Agenda

February

Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative

Aedes Architekturforum, Berlin / DE
– 21.02.2018
aedes-arc.de 

The Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative is a four-year research project in which interdisciplinary forms of urban research are investigated. This is taking place at four international locations in Berlin, Boston, Mumbai and Istanbul where the academics and designers involved face location-specific issues. In order to be able to better understand the increasing complexity of urban landscapes, the initiative argues for an interdisciplinary research structure where the different fields of research can use their own tools for knowledge production effectively. The results found by the research groups will be presented in a touring exhibition in the form of visual cross-media narratives and will begin at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin.

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Decolonizing Design and Modes of Criticism

Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg, Ravensburg / DE
– 22.02.2018
mediendesign-ravensburg.de 

Critical design is currently in vogue – socially and ecologically motivated projects or those with humanitarian concerns are springing up all over the place and however selfless they may appear to be, some design theorists believe that viewed from a global perspective, these kinds of aspirations are in fact a new form of design colonialism. Critical design emerged in the closed discourse of the Western middle classes and is currently seen as an all-curing panacea for the world, say the critics. These aspirations reveal an old meaning and purpose of a discipline that remains inaccessible to large parts of the world’s population. In order to cultivate a discussion on this subject, Klaus Birk and Holger Lund from the DHBW in Ravensburg have invited two different research institutions to the Dinnertime Talk on 22 February 2018: Pedro Oliveira and Luiza Prado of Decolonizing Design and Francisco Laranjo from Modes of Criticism.

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Digital Playgrounds. Bet on the Future!

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 23.02.2018
design-meets-philosophy.de 

To what extent is the ability to play necessary in order to deal with the digital society of tomorrow? The “Digital Playgrounds” symposium held in German at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt will be discussing this question on 23 February 2018. The event has been organised by Agora, a collective of designers and philosophers involved with the various effects of digitalisation. The symposium builds on the themes of last year’s event entitled “Artificial Empathy” and can be attended without registering in advance.

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Design Indaba Festival

The Artscape Theatre Centre, Cape Town / ZA
– 24.02.2018
designindaba.com 

The Design Indaba Festival in South Africa presents a varied programme of speakers, musicians, and film and design exhibitions, that brings together the best from the creative industries in Africa and from around the world. The “Emerging Creatives” exhibition is already a regular feature of the festival and in 2018 will once again be showcasing 40 selected designers under 30 years as well as graduates and their work. In addition to the conference, Indaba Simulcast offers designers, students, and young experts the opportunity to follow the presentations via a live broadcast from the main stage to various locations, including Cape Town and Johannesburg. Standard price tickets for the three-day event cost 7,470 South African rands (about 460 euros).

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Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound

Museum of Arts and Design, New York / US
– 25.02.2018
madmuseum.org 

The exhibition “Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound” at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York is currently showing a selection of interactive installations, immersive worlds, and performing objects that explore how the ephemeral and abstract nature of sound is made material. In a world full of visual information, the medium of sound provides a sensory experience allowing reorientation to take place in space and amongst people. The exhibits are curated and related projects and objects designed by contemporary designers, artists, and performers. They perceive sound as a material that is physically produced and creates encounters by means of electronic circuits, radio waves, and resonant bodies that are not only audible but can also be felt.

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100 beste Plakate 16

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 25.02.2018
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[100 Best Posters 16] The MAK in Vienna is once again showcasing the winners of the “100 beste Plakate” competition from 18 October 2017 to 25 February 2018. This year’s jury included Alain Le Quernec from Quimper in France, Eva Dranaz from Vienna, Markus Dreßen from Leipzig, Stefan Guzy from Berlin, and Martin Woodtli from Zurich. They have selected the 100 posters and poster series from a total of 2,116 submissions by 632 entrants. Of the winners, 52 come from Switzerland, 46 from Germany, and two from Austria. Benjamin Buchegger of Atelier Beton and Studio Ortner Schinko are responsible for the designs from Austria. A catalogue by the same name has been published by the Kettler Verlag to accompany the exhibition.

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An Eames Celebration

Vitra Design Museum, Schaudepot, Weil/Rhine / DE
– 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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From Belgium with Light

Centre d’innovation et de design au Grand-Hornu, Grand-Hornu / BE
– 25.02.2018
cid-grand-hornu.be 

The exhibition “From Belgium with Light. Belgians (Almost) Invented Light …”, that will be on show from 19 November 2017 to 25 February 2018 at Centre d’Innovation et de Design au Grand-Hornu, is dedicated to the skills of Belgian designers in the lighting industry. The expansion of companies such as Schréder in the 1980s or the founding of brands like Modular, Kréon, Wever and Ducré or Delta Light and Dark opened up new opportunities to Belgian designers in this field. The following decades have helped the Belgian industry to achieve international success, as the current exhibition shows with the help of technically efficient, innovative, and emotional lighting concepts and products.

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Adolf Loos – Private Spaces

Museu del Disseny de Barcenlona, Barcelona / ES
– 25.02.2018
ajuntament.barcelona.cat/museudeldisseny 

The exhibition “Adolf Loos – Private Spaces” held in the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona is the first time that the work of this architect will be presented in Spain. Loos (1870–1933) was not only a practitioner, but also an architecture critic and is considered to be a pioneer of modern architecture. The exhibition focuses on the aesthetic revolution led by Loos: around the turn of the 20th century he rebelled against the Vienna Secession, an association of visual artists, with his demand for cost-effectiveness in architecture and design. The exhibition describes the literary, architectural, and philosophical context of the early 20th century in Vienna and, against this background, displays around a hundred objects and designs by Loos.

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Being There

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk / DK
– 25.02.2018
louisiana.dk 

Who are we? What are we becoming? Twelve young artists pose these questions in the “Being There” exhibition in the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. New technologies and an increasing growth in digitalisation do not only create new challenges, but also offer new opportunities to answer existential questions. The exhibited young artists, including Lizzie Fitch, Ryan Trecartin, and Cécile B. Evans, attempt to provide answers in their works in the form of video material, sculptures, and installations, and use various approaches to do so. Their works range from prophetic to humorous to subtle and disturbing.

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Kunsthalle for Music

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam / NL
– 03.03.2018
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The long-term project “Kunsthalle for Music” by Ari Benjamin Meyers at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam will be on display at the museum from 26 January to 3 March 2018. For the project, Meyers imagined a new kind of institution at the interface between contemporary music and visual art. The exhibition aims to suggest how music can find an equal place in the ranks of contemporary art and what a corresponding institution might look like. In the centre of the exposition is an eight-piece musical ensemble that presents newly commissioned pieces during the museum’s opening hours, as well as other pieces.

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Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia / US
– 04.03.2018
philamuseum.org 

The Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola first studied architecture, amongst other universities at the Politecnico di Milano, from where she graduated with a PhD. In 2001, she founded her own studio and has been working since then for companies such as B&B Italia, Moroso, and Hansgrohe. She is known for her innovative and contemporary designs, and particularly for the link between art and industry demonstrated in her work ranging from product design to interior design to architecture. This latest exhibition, “Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry” currently on show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, displays a selection of furniture and designs and demonstrates the process from the initial concept to the final idea, as well as personal sources of inspiration for her work.

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Tiere

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe , Hamburg / DE
– 04.03.2018
tiere.mkg-hamburg.de 

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg is focusing on animals for a period of four months. The themes it is tackling are respect for animals and the relationship between animals and humans which will be looked at using representations of animals in art. More than 200 international loans show animal illustrations in various media and, on a visual level, invite visitors to develop their own thoughts on how to deal with animals and to think about where they stand. The exhibition pleads for an “animal turn”, in which “the relationship between animals and humans must be renegotiated” and “animals should finally get their rights” – because their subjective feelings, their individuality and vulnerability demand respect.

