state of DESIGN, BERLIN



THIS WAS state of DESIGN, BERLIN 2016:

THE INAUGURAL EDITION OF A NEW YEARLY FESTIVAL, AND THE MAIN EVENT OF THIS YEAR’S BERLIN DESIGN WEEK.

A VERY DIFFERENT KIND OF DESIGN EVENT, UNIQUE IN THE WAY IT DOES NOT JUST SHOW THE LATEST IN DESIGN, BUT TRIES TO REVEAL AND QUESTION THE INSPIRATION AND PROCESS BEHIND ITS MAKING, THE WAY IN WHICH IT IS INNOVATIVE AND PROBLEM SOLVING, ETCETERA, TAKING DESIGN AWAY FROM SHOWROOMS AND TRADE FAIRS, AND PRESENTING IT AS A SUBJECT OF REFLECTION AND DEBATE, USING THE GREATEST POSSIBLE VARIETY OF PARAMETERS, FROM MATERIALS AND TECNIQUES TO THE GLOBAL POLITICAL AND ECONOMICAL CONTEXT,

THEREFORE ALSO embracing ‘THE OTHER 90%’, COUNTRIES, CULTURES AND THEMES THAT DESPITE OF THEIR CRUCIAL IMPORTANCE ARE STILL LARGELY IGNORED BY THE DESIGN SCENE.

OTTO - Allerorten by University of Applied Sciences / Fachhochschule Potsdam

Wrapped II by Pierre Kracht (Image: Alexandra Klatt; Compass Rose Collection by

From the Refugium-Nieuwe German Gestaltung exhibition: Bestiarium by Maria Volok

Cultural Commuters ©: Opening Performances (Images: Dirk van Gogh)

Talk by Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung, with Jesko Fezer, Claudia Mareis and S

the KAOS Spree-terrace.



AIMING AT THE LARGEST POSSIBLE AUDIENCE AND IMPACT, AND INVITING THE VISITOR TO BECOME A PARTICIPANT IN THE DEBATE,

SPREAD OVER 5 DAYS, AND 10 CAREFULLY SELECTED VENUES ALL OVER THE CITY, EACH WITH ITS OWN ATMOSPHERE, AND HOVERING BETWEEN EXTREMES AS EAST AND WEST, OR TRASH AND KITSCH.

5 MAJOR EXHIBITIONS, ON TOPICAL THEMES THAT REACHED FROM ‘SOMETHING FROM NOTHING’, AND ‘URBAN SHAPESHIFTERS’, TO ‘FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS’ AND ‘CULTURAL COMMUTERS ®’.

A RED BALLROOM CONFERENCE CUM FILM DAY ON DESIGN & VIOLENCE,

SEVERAL OTHER PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS, ON DESIGN & HEALTH, BUT ALSO ON CANOE BUILDING AND FOOTBALL WEAVING.

TALKS, GUIDED TOURS, AND PARTIES.

BUT ABOVE ALL AN OPEN AND INFORMAL PLATFORM THAT OFFERED PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXCHANGE WITH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL DESIGN PROFESSIONALS AND AFICIONADOS, AND LEADING REPRESENTATIVES OF A GREAT NUMBER OF OTHER FIELDS, HIGHLIGHTING PROJECTS WHICH EXPLAIN THAT DESIGN ISN’T NECESSARILY ONLY ABOUT LIFESTYLE, SHOW OR PROFIT, BUT CAN BE MUCH MORE ESSENTIAL, MORE CULTURAL, CRITICAL, EXPERIMENTAL, AND SOCIAL, AND FOR ALL CHALLENGING.

AND ALREADY ATTRACTING NEARLY 5.000 VISITORS WITH ITS FIRST EDITION.



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