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Milan 2017: Light and Darkness

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Milan 2017: Light and Darkness

David Derksen/Earnest Studio, 2017

With their second presentation at the Salone Satellite, occurring simultaneously with the Euroluce lighting fair, David Derksen and Earnest Studio (Rachel Griffin) hope to strengthen their existing relationships and build new ones. By working together on their presentation, they aim to join forces to get more value from participating in the trade fair. For the 2017 edition, David Derksen and Earnest Studio's presentation Light and Darkness will be dedicated to lighting: they will showcase their best new and existing lighting designs in a dramatic, spherical presentation that plays with darkness and light to highlight the sculptural qualities, composition, materials and texture of their work.

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Borders and Territories. Identity in Place

TD Netherlands, 2018

Theo Deutinger is invited by Aedes Network Campus Berlin (ANCB) to the event 'Borders and Territories: Identity in Place'on 22 March 2018 in Berlin. With Annett Zinsmeister, Lukas Feireiss and Ai Weiwei he will discuss current developments regarding territories, borders and geopolitical corridors to formulate a vision for the future.
In this context he will present chapters from his 'Handbook of Tyranny'. He is also invited to present the content of the book during an "pin-up" exhibition developed in collaboration with writer en curator Brendan McGetrick.

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The Dreamers of the Day; Live events at the University of the Underground

Nelly Ben Hayoun, 2017

The University of the Underground is an initiative of the designer Nelly Ben Hayoun in which a series of six experimental events are organized so as to question the ethos of public institutions. During the event international interdisciplinary professions will discuss their (design) methodology, production systems, thoughts and dreams with the Dutch creative industry and underground scene. The programme focuses on social dreaming as a tool for unravelling thought processes: working from a shared process, research, method and theme, cultures are fused together and form an international counter movement leading to a power shift. The University of the Underground believes that creativity should permeate from the underground and urban spaces right up to the established order. The events take place from November 2017 on a monthly basis in the Marktkantine nightclub. Our Machine and the Sandberg Institute are collaborating and This Works at WeTransfer and WeTransfer are acting as media partners.

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Future Museum

Darunee Terdtoontaveedej, 2017

Designer Darunee Terdtoontaveedej is carrying out research into the way history is represented in European museums. The designer is applying for a start-up grant to carry out preliminary research into a contemporary and innovative type of historical museum entitled the 'Future Museum'. The designer takes decolonization as the central focus of the research, which will be explored on various levels. During the start-up grant period Terdtoontaveedej plans to research related themes, other (design) initiatives focused on decolonizing the representation of history, and formulate the initial thoughts for a contemporary museum model. In the next phase Terdtoontaveedej will involve other designers and the public in order to develop a new model that will be presented in the form of in a series of publications.

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Sae Honda, 2017

Inspired by new, found material made up of rock containing plastic waste (plastiglomerate), (jewellery) designer Sae Honda collected plastic debris and similar rubbish and melted these down to create a new material. After further processing a kind of artificial hybrid stone emerged. She presented the stones at a number of design weeks and events, and several of the stones have now been taken into the permanent collections of museums all over the world. Sai Honda is seeking to bring out a publication that will collate the stone collection and tell their underlying story. The project is not just about recycling material, but also tells a story about mankind and the current era. In the same way as diamonds are the result of volcanic processes, these stones are the residue of modern culture. The graphic design is by Akiko Wakabayashi and Lonneke van der Palen is responsible for the photography of the stones. The Japanese publisher Torch Press will bring out the book with an introduction by Rutger Emmelkamp. Promotional activities are planned in both the Netherlands and Japan.

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Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum / Pinakothek der Moderne, 2017

Die Neue Sammlung of Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (Germany) showcases the exhibition 'Beyond the New' in November 2017. The exhibition is accompanied by the publication 'Beyond the New' written by researcher Louise Schouwenberg. The concept of both the show and the publication has been developed by Hella Jongerius and Louise Schouwenberg, and builds on an on-going theoretical research into the representation of design. Schouwenberg is responsible for the research and publication texts in which she explores the various roles and functions of design in everyday life, and how these can be interpreted in the various contexts in which design is manifest, such as in a museum for example. Using text and image, the book also focuses on objects from the exhibition. Schouwenberg is hoping the book will stimulate research within the design field and contribute to a wide understanding of the necessity and significance of design, particularly in relation to other cultural domains. Irma Boom will design the book and Die Neue Sammlung is responsible for the publication, the launch and distribution, via Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, among others.

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