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Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970

Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz / FR
– 05.03.2018
centrepompidou-metz.fr 

Caught between modern capitalism and tradition, the exhibition currently running at the Centre Pompidou-Metz navigates Japan’s quest for its own cultural identity looking back over the past fifty years. In the 1970s, Japanese culture began to break away from the Western model and refocused on its own cultural heritage and its position in an international context. The exhibition gives an overview of contemporary Japanese art, performance, video art and fashion. It pursues the aim of correcting the reductive Western view of Japan and to illustrate the contemporary cultural landscape as a genuine Japanese characteristic.

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Frau Architekt

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 08.03.2018
dam-online.de 

The exhibition “Frau Architekt. Over 100 Years of Women in Architecture” which is on show at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum until 8 March 2018, focuses on women being admitted to study architecture at technical universities. Architecture is still a man’s world today, but it has at least been experiencing a change at universities for some years now. It is becoming more common to find even more women than men amongst the students. However, it will be several years before this trend reaches the entire field, especially in terms of leading positions in industry and academia. The exhibition looks at this phenomenon and traces historical developments in addition to current ones.

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Call for Entries. Focus Open 2018

– 09.03.2018
design-center.de 

The Design Center Baden-Württemberg is once again hosting the international design award Focus Open 2018 this year, inviting designers and companies to submit innovative projects. The organisers are primarily aiming to support the winners in marketing their products. The winning projects will be rewarded with a multi-week exhibition and publication in an internationally distributed yearbook. The projects must be officially registered by 9 March 2018 and handed in between 3 and 13 April 2018, in Ludwigsburg. A registration fee of 170 Euros has to be payed for each submission.

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From Life

Royal Academy of Arts, London / GB
– 11.03.2018
royalacademy.org.uk 

Life drawing classes have a long tradition in art. For a long time, such classes were an essential part of any artistic education – as was the case at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The current exhibition “From Life” looks back on the school’s 250-year history and explores the past and the future of drawing “from life”. The exhibited works illuminate the historical practice while simultaneously taking a look at the future and the role of technological progress and its effects on drawing.

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Constance Guisset Design, Actio!

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris / FR
– 11.03.2018
madparis.fr 

The designer and scenographer Constance Guisset has been associated with the Musée des arts décoratifs in Paris since she was a student when it exhibited her undergraduate work. In the retrospective "Constance Guisset Design, Actio!", the designer uses the museum’s rooms to showcase the objects and scenographic works from the past decade of her creative output. Various rooms in the exhibition are allocated a verb that reveals the use and intention lying behind her objects. The exhibition was brought about in collaboration with artists from different disciplines.

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Artisti all’Opera

Museo di Roma, Rome / IT
– 11.03.2018
museodiroma.it 

The current exhibition at the Museo di Roma looks back on successful collaborations between visual artists and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma since its foundation in the late 19th century. The opera house’s collaboration with visual artists soon became a distinguishing feature of its productions – a tradition the current director of the house, Carlo Fuortes, hopes to revive. The exhibition includes works of art, drawings and costumes created through such collaborations. They reflect the history of the opera house and also make it possible to trace trends in 20th-century art.

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Joel Meyerowitz. Why Color?

C/O Berlin , Berlin / DE
– 11.03.2018
co-berlin.org 

As a pioneer of Street and New Colour Photography, Joel Meyerowitz continues to influence the history of colour photography to this day. In the 1960s, when colour photography was almost exclusively used in advertising, Meyerowitz began photographing exclusively in colour using Kodachrome films. He thus broke with the pervasive diktat of the black and white of art photography and photojournalism. His purposeful colour compositions lend the sometimes curious everyday moments of his motifs an effective intensity and liveliness. For the first time in Germany, the retrospective at C/O Berlin is showcasing works by Joel Meyerowitz from different creative periods since 1962, in both black-and-white and colour.

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Between Chairs. Dialogues on Craft and Design

HfG-Archiv, Ulm / DE
– 18.03.2018
hfg-archiv.ulm.de 

In 1965 Hans Gugelot went to India and in collaboration with the Indian designer Gajanan Upadhyay and his students at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, designed an armchair known as the India Lounge. The Bauhaus Lab 2017 took this object of design as a starting point for a research expedition to India culminating in an exhibition “Between Chairs. Dialogues on Craft and Design”. It highlights the India Lounge and the dialogue between Germany and India as well as one between contemporary industrial design and local craftsmanship in the context of global modernism. The exhibition was originally shown at the Bauhaus building in Dessau, and can now be seen at the HfG-Archiv Ulm until 18 March 2018.

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Braun Prize 2018

– 20.03.2018
braunprize.org 

Taking the slogan “Design for What Matters”, the Braun Prize encourages creative professionals to submit designs for solutions promising a real improvement within an increasingly complex world. Entries can tackle global problems, but solutions dealing with improving individual living conditions are also welcome. This year, the Braun Prize is celebrating two anniversaries at the same time: the prize was inaugurated 50 years ago and it will be the twentieth time the prize has been awarded. Submissions can be two- or three-dimensional as well as interactive. There is no charge for entering the competition. Submissions can be made in the student or young talents category. The winner of the first prize will receive 15,000 US dollars. The deadline for submissions is 20 March 2018.

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Rick Owens. Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman

La Triennale di Milano, Milan / IT
– 25.03.2018
triennale.org 

Released from existing design conventions, Rick Owens presents the past two decades of his creative work in his self-curated retrospective “Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman” in the Curve Gallery at the Palazzo della Triennale in Milan. Amongst over one hundred exhibits are furniture, runway videos and curious objects in addition to garments and accessories. Creating a contrast with Owens’ elegant designs is a black sculptural shape, guiding the visitor, which winds its way like an intestine through the entire length of the gallery space. The exhibition is on show until 25 March 2018.

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Back to the Future

Foam Museum, Amsterdam / NL
– 28.03.2018
foam.org 

In photography, the common ground between the photography pioneers of the 19th century and contemporary photographers is experimentation. The lack of clarity about the new medium initially benefited scientists who discovered in it a new playground for experimentation. It is precisely this curiosity and openness that is also evident in today's generation of photographers, who embrace the medium across a range of disciplines and with new technologies. The exhibition “Back to the Future” juxtaposes photographs from both phases of photographic history while highlighting the similarity of approaches.

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Pretty on Pink. Éminences Grises in Jewellery

Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Pforzheim / DE
– 02.04.2018
schmuckmuseum.de 

Grey is a reserved colour whereas pink demands attention. The exhibition “Pretty on Pink. Éminences Grises in Jewellery” uses this contrast to display jewellery from different eras. The various gradations of grey between black and white combined with different materials have been used to evoke different emotions. Thus, according to the curators, mourning jewellery in iron expresses reserve, diamond jewellery a sophisticated understatement, and jewellery in the Bauhaus tradition demonstrates rationality. Grey is primarily the colour of modernism and inspires contemporary artists such as Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Katja Prins, and Ruudt Peters. By contrast, pink often wants to shock its audience and within the exhibition it plays its part by putting the sober grey items of jewellery centre stage.

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New Fabrics – New Stuff.

Textilmuseum, St. Gallen / DE
– 02.04.2018
textilmuseum.ch 

The textile museum in St. Gallen will be holding an exhibition on the use and possibilities of technical textiles until 2 April 2018. The vision of this exhibition is to raise awareness about these textiles among a broad public, to explain them and to explore their possible applications.

The supporting programme includes a range of talks and lectures, each with a different focus. Experts will present the history of functional textiles and future-oriented innovations as well as discussing influences on fashion and aesthetic change. Workshops on the development of participants’ own product ideas and a creative debate are also scheduled. A special feature is the guided tours behind the scenes of Empa, the interdisciplinary research institute of the Department of Materials Science and Technology Development at the ETH Zurich, where you can get an insight into current research.

