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Tour A: Who We Are: Deconstructing Identity

Kitchenware, rugs, flags, clothes, architecture, books, and chairs. What do they have in common? They can be the starting points for discussions about identity. We constantly build our assumptions on other people based on the characteristics we can observe in their external choices—from their appearance to their possessions and homes. This tour looks at the way preconceptions are built, navigating through a curated selection of projects that negotiate identity in terms of nationality, gender, and politics. It will explore design as an instrument to question, reflect, contest, confront, and redefine the notion of identity and how it is represented.

Times:

  • Saturday, October 20th at 15.00
  • Monday, October 22nd at 15.00
  • Wednesday, October 24th at 15.00

Guided by:

  • Yasmin Tri Aryani
  • Anna Maria Michail

Featuring:

  • Joep Truijen, Facing Average (BA Man and Communication)
  • Doris Verlaat, Normaal (BA Man and Leisure)
  • Anna Jensen, A Basic Instinct (MA Contextual Design)
  • Ola Korbańska, Purity is Temporary (MA Contextual Design)
  • Anna Kic, White is Better than Red (MA Contextual Design)
  • Sia Degel, The Multi-Locals (BA Man and Identity)
  • Mar Ginot Blanco, Transnational Spaces (MA Information Design)
  • Stacia Tasmin, Semur/Smoor (MA Information Design)
  • Zofia Nowakowska, Life Institutionalised (BA Public Private)
  • Yasmin Aryani, Mapping the Way Home (MA Design Curating and Writing)
  • Karolina Michalik, Home Post Home (MA Social Design)
  • Julia Owczarczak, The Bonding Boundary (MA Social Design)
  • Lithai Cohen Pletain, Grey Borders (BA Man and Activity)
  • Anna Ballmann, Double Sided (BA Man and Activity)

 

Tour B: Processing the Image: Surveying the Influence of Social Media and the Internet

In today’s digital landscape, the agency of the image is in constant evolution and flux. As images circulate through the Internet, especially on social media, we collectively consume and appropriate them in different ways. At the same time, there has been a parallel shift in the ways that objects are displayed, conceived, used, and represented through such images. This tour investigates how designers use images—both opportunistically and critically—in contemporary society, how images influence their process, and how their projects become images as such—and reflects on the wider cultural effects of these phenomena.

Times:

  • Saturday, October 20th at 16.00
  • Monday, October 22nd at 16.00
  • Wednesday, October 24th at 16.00
  • Friday, October 26th at 16.00
  • Sunday, October 28th at 16.00

Guided by:

  • Delany Boutkan
  • Edoardo Tedone
  • Rachel Morón

Featuring:

  • Mariska Lamiaud, #AKKT Instagrammable Activism (BA Man and Activity)
  • Kiki Van Caspel, Proud on Print (BA Man and Leisure)
  • Millie Herpin, Bliss.bis (BA Man and Communication)
  • Mikaela Stenfalk, Collective Collection (BA Man and Communication)
  • Elissa Assaf, Hues of Saturation (MA Contextual Design)
  • Hala Tawil, Gradual Unease (MA Contextual Design)
  • Ishtar (Wei-Chen) Hsu, The Frames of Mercy (MA Information Design)
  • Delany Boutkan, The Things of the Internet (MA Design Curating and Writing)

 

Tour C: Errors Aren’t Forever: The Fallibility of Technological Progress


Technology dominates the popular psyche, from our embrace of new modes of expression to our fear of being replaced and surpassed by its capabilities, and even our inability to formulate our ideas without it. Design has always been inextricable from technology, from basic tools to sophisticated algorithms, but it has also been used to express cultural ideologies and moralities regarding technology, oscillating between futuristic techno-optimism and Luddite rejection of mechanisation or automation. This tour connects projects that incorporate contemporary technologies, embracing the provisional nature, imperfection, and unpredictability of design prototypes.

Times:

  • Friday, October 26th at 15.00
  • Sunday, October 28th at 15.00

Guided by:

  • Josh Plough, Matilde Losi
  • Mechteld Jungerius
  • José Tomás Pérez Valle

Featuring:

  • Josh Plough, Errors Aren't Forever (MA Design Curating and Writing)
  • Annika Felder, Searching Universality (MA Information Design)
  • Mariska Lamiaud, #AKKT Instagrammable Activism (BA Man and Activity)
  • Alvin Arthur, Body Processing (BA Food Non Food)
  • Jekabs Drēska, Celebrate Your Fitness (BA Man and Activity)
  • Pierre Castignola, Copytopia (BA Man and Leisure)

 

Tour D: Public Safety: Hard and Soft Measures

Designing for communities poses a number of particular challenges. First, it must address a diverse population that cannot be precisely predicted, and which may change over time due to aging, migration, or cultural shifts. Second, it must withstand the high demands of public space including safety, durability, and weathering. Finally, it must sensitively negotiate the line between empowerment and control, originality and banality, protection and restriction, innovation and conservatism. This tour encounters designers who have addressed community in their work, and studies how the public role of design is adapting (consciously or unconsciously) to the needs of the present day.

Times:

  • Sunday, October 21st at 15.00
  • Sunday, October 21st at 16.00
  • Tuesday, October 23rd at 16.00
  • Thursday, October 25th at 16.00

Guided by:

  • Kirsten Geekie
  • Sofia Irene Marmolejo
  • Tasminder Marsh

Featuring:

  • Edwin van Capelleveen, Social Balconies (BA Man and Activity)
  • Tachisse de Beun, Safety is a Luxury (BA Man and Identity)
  • Zofia Nowakowska, Life Institutionalised (BA Public Private)
  • Joep Truijen, Facing Average (BA Man and Communication)
  • Julia Owczarczak, The Bonding Boundary (MA Social Design)
  • Istar (Wei-Chen) Hsu, The Frames of Mercy (MA Information Design)
  • Lola Lorite Álvarez de Perea, Consuming the City (MA Information Design)
  • Kirsten Geekie, In Anticipation (MA Design Curating and Writing)