Constant – New Babylon
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
– 25 September 2016
The Dutch artist Constant Nieuwenhuys (1920–2005), who tends to be known simply as Constant, was a member of the Cobra artistic movement. He expressed his ideas in one of the biggest and most visionary post-war artistic projects ever to take place. “New Babylon”, the result of around 20 years’ work, is still a major source of inspiration and is now on display at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague – the first time that it has been shown in such a comprehensive form.
Rheinland-Pfalz Design Prize 2016
Entry deadline: 12 August 2016
The Rheinland-Pfalz Design Prize for Communication Design celebrates contemporary and innovative design in traditional and new media, and is aimed at all designers from the region of Rheinland-Pfalz. Works can be submitted in the categories of Corporate, Editorial and Multimedia Design, Illustration, Photography, Film and Audio, Communication in Space and Design Studies und Research. The projects must have been created after January 2014.
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Things to come: Science, Fiction, Film
Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin
30 June 2016 – 23 April 2017
How will we be living in the future? Film, and particularly the science fiction genre, has asked this and similar basic questions about human existence time and time again. From 30 June 2016, the “Things to come – Science, Fiction, Film” exhibition at the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin will be providing a comprehensive overview of these questions.
Manus x Machina
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
– 14 August 2016
The contrast between haute couture and ready-to-wear clothing seems to be made where the differences between complex handmade and mechanised modes of production meet. The exhibition “Manus x Machina. Fashion in the Age of Technology” at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art is undertaking the task of addressing this dichotomy by examining the production processes of 170 exhibits ranging from the early 20th century to the present day, and looks at the links between manual and machine-based methods.
What Design Can Do 2016
Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam
30 June – 1 July 2016
How can design contribute towards getting the ball rolling for positive change in the world? This is the question that the What Design Can Do conference format has been asking every year since 2011 by looking at different key areas on each occasion. This year the focus is on Africa, music and the refugee crisis.
Pictoplasma Academy. Masterclass 2016
Eden Studios, Berlin
24 September – 2 October 2016
Since its founding in 1999, Pictoplasma has offered artists and designers who devote themselves to creating characters an international platform for exchanging and presenting ideas. In addition to exhibitions, installations, publications and an annual conference in spring, the offering has also included the Pictoplasma Academy for the past three years. Anyone wishing to participate in the Masterclass 2016 in Berlin can apply to do so by submitting their CV, portfolio and a project idea by 15 July 2016.
Red! Utopian Visions from the Soviet Union 1930-1941
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
- 29 July 2016
In order to disseminate their ideology after the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the subsequent founding of the Soviet Union, the country’s rulers initiated radical avant-garde visualisations in publications with the help of artists and designers. These utopian visions of the Soviet Union are currently on show in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.
Schriftbilder – Bilderschrift. Chinese poster and book design today
Museum Folkwang, Essen
– 31 July 2016
Chinese poster and book art is the focus of an exhibition at the Museum Folkwang in Essen that runs until the end of July. On show are over 100 posters and 50 books by approximately 50 designers from throughout China, giving visitors an insight into the creative development of book and poster design in the Far East over recent years. The exhibits include traditional calligraphy, typography and printing technology and also current domestic and foreign trends.
form N° 266. Man/Machine
Life without machines is almost unimaginable. Although we curse them often enough because they go wrong, there are technical improvements that allow us to make great strides in a short amount of time, give us undreamt-of powers, allow us to be permanently connected and can restore or improve our health. Nonetheless, the relationship between man and machine is ambivalent, for every supposed advance can create new, unpredictable problems. In the focus section of form 266, we will be looking at how our relationship to machines is formed.
Mainzer Designgespräche 2016:
Flexibilität ermöglichen. Arbeitswelten gestalten.
Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz
30 June 2016
Ever since 2002, the Mainzer Designgespräche symposium series, organised by the Designforum Rheinland-Pfalz descom, in conjunction with the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Climate Protections, Energy and Regional Planning, has been addressing a new area of interest every year as part of an expert panel. In 2016, everything revolves around the worlds of work, which will be illuminated from a design perspective and also from allied professions.
Design Center Baden-Württemberg, Haus der Wirtschaft, Steinbeis Saal
- 1 July 2016
The Federal Land of Baden-Württemberg is gathering a great deal of expertise in respect of materials – be it in manufacturing, research or processing. Against this background, the “Materialansichten” exhibition [material views] in the Design Center Baden-Württemberg in the “Haus der Wirtschaft” is showcasing a collection of various regional projects and work from 2 June to 1 July 2016.