 

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SOS BRUTALISM – Save the Concrete Monsters!

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 02.04.2018
dam-online.de 

The “SOS Brutalism – Save the Concrete Monsters!” exhibition on show in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt/Main has been organised in conjunction with the Wüstenrot Foundation and, for the first time, takes a worldwide overview of brutalist architecture between 1953 and 1979. At the same time, the title of the show is also intended to convey that brutalist architecture is threatened by demolition and redesign. The website sosbrutalism.org provides an overview of more than 1.000 brutalist buildings and gives information about how much danger an object is in. Currently, there are 108 buildings under the threat of immediate destruction. In addition, the exhibition intends to highlight regional priority areas in the UK, the US, Israel, Japan, and South America.

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Thomas Bayrle

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 02.04.2018
mak.at 

In its exhibition “Thomas Bayrle. If It’s Too Long – Make It Longer”, the MAK in Vienna is for the first time dedicating a solo show to this illustrator, painter, and sculptor. At its centre is the installation developed especially for the exhibition “iPhone Meets Japan”, made up of innumerable mobile phones. As part of the exhibition, Bayrle illuminates the MAK’s collection using selected objects and linking several rooms in the museum together in this way. Bayrle was born in Berlin in 1937 and studied commercial art and graphic reproduction. Throughout his career he worked with metaphors of dyeing, weaving, and programming. He draws the inspiration for his works – graphics, photographs, collages, and objects – from everyday situations and political contexts.

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The Ninth Art

Stadtmuseum Oldenburg, Oldenburg / DE
– 02.04.2018
stadtmuseum-oldenburg.de 

Three museums in Oldenburg are currently dedicating a collaborative exhibition to the theme of comics. The Stadtmuseum Oldenburg illuminates the history of comics; current German graphic novels are presented in the Horst-Janssen-Museum, and the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art tackles the comic with controversial and bleak topics under the title of “Unwanted Stories”. The three key areas are seen as chapters in a coherent story. Visitors will receive a comprehensive impression of the German and international comic scene, and the artistic and critical potential of the medium will be revealed.

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Form follows Rule

Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 04.04.2018
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In creating buildings, not only architects do have an influence on design, but laws, regulations, and standards are also of great importance when considering the whole project. This latest exhibition “Form Follows Rule” makes space for this and looks at the legal subtext governing architecture and urban development. The show displays case studies as well as historic and international comparisons and specifies definitions, which are intended to make clear as to how the existing regulations have an influence on our built environment. The current situation is examined through interviews with architects, project developers, experts, and representatives of authorities, and points out the existing complexity and inconsistencies, as well as the scope for interpretation. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage a broad, social debate to discuss which rules are necessary and what kind of statement national regulations can make about a country.

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Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age

MoMA, New York / US
– 08.04.2018
moma.org 

The “Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989” exhibition at the MoMA brings together works of art created using computers or computer-aided thinking, as well as examples of computer and component design. The exhibits include artworks, design objects, and architectural designs, which attempt to show how computers change aesthetics and hierarchies, and explore how they have influenced our professional lives and social relationships. Against this background, both photographers and architects have recognised the opportunities offered by these technologies for reconfiguring human communities and the built environment.

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Federal Ecodesign Prize 2018

– 09.04.2018
bundespreis-ecodesign.de 

This year, the seventh Federal Ecodesign Prize calls on designers from all sectors and career stages to challenge the apparent incompatibility of design and environmental compatibility. This year’s slogan is “Good design has nothing to hide”, and innovative projects that combine outstanding design with environmental compatibility can be submitted in the categories of Products, Services, Concepts and Young Talent. The award-winning and nominated projects from last year's competition are also currently on display at the Museum Information Kunst in Ludwigsburg.

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Ästhetik der Veränderung

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 15.04.2018
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Working in conjunction with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the exhibition “Aesthetics of Change”, which runs from 15 December 2017 to 15 April 2018 looks at the 150-year history of the university. Back in 1867, the Austrian Museum for Art and Industry set up a school – the forerunner of today’s university – with the aim of making Austrian arts and crafts internationally competitive. The exhibition does not only explain the history of the institution, but also focuses on the future using various scenarios. Member of the board of the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Peter Weibel, who is also an professor emeritus at the University of Applied Arts Vienna is the curator of the exhibition.

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Joseph Binder Award 2018

– 15.04.2018
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The theme for the Joseph Binder Awards 2018 is “colour and form are inseparable”. Designaustria invites graphic designers and illustrators worldwide to apply by 15 April 2018. The Joseph Binder Award is Austria's only internationally advertised competition for graphic design and illustration and has been taking place biannually since 1996. The award is named after the founding father of Designaustria, Joseph Binder. Binder was among the pioneers of visual communication within and outside Austria in the first half of the 20th century.

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Ferrari: Under the Skin

The Design Museum, London / DE
– 15.04.2018
designmuseum.org 

This year, Ferrari marks the 70th anniversary of its existence, which began with the launch of its first eponymous car in 1947. The “Ferrari: Under the Skin” exhibition with unique cars and unpublished documents gives visitors an insight into the otherwise rather reserved world of car design. The exhibits include both early designs and rare models as well as personal documents from Enzo Ferrari’s archive. In addition to the objects on show, there are various displays of the developments in manufacturing and engineering and in the company’s racing tradition, which is not only known for its innovative streak, but is also associated with a certain glamour.

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Spielraum. Art that can be changed

Museum im Kulturspeicher , Würzburg / DE
– 22.04.2018
kulturspeicher.de 

The exhibition „Spielraum. Art that can be changed“ shows art objects that operate with variable elements. The artworks employ techniques that require the users action: static charge can be just as effective as the act of placing, positioning or laying; by pushing, turning and inserting lines, surfaces, patterns, vibrating spaces or annoying disturbances can be created. Many of these works belong to the constructive-concrete art of kinetics or somewhere in its immediate ambit; this type of art reached its zenith in the mid to late 1960s. Besides contributions from Switzerland by Max Bill, Karl Gerstner, Paul Talman and Mary Vieira, the exhibition mainly focuses on Austrian artworks. The reproductions and copies of some work by students from the vocational school in nearby Kitzingen show examples of engaged, non-doctrinaire art education.

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Ceramics and Its Dimensions. Shaping the Future

Bröhan-Museum, Berlin / DE
– 22.04.2018
broehan-museum.de 

The Bröhan-Museum in Berlin is staging an exhibition entitled “Ceramics and Its Dimensions. Shaping the Future.” The exhibits are the results of the research project of the same name, in which twenty-five partner institutions from eleven European countries have joined together to research the cultural influence of this traditional material. The project involves museums, universities and companies that all wish to identify cultural, academic and industrial developments. The project evolved in co-operation with the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.

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Welt aus Glas. Transparentes Design

Wilhelm Wangenfeld Haus, Bremen / DE
– 22.04.2018
wilhelm-wagenfeld-stiftung.de 

The exhibition “Welt aus Glas” [World of Glass] looks at transparency as a characteristic of design. The exhibition intends to demonstrate our fascination for transparent objects and follows the separate strands of the term’s development. Exhibits are on show from various areas, for example, the inflatable chair for Zanotta from the 1960s to the German Pavilion for the World Exhibition of 1958 by Egon Eiermann and Sep Ruf to the Sneaker Clear FF Silver by Sebastian Thies.

