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WHAT’S MINED IS YOURS

More than ever DAE’s youngest generation of designers is turning doubts about the world into a productive instrument. Surrounded by ‘alternative truths’ in almost every aspect of their lives, they deploy the power of questioning the obvious and do not shy away from unravelling hidden complexities. Design Academy Eindhoven’s upcoming Graduation Show presents the outcomes of their fundamental research and reflections. MINED, the overall theme for the 2017 show curated by Formafantasma, encompasses the many directions that came out of this approach. From reconstructions to storytelling, from archaeology to investigative reporting, and from a tool that makes body language noticeable for a visually impaired listener to an analysis of how a flush toilet can become a metaphor for political oppression and racial discrimination.
 

Digging deep is digging hard. Students have been mining their own personal lives as well as data sets and codes of law and material and technological possibilities to address omnipresent concerns. Working as archaeologists they dug up dirt and poetry while creating alternatives for existing models, systems and products. This can be a painful process, and it takes commitment and perseverance to find useful fragments and raw materials to compose possible answers. The result is personal yet universal. The 177 projects in the 2017 Graduation Show do not pretend to give definitive solutions. However, their lingering does result in fascinating new approaches that reveal possible futures. To name just a few:

Irene Stracuzzi (MA Information Design) investigated and mapped the liquid borders in one of the world’s most contested regions, where the concept of mining could be a source of wealth and global conflict: the Arctic regions. Her model of the Arctic regions becomes a projection ground for all kinds of political and territorial claims and treaties.

Friso Wiersma (BA Man & Well-Being) made his installation as a tribute to craftsmanship. His custom woodwork is a stand against modern mass-produced furniture. The finished piece, a cupboard, is made to fit the designers personal body measurements and the tools used by him embody the hands of the maker, his repetitive motions, his attention to detail and his physical relation to the properties of the natural material.

Nadine Botha (MA Design Curating and Writing) reflects on a case of racial discrimination by the Cape Town municipality. Inadequate sanitation services – in the form of portable flush toilets – have been distributed all over the informal urban settlements of Cape Town, causing the so-called Toilet Wars. Her research explores how a camping accessory became a protest totem.

Marie Caye (BA Food Non Food) created SAM, a Symbiotic Autonomous Machine that sells lemonade and is able to autonomously manage recipes, prices, maintenance, service and cleaning labour. We become increasingly dependent on the qualities of autonomous machines, and will have to cooperate with them more and more. But we don’t grant them a legal status as ‘beings’. Why not?

The graduation projects visualise how curiosity, coupled with the optimism that is inherent to design, is a key to change. The resources that have been unearthed during the process are as essential for the re-invention of our society as they are for each of us individually.

The Arena

The Graduation Show presents much more than merely the physical outcomes of the mining process that the graduates accomplished. As part of the installation, The Arena provides a permanent platform to address aspects of the design practice that lie behind or beyond the object, and themes that connect them. Performances, films, talks, presentations and debates are staged by students, graduates, alumni and prominent professionals from the design field and the extended DAE community.

The audience can listen in on a discussion about the influence of changing technologies. They’ll experience the potential of Fluid Politics. Or hear Charles Esche (Director Van Abbemuseum) explore the intersections between art, architecture and design with the Academy’s new Creative Director Joseph Grima.

Visitors information

Dates:
21 – 29 October 2017

General Opening hours:

Saturday 21.10 13:00 - 18:00
Sunday 22.10 11:00 - 18:00
Monday 23.10 11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 24.10 11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 25.10 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 26.10 11:00 - 20:00
Friday 27.10 11:00 - 20:00
Saturday 28.10 11:00 - 20:00
Sunday 29.10 11:00 - 18:00


VIP opening:
Saturday 21th October, 11.00, 5th floor  (invite only)

Location:
Design Academy Eindhoven
De Witte Dame, 3rd floor
Emmasingel 14
5611 AZ Eindhoven

The Graduation Show is part of the Dutch Design Week 2017.

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Tickets

Tickets are available online and at the door. See DDW Tickets for more information.

STUDY AT DAE

Daily Talk&Tours during DDW
Looking for a BA or MA education & curious about the courses at Design Academy Eindhoven? Talk&Tour with us during Dutch Design Week!

From Monday 23 October until Saturday 28 October Design Academy Eindhoven invites you to join our Bachelor and Master Talk&Tours. Joining Talk&Tour also allows you free entrance to the DAE Graduation Show afterwards.

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Keep an Eye Award Ceremony

During the opening of the Graduation Show (Saturday 21 October, from 11:00 hrs.) the winners of the Keep an Eye Design Talent Grant will be announced. An expert jury selected four exceptional talents in this years’ show. They all receive a € 10.000 grant, awarded by the Keep an Eye Foundation in collaboration with Design Academy Eindhoven.

Beyond Generations


7 October - 5 November     

The traces from Design Academy Eindhoven become tangible by the work from its alumni and are therefore crucial for the Academy and the development of the design field. Over the years the Academy has evolved from a Dutch Academy to a recognised and highly prized player in the international arena, with alumni that can be found all over the world.

Beyond Generations is the opening exhibition in a series of five consecutive exhibitions at the Van Abbemuseum in the run op to Academy’s jubilee, its 75th anniversary in five years’ time. Beyond Generations shows eight conceptual frameworks in which the work of designers exemplify the dialogue inherent between generations designers. The frameworks are placed in a broader perspective by combining them with works of art from the Van Abbemuseum.


Illustration: Gijs Kast

The exhibition shows designs by generations of designers who are or have been affiliated with the Academy, like Maarten Baas, Formafantasma, Hella Jongerius, Dave Hakkens, Frans de la Haye, Ulf Moritz and Marijke van der Wijst. The Academy invited Annemartine van Kesteren, Curator Design at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, to compose this exhibition.

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The Graduation Show is part of the Dutch Design Week 2017.
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