33pt. I don’t care
Livinn Hotel, Dortmund
22 – 24 June 2016
The Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts is organising the seventh edition of 33pt, the “Festival of Typography, Graphics and Design”, and is not only inviting people to a two-day conference but is also offering a workshop free of charge at which posters on the festival’s theme of “I don’t care” can be produced.
Tours Summer 2016
During the next weeks many universities and colleges will be displaying the results of the past summer semester and finals projects produced within the various design disciplines. In order to provide visitors with a comprehensive view of the structure of the university in question and its approaches to teaching, the shows are often complemented by a supporting programme of tours, presentations and workshops.
14 – 19 June 2016
Collectors and fans of contemporary design will be arriving in mid-June 2016 for the Swiss edition of Design Miami. In parallel with Art Basel, exhibitions and events will be taking place, both at the fair grounds and in various locations throughout the city.
Animago Award 2016
Submission deadline: 19 July 2016
The deadline to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Animago Award competition is drawing ever closer; applications can be made only until 30 June 2016. Creative talents from around the world have the opportunity once again this year to submit their work in 3D animation, 3D still, visual effect and visualisation to this international competition here.
Thinking Outside the Box
DAM, Frankfurt am Main
26 June 2016
Increasing numbers of people, mainly in developing countries, prefer to live in towns. This phenomenon, linked with the challenges faced by towns in this context, is the theme of the current exhibition, “Thinking Outside the Box” currently showing at the DAM in Frankfurt am Main and it proposes innovative approaches to the situation.
27th Brno Biennial
16 June – 20 October 2016
The Moravian Gallery, the second largest art museum in the Czech Republic, has been organising the Biennial in Brno since 1964. Once again this year, international graphic design in all its forms can be experienced there for almost four months. Reference will be made to the 26th Biennial that focused on graphic design in conjunction with education and schools.
Big Plans! Applied Modernism in Saxony-Anhalt 1919–1933
- 6 January 2017
In staging the project “Big Plans! Applied Modernism in Saxony-Anhalt 1919-1933”, running until January 2017, the Bauhaus Dessau, in co-operation with other institutions, invites visitors on a journey of exploration to various locations throughout the region.
The MEP Show / Yellow Press / Portraits
Museum of Photography, Berlin
2 June – 20 November 2016
The work of Alice Springs, Helmut Newton and Mart Engelen, three important personalities in photography, is being brought together in an exhibition at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin.
International Digital Arts Biennial
Arsenal Contemporary Art, Montreal
3 June - 3 July 2016
The festival on digital art that runs from 3 June to 3 July 2016 offers local and international designers and artists a month-long platform for showcasing their exhibitions and events at Arsenal Contemporary Art in Montreal and other locations around the city.
Domaine de Boisbuchet. Design and Architecture Workshops
Domaine de Boisbuchet, Lessac
26 June – 3 September 2016
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Domain de Boisbuchet, workshops will be spread over a good two months for the 26th year. 47 highly skilled tutors will be present on this French estate to pass on their expertise. This year’s overarching slogan is “Origin and Translation”.
Areal Alter Güterbahnhof, Coburg
31 May – 5 June 2016
This year sees the 28th edition of the Coburger Designtage. The location of the Alter Güterbahnhof in Coburg once again offers space for new ideas and concepts, provides room for new approaches to thinking and offers a place for the creative economy of Upper Franconia to meet from 31 May to 5 June 2016.
Odyssey 2016. DMY International Design Festival
2 – 5 June 2016
As an internationally focused design festival, DMY presents projects from almost every design discipline under the slogan of “Odyssey”. Fashion and graphic design and work from the areas of communication and digital media will be displayed alongside those from product and industrial design. Performances, open talks and lectures round off the event and offer guidance concerning current developments in design. In addition, workshops will be taking place in the areas of graphic design, spatial communication and interaction design and will be supported by Moritz Rose (Viessmann Brand Design), Mike Richter (Iconmobile), Roland Lambrette and Christoph Alker (Atelier Markgraph), and Achim Heine (HLZ).
Designing Visions. A Conference Organised by Platform
Hall of Platform, Munich
15 June 2016
As a pilot project for the city of Munich, Platform is creating space for synergies between culture and business. Artists, designers, clients and the public meet in exhibitions, workshops and other events to discuss issues concerning cities worth living in, the value of art or the potential of creative work. The conference on 15 June 2016 looks at new practices, methods and ways of thinking in design.