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Eloise Hawser: By the Deep, by the Mark

Somerset House, London / DE
– 22.04.2018
somersethouse.org.uk 

The exhibition “Eloise Hawser: By the Deep, by the Mark” explores parallel phenomena in fluid urban infrastructures – such as sewage systems – and the inner workings of the human body. The artist explores historical and future topics of urban planning and medicine against a background of the assumption that there is a correlation between urban and medical innovations. The results of her research are presented in the exhibition in the form of a three-dimensional mind map of sculptures, audiovisual representations, medical hardware and archive material. On 10 April 2018, Peter Bazalgette, the great-great-grandson of the civil engineer who revolutionised London's sewage system in the 19th century, will be in conversation with the artist.

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Cupboard Love

Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Winterthur / CH
– 22.04.2018
gewerbemuseum.ch 

The Gewerbemuseum Winterthur is dedicating an exhibition to the cupboard. “Cupboard Love” will present these items of furniture in all their guises using selected examples from design history. The cupboard, or wardrobe, is a place for storing things, keeping them secure and in order, and in this exhibition it is not only seen as a design object, but also as a metaphorical vehicle in film and literature. In parallel with the exhibition, the museum is organising a talk by experts, tours and workshops for schools.

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Elizabeth Friedlander

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, Ditchling / GB
– 29.04.2018
ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk 

Elizabeth Friedlander’s work is immediately recognisable as mid-20th century design. Nonetheless, the typographer, designer and artist received little recognition for her work until today. The Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft wants to change all that by telling the story of Friedlander's life and presenting her work for the first time. Information on the life of the artist, has only come to light in the last few years, thanks firstly to the guest curator of the exhibition Katharine Meynell, who produced a film about the artist in 2016 and, secondly, to Pauline Paucker, who used the artist's archives to write a book about her.

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Je t’aime, Ronit Elkabetz

Design Museum Holon, Holon / IL
– 30.04.2018
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Ronit Elkabetz (1964–2016) was an Israeli actress and film-maker. The Design Museum Holon is now launching a retrospective of a very special kind. The wardrobe of this celebrity, who died at the age of 51 from cancer, will be on show. Amongst the curators of this exhibition is her brother. Her fashion has the function of an archive: clothes that she wore to various events or in films are displayed using video art and sound installations.

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The Body: Fashion and Physique

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 05.05.2018
fitnyc.edu 

Bodies and fashion are two cultural constructs that have acquired different characteristics throughout history. Taking a look back at the complex history of the “ideal body”, the FIT’s museum in New York highlights the relationship between body and fashion and the extent to which they have impacted each other. Starting from the 18th century, a time in which it was common to shape a body using a corset and krinoline, the exhibition follows changing ideals of the body through the centuries to the present day. The timeline concludes with designs by Becca McCharen-Tran and Christian Siriano, two designers, who, in their designs, challenge the conventions of a fashion industry that uses body-negative shapes.

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T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion

Fashion and Textile Museum, London / DE
– 06.05.2018
ftmlondon.org 

The Fashion and Textile Museum in London is dedicating an exhibition to one of the most popular and affordable garments there is: the T-shirt. The exhibition will cover the historical biography of the garment, technological advances in its design as well as its function as a sociopolitical medium of the 20th century. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a private collection of Vivienne Westwood designs, ranging from early works to current collections. A photo series by the photographer Susan Barnett is also showcased in the exhibition. Entitled “T: The Typology of the T-Shirt” the series presents the T-shirt as a medium of individual expression.

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Jil Sander

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 06.05.2018
museumangewandtekunst.de 

Jil Sander, whose real name is Heidemarie Jiline Sander, is one of the most influential fashion designers of her generation. The Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main is now staging the first solo show in a museum dedicated to her under the title of “Jil Sander”. Spacious multimedia installations reflect her influence on aesthetics, material, and form – not only in fashion, but also in product design, architecture, and landscape architecture. In addition to a high level of quality, Sanders’ work is particularly notable for its modernity, which for her means highlighting people’s personalities and helping individuals to find their own strengths.

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Tom Loeser: Please Please Please

Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / US
– 20.05.2018
sfmcd.org 

In the exhibition entitled “Tom Loeser: Please Please Please” running from 20 January to 20 May 2018, visitors are invited to consider the question posed by Loeser: If the furniture we sit on every day was different, would our lives be different, too? The exhibition displays the results of the designer’s investigation of unconventional furniture forms which began in the early 1980s with a series of folding chairs. His designs always create opportunities for interaction – between a person and an object, but also between people. With this in mind, Loeser wants his work to inspire people to break away from their habits and to be playful with their environment and other people. The exhibits include about 20 pieces of furniture, most of which have been made recently, as well as framed artworks.

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Eduardo Paolozzi. Lots of Pictures – Lots of Fun

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / DE
– 28.05.2018
berlinischegalerie.de 

An exhibition is dedicated to one of the most innovative and provocative artists of British post-war Modernism, Eduardo Paolozzi (1925­–2005) in the Berlinische Galerie from 9 February to 28 May 2018. Graphic and sculptural artworks from the artist’s experimental phases will be on show, reflecting the strong influence Paolozzi had on British pop art. For the first time, the Berlinische Galerie will be staging a children’s opening event to introduce young people interested in art to Paolozzi’s work.

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Design Studio

Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich / DE
– 15.07.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

In opening the Design Studio, the Museum of Design is launching an extraordinary place for conveying basic questions of design, where the processes of the discipline take centre stage. Quick sketches can convey the idea entirely without a word being spoken, and models help to test out certain parameters. The Design Studio explains the decisions that have to be made within a design process using sample design projects.

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Open Codes

Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe / DE
– 05.08.2018
open-codes.zkm.de 

Codes are part of our everyday lives as they can be found in children’s toys or traffic light circuits. Lots of systems and parts of our reality are based on a language that follows logic. To provide an understanding of this language, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe is staging “Open Codes”. An extensive accompanying programme aims to stimulate and support the exhibition, and looks at the interfaces and tracks of the digital world. Many workshops are on offer providing an insight into specific areas and digital tools. Amongst other things, a conference on digital sovereignity will take place on 2 November 2017.

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Beyond the New

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 16.09.2018
dnstdm.de 

For their exhibition “Hella Jongerius and Louise Schouwenberg. Beyond the New”, the eponymous subjects of the show have developed a site-specific installation for the Paternoster hall in the Pinakothek der Moderne. In so doing, they are continuing the format introduced two years ago. The product designer and the design theorist collaborated on the manifesto “Beyond the New. A Search for Ideals in Design” already in 2015, which is directed against an industry that promotes the new solely for reasons of commercial success. In this current installation, too, they propound their belief that the potential of new production capabilities are often only developed when industry sets free and opens up to experimental challenges.

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d.confestival

Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam / DE
– 16.09.2018
dconfestival.hpi.de  

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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Stories. Dutch Design Damask

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / DE
– 04.11.2018
textielmuseum.nl 

Damask is a textile that allows the creation of figurative patterns using warp and weft yarn. In the past, particularly high quality and shiny materials were used due to the laborious manufacturing process; since the 20th century, cotton has been used primarily for making bed and table linens. Against this background, the exhibition, “Stories. Dutch Design Damask” running at the Textielmuseum from 11 November 2017 to 4 November 2018, displays different work in which telling stories is an important part of design – in terms of insects creeping across the table, clouds hovering threateningly over the plates or serviettes that count calories.

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An Incomplete History of Protest

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / US
– 31.12.2018
whitney.org 

Activism, criticism and politics always find expression in art, a medium that continues to find its own language for confronting protest. In its current exhibition, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York illustrates the history of protest using key themes and striking historic events such feminism and the Vietnam War. This look at protest art begins in 1940 and follows its development up to 2017, and the exhibition also examines those moments in which the museum itself was an object of protest.

