Workshop: 10 am–2 pm
“Enrichers: Neuroscience and Design”, Govert Flint (Eindhoven)
Did you know that your movements affect your happiness? In this workshop, Govert Flint invites us to discover how we can redesign our domestic environment by factoring in our emotions and analysing the movements involved in our favourite activities.
A workshop for creative professionals, designers and people from the world of dance and the performing arts.
Screening: 2–6 pm
Continuous screening of the documentary The Human Shelter. Directed by Danish filmmaker Boris B. Bertram, this work is the product of a two-year film expedition round the world to determine “what makes a home”, both now and in the future.
Lectures: 6–9 pm
“The Public Space, the Great Unknown”, Enorme Studio (Madrid)
The public space is our last remaining bastion. Though underused, threatened and obsolete, the public space is still the most democratic, exuberant place we can imagine. ENORME has taken an interest in the perception of time in participatory processes, access to tools and knowledge for appropriating spaces, places that stimulate urban innovation, the importance of management, evaluation and autonomy, the struggle of the ephemeral against the permanent, and the need to come up with actions other than the temporary events associated with design or architecture festivals.
“Understanding the Role of Identity and Behaviour Materialised in the Context of Emerging Scenarios”, Saúl Baeza (DOES, Barcelona)
Body, technology and materials in relation to fashion, product and space. In these lectures, Saúl will use performative actions to explore some of his current lines of research, striving to understand the significance of identity in relation to emerging biological and biotech scenarios.
“Mediated Bodies”, Gabriel A. Maher (Amsterdam)
In this lecture, Maher contextualises the body and the production/reproduction of our subjectivities within information systems (image-text-mass media). Systems of representation, designed artefacts, spaces, places and technologies are discussed in terms of power relations.
These concepts are examined from intersecting perspectives and use queer and feminist frames of reference to analyse how our bodies, identities and subjectivities are positioned, organised and managed through design. Presenting a body of work that aims to create situations where research and design meet in performative actions.
“The Home Front”, Tal Erez (Tel Aviv)
In the last decade, the home has apparently become the social line of retreat. Freelancers, online shopping, virtual lives—it seems we have turned our homes into solitary bunkers. But the home is also the potential birthplace of a new social power based on new production methods that cannot be regulated, the ability to dialogue with others, and the distributive power of the web.
Designers, you are hereby invited to become the leaders of this revolution.
“Industrial Culture: A Constructed Reality”, Rianne Makkink (Rotterdam)
We are witnessing the dawn of a new era in which culture will play a leading social role, second only to science and economics. The situation may be unsettling, but the reality constructed by the design, art and architecture communities seems to be gaining in importance, as promising new technologies are being developed faster and faster in a world where virtual reality, artificial intelligence and post-truth have become part of our everyday lives. The gap between fiction and truth has narrowed, and as a result culture is playing a more important role in our existence.
Reflecting on the theme of Indirect Object, Rianne Makkink clearly stated her position for these lectures: “Instead of just representing the now, we need to be progressive; we must dare to be radical, to think inclusively as part of a community of thinkers and creators capable of launching important interventions and actions that promote new worldviews, but also to insert ourselves locally in the realities of spaces and objects. In a world increasingly influenced by social media, where culture is increasingly identified and judged as entertainment, it is now even more important to activate ‘Indirect Object’ not as an event but as a critical reflection, and to construct new communities. We must be able to generate and help to shape a new, progressive, critical reality.”