Swiss Design Award 2016. Exhibition
Messe Basel, Hall 3
14.–19. Juni 2016
Annually since 2007, three particularly excellent Swiss designers have been honoured by the Federal Office of Culture with the Grand Award for Design and their work is presented in an exhibition. And this year, too, 56 Swiss or Swiss-based designers, photographers, fashion designers, graphic artists and scenographers will be presenting their work in Hall 3 of the Messe Basel from 14 to 19 June. Of these, fifteen will then be awarded prizes by the Swiss Design Commission.
Nachtschicht 2016. Berlin Design Night
3 June 2016
Now in its fifth year, Berlin Design Night will see 70 Berlin-based design companies stay open to the public for one evening in order to showcase the capital city’s creative potential. Visitors can expect a peek behind the scenes and a wide-ranging programme of events.
Biennale Architettura 2016. Reporting From the Front
28 May - 27 November 2016
This year the Biennale de Venezia takes place for the 15th time in its history. The title for this year’s event is “Reporting From the Front” and its aim is to uncover the differences and distinctions between trends and routes in architecture and society in general.
The Happy Show
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
– 25 September 2016
If you press the button at the end of the ramp up to the first floor of the Richard Meier building, a card comes out of the wall, prompting you, for example, to sing your current favourite song out loud. Whether this and other interactive elements of “The Happy Show”, the current exhibition at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, give you something to smile about is for you to decide. Whatever your verdict, it certainly makes for an entertaining museum experience.
Yesterday’s Future. Visionary Designs from Future Systems and Archigram
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt
–18 September 2016
Utopian designs for a conjectured but supposedly better world and ideal solutions that draw upon the best that contemporary technology has to offer have been part of Western thought since the time of Plato. The more that the technological and the social realms overlap, the greater the appeal of visualising such ideas in images and models. Visitors can now view designs for architectural utopias produced by Archigram and Future Systems in a compact exhibition at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt.
How About Making? About 2016
4 – 5 June 2016
About, an independent book fair held at the Hochschule Mainz, is back for the third time, offering small publishers and self-publishers a platform to present their art and design publications.
Cooper Union, New York
13 – 23 June 2016
This eleven-day typography-focused design festival, which will feature a conference, a series of workshops and tours of places with interesting typography, will take place from 13 to 23 June 2016 at the Cooper Union in New York, providing designers with a platform for exchanging current and future perspectives on typography.
All of Everything. Todd Oldham Fashion
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence
– 11 September 2016
In the late 1980s Todd Oldham took international catwalks by storm. The fashion designs that he produced over subsequent years were unconventional, colourful and intricately detailed. Now, for the first time, the RISD Museum is presenting a wide selection of his work in an exhibition devised in collaboration with the designer.
No Pain No Game
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
– 26 June 2016
For 15 years the artist duo Volker Morawe and Tilman Reiff, also known as //////////fur////, have been examining the relationship between man and machine and the growing isolation of those who use electronic devices. Up until 26 June 2016 the Museum für Kommunikation Berlin is playing host to their multi-sensory installations, which invite visitors to interact with them in unusual ways. Their work combines media criticism, game logic, teamwork, childhood memories and humour into a new gaming experience.
14 – 22 May 2016
The title of this exhibition, “Anschlag Berlin” [Uprising Berlin], says it all: the focus is on announcements posted in public places, with the poster being one of the most effective formats. This form of communication has a long history in Berlin, reflecting the zeitgeist like no other medium. Over a period of nine days, the Direktorenhaus is hosting over 100 contemporary posters by Berlin-based designers.
For Sale: Design. Wroclove Design Festival
Aleja Bielany, Bielany Wrocławskie
18 – 22 May 2016
What meaning does design have in a world where capitalism is the dominant force? This is the question asked by the third Wroclove Design Festival from 18 to 22 May 2016 in Bielany Wrocławskie (Poland). This year’s slogan “For Sale: Design” poses a provocative basis for discussion and response. Design has the task to sell. Why should we not offer the design itself for sale?
Daniel Palillo. Mainly Portraits
– 29 May 2016
Until 29 May 2016, the Design Museum in Helsinki is exhibiting work by the Finnish artist Daniel Palillo, who works at the boundary between visual art and fashion design. Using his sculptural pieces he communicates his view of the fashion world which is characterised by his own experience in the field. Instead of classic fashion design, Palillo has now made sculptural work and painting his medium.