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100 Prozent Wolle

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin / DE
– 23.06.2019
smb.museum 

5 November 2017 saw the opening of the special exhibition of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin: it is about wool. The interdisciplinary exhibition aims to explore the origin, processing and cultural background of wool, and to appeal to all age groups, while encouraging visitors to play and participate. The exhibition aims to provide a comprehensive picture that sheds light on manufacturing processes, shepherd’s lives and shearing, combing and washing, as well as processing into yarns, textiles, and building materials. This highlights the theme of cultural roots in an age where we see so many losses of traditions.

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UX Copenhagen

CPH Conference, DGI Byen, Copenhagen / DK
27.02.2018 – 28.02.2018
uxcopenhagen.com 

The slogan for the UX Copenhagen conference to be held on 27 and 28 February 2018 is “Ethics and the Role of the User Experience Designer”. Against this background, the various presentations will tackle subjects such as ethics, usability, accessibility, and diversity – both regarding systems, websites, apps, and physical products as well as concerning teams in which designers work together every day. The speakers include Mike Monteiro, who will be looking at the subject of design ethics in general, Jonny Rae-Evans, an expert in the field of “Designing for the Good”, and Gry Hasselbalch, who looks at the role of designers in connection with artificial intelligence and ethics. Tickets for this two-day conference, including an additional workshop day, cost 10,000 Danish kroner (about 1,000 euros).

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March

Kunsthalle for Music

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam / NL
– 03.03.2018
wdw.nl 

The long-term project “Kunsthalle for Music” by Ari Benjamin Meyers at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam will be on display at the museum from 26 January to 3 March 2018. For the project, Meyers imagined a new kind of institution at the interface between contemporary music and visual art. The exhibition aims to suggest how music can find an equal place in the ranks of contemporary art and what a corresponding institution might look like. In the centre of the exposition is an eight-piece musical ensemble that presents newly commissioned pieces during the museum’s opening hours, as well as other pieces.

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Tiere

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe , Hamburg / DE
– 04.03.2018
tiere.mkg-hamburg.de 

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg is focusing on animals for a period of four months. The themes it is tackling are respect for animals and the relationship between animals and humans which will be looked at using representations of animals in art. More than 200 international loans show animal illustrations in various media and, on a visual level, invite visitors to develop their own thoughts on how to deal with animals and to think about where they stand. The exhibition pleads for an “animal turn”, in which “the relationship between animals and humans must be renegotiated” and “animals should finally get their rights” – because their subjective feelings, their individuality and vulnerability demand respect.

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Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia / US
– 04.03.2018
philamuseum.org 

The Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola first studied architecture, amongst other universities at the Politecnico di Milano, from where she graduated with a PhD. In 2001, she founded her own studio and has been working since then for companies such as B&B Italia, Moroso, and Hansgrohe. She is known for her innovative and contemporary designs, and particularly for the link between art and industry demonstrated in her work ranging from product design to interior design to architecture. This latest exhibition, “Patricia Urquiola: Between Craft and Industry” currently on show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, displays a selection of furniture and designs and demonstrates the process from the initial concept to the final idea, as well as personal sources of inspiration for her work.

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Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970

Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz / FR
– 05.03.2018
centrepompidou-metz.fr 

Caught between modern capitalism and tradition, the exhibition currently running at the Centre Pompidou-Metz navigates Japan’s quest for its own cultural identity looking back over the past fifty years. In the 1970s, Japanese culture began to break away from the Western model and refocused on its own cultural heritage and its position in an international context. The exhibition gives an overview of contemporary Japanese art, performance, video art and fashion. It pursues the aim of correcting the reductive Western view of Japan and to illustrate the contemporary cultural landscape as a genuine Japanese characteristic.

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Frau Architekt

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 08.03.2018
dam-online.de 

The exhibition “Frau Architekt. Over 100 Years of Women in Architecture” which is on show at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum until 8 March 2018, focuses on women being admitted to study architecture at technical universities. Architecture is still a man’s world today, but it has at least been experiencing a change at universities for some years now. It is becoming more common to find even more women than men amongst the students. However, it will be several years before this trend reaches the entire field, especially in terms of leading positions in industry and academia. The exhibition looks at this phenomenon and traces historical developments in addition to current ones.

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Call for Entries. Focus Open 2018

– 09.03.2018
design-center.de 

The Design Center Baden-Württemberg is once again hosting the international design award Focus Open 2018 this year, inviting designers and companies to submit innovative projects. The organisers are primarily aiming to support the winners in marketing their products. The winning projects will be rewarded with a multi-week exhibition and publication in an internationally distributed yearbook. The projects must be officially registered by 9 March 2018 and handed in between 3 and 13 April 2018, in Ludwigsburg. A registration fee of 170 Euros has to be payed for each submission.

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Joel Meyerowitz. Why Color?

C/O Berlin , Berlin / DE
– 11.03.2018
co-berlin.org 

As a pioneer of Street and New Colour Photography, Joel Meyerowitz continues to influence the history of colour photography to this day. In the 1960s, when colour photography was almost exclusively used in advertising, Meyerowitz began photographing exclusively in colour using Kodachrome films. He thus broke with the pervasive diktat of the black and white of art photography and photojournalism. His purposeful colour compositions lend the sometimes curious everyday moments of his motifs an effective intensity and liveliness. For the first time in Germany, the retrospective at C/O Berlin is showcasing works by Joel Meyerowitz from different creative periods since 1962, in both black-and-white and colour.

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Artisti all’Opera

Museo di Roma, Rome / IT
– 11.03.2018
museodiroma.it 

The current exhibition at the Museo di Roma looks back on successful collaborations between visual artists and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma since its foundation in the late 19th century. The opera house’s collaboration with visual artists soon became a distinguishing feature of its productions – a tradition the current director of the house, Carlo Fuortes, hopes to revive. The exhibition includes works of art, drawings and costumes created through such collaborations. They reflect the history of the opera house and also make it possible to trace trends in 20th-century art.

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Constance Guisset Design, Actio!

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris / FR
– 11.03.2018
madparis.fr 

The designer and scenographer Constance Guisset has been associated with the Musée des arts décoratifs in Paris since she was a student when it exhibited her undergraduate work. In the retrospective "Constance Guisset Design, Actio!", the designer uses the museum’s rooms to showcase the objects and scenographic works from the past decade of her creative output. Various rooms in the exhibition are allocated a verb that reveals the use and intention lying behind her objects. The exhibition was brought about in collaboration with artists from different disciplines.

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From Life

Royal Academy of Arts, London / GB
– 11.03.2018
royalacademy.org.uk 

Life drawing classes have a long tradition in art. For a long time, such classes were an essential part of any artistic education – as was the case at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The current exhibition “From Life” looks back on the school’s 250-year history and explores the past and the future of drawing “from life”. The exhibited works illuminate the historical practice while simultaneously taking a look at the future and the role of technological progress and its effects on drawing.

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Between Chairs. Dialogues on Craft and Design

HfG-Archiv, Ulm / DE
– 18.03.2018
hfg-archiv.ulm.de 

In 1965 Hans Gugelot went to India and in collaboration with the Indian designer Gajanan Upadhyay and his students at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, designed an armchair known as the India Lounge. The Bauhaus Lab 2017 took this object of design as a starting point for a research expedition to India culminating in an exhibition “Between Chairs. Dialogues on Craft and Design”. It highlights the India Lounge and the dialogue between Germany and India as well as one between contemporary industrial design and local craftsmanship in the context of global modernism. The exhibition was originally shown at the Bauhaus building in Dessau, and can now be seen at the HfG-Archiv Ulm until 18 March 2018.

