija, a programme manager at the UN children’s fund, UNICEF.

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Vienna Design Week

Vienna / AT
29.09.2017 – 08.10.2017
viennadesignweek.at

The Vienna Design Week will see its eleventh edition taking place in 2017; this year’s guest country is Romania. The organisers are once again pursuing the goal of making the area of industrial design more visible in order to give the general public deeper insights into the discipline’s potential for innovation. In addition, the festival is intended to promote an awareness of design exceeding the pure aesthetics and to integrate it further into everyday life. By means of exhibitions, workshops, participatory projects, talks, cooperations, and tours, which will be scattered across the whole city, the event is aimed at both a professional audience as well as at the general public and intends to include all design disciplines.

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An Eames Celebration

Vitra Design Museum, Schaudepot, Weil/Rhine / DE
30.09.2017 – 25.02.2018
design-museum.de

To mark the 110th anniversary of Charles Eames’ birth (1907–1978), the Vitra Design Museum is presenting a series of exhibitions and events under the title of “An Eames Celebration”, offering an unprecedented, detailed look at the legacy of this couple of designers and architects. Charles and Ray Eames (1912–1988) number amongst the most important designers of the past century and even today continue to inspire generations of designers with their furniture, books, exhibitions, and installations. The exhibition “Charles and Ray Eames. The Power of Design” forms the core of this series of events and exhibitions and, in the form of a retrospective, shows the versatile work of the couple using loans from around the world.

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