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Braun Prize 2018

– 20.03.2018
braunprize.org 

Taking the slogan “Design for What Matters”, the Braun Prize encourages creative professionals to submit designs for solutions promising a real improvement within an increasingly complex world. Entries can tackle global problems, but solutions dealing with improving individual living conditions are also welcome. This year, the Braun Prize is celebrating two anniversaries at the same time: the prize was inaugurated 50 years ago and it will be the twentieth time the prize has been awarded. Submissions can be two- or three-dimensional as well as interactive. There is no charge for entering the competition. Submissions can be made in the student or young talents category. The winner of the first prize will receive 15,000 US dollars. The deadline for submissions is 20 March 2018.

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Rick Owens. Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman

La Triennale di Milano, Milan / IT
– 25.03.2018
triennale.org 

Released from existing design conventions, Rick Owens presents the past two decades of his creative work in his self-curated retrospective “Subhuman Inhuman Superhuman” in the Curve Gallery at the Palazzo della Triennale in Milan. Amongst over one hundred exhibits are furniture, runway videos and curious objects in addition to garments and accessories. Creating a contrast with Owens’ elegant designs is a black sculptural shape, guiding the visitor, which winds its way like an intestine through the entire length of the gallery space. The exhibition is on show until 25 March 2018.

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Back to the Future

Foam Museum, Amsterdam / NL
– 28.03.2018
foam.org 

In photography, the common ground between the photography pioneers of the 19th century and contemporary photographers is experimentation. The lack of clarity about the new medium initially benefited scientists who discovered in it a new playground for experimentation. It is precisely this curiosity and openness that is also evident in today's generation of photographers, who embrace the medium across a range of disciplines and with new technologies. The exhibition “Back to the Future” juxtaposes photographs from both phases of photographic history while highlighting the similarity of approaches.

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SOS BRUTALISM – Save the Concrete Monsters!

Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 02.04.2018
dam-online.de 

The “SOS Brutalism – Save the Concrete Monsters!” exhibition on show in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt/Main has been organised in conjunction with the Wüstenrot Foundation and, for the first time, takes a worldwide overview of brutalist architecture between 1953 and 1979. At the same time, the title of the show is also intended to convey that brutalist architecture is threatened by demolition and redesign. The website sosbrutalism.org provides an overview of more than 1.000 brutalist buildings and gives information about how much danger an object is in. Currently, there are 108 buildings under the threat of immediate destruction. In addition, the exhibition intends to highlight regional priority areas in the UK, the US, Israel, Japan, and South America.

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The Ninth Art

Stadtmuseum Oldenburg, Oldenburg / DE
– 02.04.2018
stadtmuseum-oldenburg.de 

Three museums in Oldenburg are currently dedicating a collaborative exhibition to the theme of comics. The Stadtmuseum Oldenburg illuminates the history of comics; current German graphic novels are presented in the Horst-Janssen-Museum, and the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art tackles the comic with controversial and bleak topics under the title of “Unwanted Stories”. The three key areas are seen as chapters in a coherent story. Visitors will receive a comprehensive impression of the German and international comic scene, and the artistic and critical potential of the medium will be revealed.

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New Fabrics – New Stuff.

Textilmuseum, St. Gallen / DE
– 02.04.2018
textilmuseum.ch 

The textile museum in St. Gallen will be holding an exhibition on the use and possibilities of technical textiles until 2 April 2018. The vision of this exhibition is to raise awareness about these textiles among a broad public, to explain them and to explore their possible applications.

The supporting programme includes a range of talks and lectures, each with a different focus. Experts will present the history of functional textiles and future-oriented innovations as well as discussing influences on fashion and aesthetic change. Workshops on the development of participants’ own product ideas and a creative debate are also scheduled. A special feature is the guided tours behind the scenes of Empa, the interdisciplinary research institute of the Department of Materials Science and Technology Development at the ETH Zurich, where you can get an insight into current research.

 

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Thomas Bayrle

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 02.04.2018
mak.at 

In its exhibition “Thomas Bayrle. If It’s Too Long – Make It Longer”, the MAK in Vienna is for the first time dedicating a solo show to this illustrator, painter, and sculptor. At its centre is the installation developed especially for the exhibition “iPhone Meets Japan”, made up of innumerable mobile phones. As part of the exhibition, Bayrle illuminates the MAK’s collection using selected objects and linking several rooms in the museum together in this way. Bayrle was born in Berlin in 1937 and studied commercial art and graphic reproduction. Throughout his career he worked with metaphors of dyeing, weaving, and programming. He draws the inspiration for his works – graphics, photographs, collages, and objects – from everyday situations and political contexts.

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Pretty on Pink. Éminences Grises in Jewellery

Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Pforzheim / DE
– 02.04.2018
schmuckmuseum.de 

Grey is a reserved colour whereas pink demands attention. The exhibition “Pretty on Pink. Éminences Grises in Jewellery” uses this contrast to display jewellery from different eras. The various gradations of grey between black and white combined with different materials have been used to evoke different emotions. Thus, according to the curators, mourning jewellery in iron expresses reserve, diamond jewellery a sophisticated understatement, and jewellery in the Bauhaus tradition demonstrates rationality. Grey is primarily the colour of modernism and inspires contemporary artists such as Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Katja Prins, and Ruudt Peters. By contrast, pink often wants to shock its audience and within the exhibition it plays its part by putting the sober grey items of jewellery centre stage.

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Form follows Rule

Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna / AT
– 04.04.2018
azw.at 

In creating buildings, not only architects do have an influence on design, but laws, regulations, and standards are also of great importance when considering the whole project. This latest exhibition “Form Follows Rule” makes space for this and looks at the legal subtext governing architecture and urban development. The show displays case studies as well as historic and international comparisons and specifies definitions, which are intended to make clear as to how the existing regulations have an influence on our built environment. The current situation is examined through interviews with architects, project developers, experts, and representatives of authorities, and points out the existing complexity and inconsistencies, as well as the scope for interpretation. The aim of the exhibition is to encourage a broad, social debate to discuss which rules are necessary and what kind of statement national regulations can make about a country.

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Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age

MoMA, New York / US
– 08.04.2018
moma.org 

The “Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989” exhibition at the MoMA brings together works of art created using computers or computer-aided thinking, as well as examples of computer and component design. The exhibits include artworks, design objects, and architectural designs, which attempt to show how computers change aesthetics and hierarchies, and explore how they have influenced our professional lives and social relationships. Against this background, both photographers and architects have recognised the opportunities offered by these technologies for reconfiguring human communities and the built environment.

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Federal Ecodesign Prize 2018

– 09.04.2018
bundespreis-ecodesign.de 

This year, the seventh Federal Ecodesign Prize calls on designers from all sectors and career stages to challenge the apparent incompatibility of design and environmental compatibility. This year’s slogan is “Good design has nothing to hide”, and innovative projects that combine outstanding design with environmental compatibility can be submitted in the categories of Products, Services, Concepts and Young Talent. The award-winning and nominated projects from last year's competition are also currently on display at the Museum Information Kunst in Ludwigsburg.

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Joseph Binder Award 2018

– 15.04.2018
jba.submit.to 

The theme for the Joseph Binder Awards 2018 is “colour and form are inseparable”. Designaustria invites graphic designers and illustrators worldwide to apply by 15 April 2018. The Joseph Binder Award is Austria's only internationally advertised competition for graphic design and illustration and has been taking place biannually since 1996. The award is named after the founding father of Designaustria, Joseph Binder. Binder was among the pioneers of visual communication within and outside Austria in the first half of the 20th century.

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Ästhetik der Veränderung

MAK, Vienna / AT
– 15.04.2018
mak.at 

Working in conjunction with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the exhibition “Aesthetics of Change”, which runs from 15 December 2017 to 15 April 2018 looks at the 150-year history of the university. Back in 1867, the Austrian Museum for Art and Industry set up a school – the forerunner of today’s university – with the aim of making Austrian arts and crafts internationally competitive. The exhibition does not only explain the history of the institution, but also focuses on the future using various scenarios. Member of the board of the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Peter Weibel, who is also an professor emeritus at the University of Applied Arts Vienna is the curator of the exhibition.

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Ferrari: Under the Skin

The Design Museum, London / DE
– 15.04.2018
designmuseum.org 

This year, Ferrari marks the 70th anniversary of its existence, which began with the launch of its first eponymous car in 1947. The “Ferrari: Under the Skin” exhibition with unique cars and unpublished documents gives visitors an insight into the otherwise rather reserved world of car design. The exhibits include both early designs and rare models as well as personal documents from Enzo Ferrari’s archive. In addition to the objects on show, there are various displays of the developments in manufacturing and engineering and in the company’s racing tradition, which is not only known for its innovative streak, but is also associated with a certain glamour.

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Spielraum. Art that can be changed

Museum im Kulturspeicher , Würzburg / DE
– 22.04.2018
kulturspeicher.de 

The exhibition „Spielraum. Art that can be changed“ shows art objects that operate with variable elements. The artworks employ techniques that require the users action: static charge can be just as effective as the act of placing, positioning or laying; by pushing, turning and inserting lines, surfaces, patterns, vibrating spaces or annoying disturbances can be created. Many of these works belong to the constructive-concrete art of kinetics or somewhere in its immediate ambit; this type of art reached its zenith in the mid to late 1960s. Besides contributions from Switzerland by Max Bill, Karl Gerstner, Paul Talman and Mary Vieira, the exhibition mainly focuses on Austrian artworks. The reproductions and copies of some work by students from the vocational school in nearby Kitzingen show examples of engaged, non-doctrinaire art education.

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Welt aus Glas. Transparentes Design

Wilhelm Wangenfeld Haus, Bremen / DE
– 22.04.2018
wilhelm-wagenfeld-stiftung.de 

The exhibition “Welt aus Glas” [World of Glass] looks at transparency as a characteristic of design. The exhibition intends to demonstrate our fascination for transparent objects and follows the separate strands of the term’s development. Exhibits are on show from various areas, for example, the inflatable chair for Zanotta from the 1960s to the German Pavilion for the World Exhibition of 1958 by Egon Eiermann and Sep Ruf to the Sneaker Clear FF Silver by Sebastian Thies.

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Cupboard Love

Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Winterthur / CH
– 22.04.2018
gewerbemuseum.ch 

The Gewerbemuseum Winterthur is dedicating an exhibition to the cupboard. “Cupboard Love” will present these items of furniture in all their guises using selected examples from design history. The cupboard, or wardrobe, is a place for storing things, keeping them secure and in order, and in this exhibition it is not only seen as a design object, but also as a metaphorical vehicle in film and literature. In parallel with the exhibition, the museum is organising a talk by experts, tours and workshops for schools.

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Ceramics and Its Dimensions. Shaping the Future

Bröhan-Museum, Berlin / DE
– 22.04.2018
broehan-museum.de 

The Bröhan-Museum in Berlin is staging an exhibition entitled “Ceramics and Its Dimensions. Shaping the Future.” The exhibits are the results of the research project of the same name, in which twenty-five partner institutions from eleven European countries have joined together to research the cultural influence of this traditional material. The project involves museums, universities and companies that all wish to identify cultural, academic and industrial developments. The project evolved in co-operation with the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.

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Eloise Hawser: By the Deep, by the Mark

Somerset House, London / DE
– 22.04.2018
somersethouse.org.uk 

The exhibition “Eloise Hawser: By the Deep, by the Mark” explores parallel phenomena in fluid urban infrastructures – such as sewage systems – and the inner workings of the human body. The artist explores historical and future topics of urban planning and medicine against a background of the assumption that there is a correlation between urban and medical innovations. The results of her research are presented in the exhibition in the form of a three-dimensional mind map of sculptures, audiovisual representations, medical hardware and archive material. On 10 April 2018, Peter Bazalgette, the great-great-grandson of the civil engineer who revolutionised London's sewage system in the 19th century, will be in conversation with the artist.

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Elizabeth Friedlander

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, Ditchling / GB
– 29.04.2018
ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk 

Elizabeth Friedlander’s work is immediately recognisable as mid-20th century design. Nonetheless, the typographer, designer and artist received little recognition for her work until today. The Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft wants to change all that by telling the story of Friedlander's life and presenting her work for the first time. Information on the life of the artist, has only come to light in the last few years, thanks firstly to the guest curator of the exhibition Katharine Meynell, who produced a film about the artist in 2016 and, secondly, to Pauline Paucker, who used the artist's archives to write a book about her.

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Je t’aime, Ronit Elkabetz

Design Museum Holon, Holon / IL
– 30.04.2018
dmh.org.il 

Ronit Elkabetz (1964–2016) was an Israeli actress and film-maker. The Design Museum Holon is now launching a retrospective of a very special kind. The wardrobe of this celebrity, who died at the age of 51 from cancer, will be on show. Amongst the curators of this exhibition is her brother. Her fashion has the function of an archive: clothes that she wore to various events or in films are displayed using video art and sound installations.

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The Body: Fashion and Physique

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York / US
– 05.05.2018
fitnyc.edu 

Bodies and fashion are two cultural constructs that have acquired different characteristics throughout history. Taking a look back at the complex history of the “ideal body”, the FIT’s museum in New York highlights the relationship between body and fashion and the extent to which they have impacted each other. Starting from the 18th century, a time in which it was common to shape a body using a corset and krinoline, the exhibition follows changing ideals of the body through the centuries to the present day. The timeline concludes with designs by Becca McCharen-Tran and Christian Siriano, two designers, who, in their designs, challenge the conventions of a fashion industry that uses body-negative shapes.

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T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion

Fashion and Textile Museum, London / DE
– 06.05.2018
ftmlondon.org 

The Fashion and Textile Museum in London is dedicating an exhibition to one of the most popular and affordable garments there is: the T-shirt. The exhibition will cover the historical biography of the garment, technological advances in its design as well as its function as a sociopolitical medium of the 20th century. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a private collection of Vivienne Westwood designs, ranging from early works to current collections. A photo series by the photographer Susan Barnett is also showcased in the exhibition. Entitled “T: The Typology of the T-Shirt” the series presents the T-shirt as a medium of individual expression.

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Jil Sander

Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main / DE
– 06.05.2018
museumangewandtekunst.de 

Jil Sander, whose real name is Heidemarie Jiline Sander, is one of the most influential fashion designers of her generation. The Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main is now staging the first solo show in a museum dedicated to her under the title of “Jil Sander”. Spacious multimedia installations reflect her influence on aesthetics, material, and form – not only in fashion, but also in product design, architecture, and landscape architecture. In addition to a high level of quality, Sanders’ work is particularly notable for its modernity, which for her means highlighting people’s personalities and helping individuals to find their own strengths.

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Tom Loeser: Please Please Please

Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco / US
– 20.05.2018
sfmcd.org 

In the exhibition entitled “Tom Loeser: Please Please Please” running from 20 January to 20 May 2018, visitors are invited to consider the question posed by Loeser: If the furniture we sit on every day was different, would our lives be different, too? The exhibition displays the results of the designer’s investigation of unconventional furniture forms which began in the early 1980s with a series of folding chairs. His designs always create opportunities for interaction – between a person and an object, but also between people. With this in mind, Loeser wants his work to inspire people to break away from their habits and to be playful with their environment and other people. The exhibits include about 20 pieces of furniture, most of which have been made recently, as well as framed artworks.

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Eduardo Paolozzi. Lots of Pictures – Lots of Fun

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin / DE
– 28.05.2018
berlinischegalerie.de 

An exhibition is dedicated to one of the most innovative and provocative artists of British post-war Modernism, Eduardo Paolozzi (1925­–2005) in the Berlinische Galerie from 9 February to 28 May 2018. Graphic and sculptural artworks from the artist’s experimental phases will be on show, reflecting the strong influence Paolozzi had on British pop art. For the first time, the Berlinische Galerie will be staging a children’s opening event to introduce young people interested in art to Paolozzi’s work.

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Design Studio

Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich / DE
– 15.07.2018
museum-gestaltung.ch 

In opening the Design Studio, the Museum of Design is launching an extraordinary place for conveying basic questions of design, where the processes of the discipline take centre stage. Quick sketches can convey the idea entirely without a word being spoken, and models help to test out certain parameters. The Design Studio explains the decisions that have to be made within a design process using sample design projects.

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Open Codes

Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe / DE
– 05.08.2018
open-codes.zkm.de 

Codes are part of our everyday lives as they can be found in children’s toys or traffic light circuits. Lots of systems and parts of our reality are based on a language that follows logic. To provide an understanding of this language, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe is staging “Open Codes”. An extensive accompanying programme aims to stimulate and support the exhibition, and looks at the interfaces and tracks of the digital world. Many workshops are on offer providing an insight into specific areas and digital tools. Amongst other things, a conference on digital sovereignity will take place on 2 November 2017.

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Beyond the New

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 16.09.2018
dnstdm.de 

For their exhibition “Hella Jongerius and Louise Schouwenberg. Beyond the New”, the eponymous subjects of the show have developed a site-specific installation for the Paternoster hall in the Pinakothek der Moderne. In so doing, they are continuing the format introduced two years ago. The product designer and the design theorist collaborated on the manifesto “Beyond the New. A Search for Ideals in Design” already in 2015, which is directed against an industry that promotes the new solely for reasons of commercial success. In this current installation, too, they propound their belief that the potential of new production capabilities are often only developed when industry sets free and opens up to experimental challenges.

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d.confestival

Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam / DE
– 16.09.2018
dconfestival.hpi.de  

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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Stories. Dutch Design Damask

Textielmuseum, Tilburg / DE
– 04.11.2018
textielmuseum.nl 

Damask is a textile that allows the creation of figurative patterns using warp and weft yarn. In the past, particularly high quality and shiny materials were used due to the laborious manufacturing process; since the 20th century, cotton has been used primarily for making bed and table linens. Against this background, the exhibition, “Stories. Dutch Design Damask” running at the Textielmuseum from 11 November 2017 to 4 November 2018, displays different work in which telling stories is an important part of design – in terms of insects creeping across the table, clouds hovering threateningly over the plates or serviettes that count calories.

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An Incomplete History of Protest

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / US
– 31.12.2018
whitney.org 

Activism, criticism and politics always find expression in art, a medium that continues to find its own language for confronting protest. In its current exhibition, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York illustrates the history of protest using key themes and striking historic events such feminism and the Vietnam War. This look at protest art begins in 1940 and follows its development up to 2017, and the exhibition also examines those moments in which the museum itself was an object of protest.

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100 Prozent Wolle

Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin / DE
– 23.06.2019
smb.museum 

5 November 2017 saw the opening of the special exhibition of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin: it is about wool. The interdisciplinary exhibition aims to explore the origin, processing and cultural background of wool, and to appeal to all age groups, while encouraging visitors to play and participate. The exhibition aims to provide a comprehensive picture that sheds light on manufacturing processes, shepherd’s lives and shearing, combing and washing, as well as processing into yarns, textiles, and building materials. This highlights the theme of cultural roots in an age where we see so many losses of traditions.

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Sydney Design Festival 2018

Sydney / AU
02.03.2018 – 11.03.2018
sydneydesign.com.au 

The themes and challenges currently occupying Australian and international design will be presented from 2 to 11 March 2018 at the Sydney Design Festival. Professional visitors and the wider public will be introduced to a diverse spectrum of design through presentations, workshops, tours and exhibitions. The theme of this year’s festival is “Call to Action” and refers to the ability of design to bring about change. The headquarters of the festival is located in the Powerhouse Museum which with extended opening hours is also open at night during the festival.

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MCBW

Munich / DE
03.03.2018 – 11.03.2018
mcbw.de 

The Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW), which takes place annually is dedicated to promoting Munich and Bavaria as creative locations as well as an outstanding entrepreneurial connection of design and business. This year, the professional audience and the general public interested in design will be targeted more specifically in the two areas entitled Create Business! and Design Schau! With its various exhibitions in the Deutsches Museum, the MCBW Forum will once again serve as a contact point for visitors. A variety of conferences, symposiums, workshops, receptions and other events are also on the programme for 2018. The MCBW Start-up format offers new entrepreneurs the opportunity to network with investors by means of workshops, coaching sessions, and presentations.

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Toca Me

Alte Kongresshalle, Munich / DE
03.03.2018 – 03.03.2018
toca-me.com 

The Toca Me design conference will cover the entire discipline – from analogue to digital, from graphic design and illustration to animation and creative programming. Among the speakers on the day will be the programmer Jared Tarbell and the graphic designer Malika Favre. In addition, the organisers have managed to engage the illustrator and artist Mr Bingo, the designer Patrick Thomas, and the animation designers Susi Sie and Remo Gambacciani to contribute to the programme. The conference will take place as part of the MCBW in the Alte Kongresshalle in Munich. Standard tickets for the event can be purchased for 109 euros, whereas late-bird tickets will cost 129 euros.

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Beyond Change

FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel / DE
08.03.2018 – 10.03.2018
beyondchange.ch 

Design as a solution strategy for global problems is on everyone's lips. The conference “Beyond Change. Questioning the Role of Design at Times of Global Transformations“ at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel aims to challenge the validity of this approach. Can design really be a panacea for the social, environmental and political challenges of our time? The conference is hosted by the Swiss Design Network and includes seven keynote lectures, 18 sessions and four workshops on sustainability, design and colonialism, as well as a film screening and performance. In parallel, the project Building Platforms will be presented, an initiative including three design platforms that stimulate an intersectional debate on policy in design.

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Ladfest

Lima / PE
09.03.2018 – 10.03.2018
ladfest.org 

The annual Ladfest – Latin American Design Festival – was the first to be established in South America. It is dedicated to supporting and positioning the continent’s approaches to design in the wider world through conferences, workshops, exhibitions and other events. Designers from the sectors of branding, publishing, packaging, illustration, typography, and animation attend the event – ranging from free- lancers to advertising agencies to large companies with in-house design teams. The speakers include designers from South America, newcomers from around the world, and established designers who hope to inspire others with their presentations and projects on the role that design can play in society and in the business world in the future. Next to the conference, another important part of the event is the award ceremony to honour the winners of the Latin American Design Award.

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Flats, Flats, Flats! Housing in Bavaria 1918–2018

Architekturmuseum der TU München, Munich / DE
15.03.2018 – 21.05.2018
architekturmuseum.de 

Housing construction is as topical today as it was a century ago. The exhibition on show in the Architekturmuseum of the TU Munich, entitled “Flats, Flats, Flats! Housing in Bavaria 1918–2018” displays spatial concepts and architectural solutions as a consequence of various political decisions or economic and social developments in Bavaria. The various construction measures – from private homes to small housing estates to skyscrapers – cover diverse social classes and municipal building measures as well as projects in rural areas. Against this backdrop, the exhibition highlights historical and current issues, for example, changes in legislation, waves of refugees, housing shortages, financial limitations, developments in mobility, changes in the structure of the family, and technical innovations.

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