In collaboration with a number of the key organizations in Danish design and crafts, the Danish Art Workshops will host a professional and festive conference on
Change | Maker
The launch in 2016 of the MANIFESTA conference will introduce an overall theme based on the concept of change making.
Throughout all times we’ve seen great examples of the implementation of new technologies, business models, products etc., which have created enlightenment and added new meaning. The will and need to create change is crucial, not least when it comes to design.
We would like to pay a tribute to the people who see change as a possibility, not as an obstacle. The theme will identify some of the significant changes we see in the design area today, unfolded by three insightful experts.
Our three speakers are all operating in the field of design and crafts, and will address different perspectives upon the issue of change making.
Maggots. Sheep stomachs. Seaweed. German-born designer and researcher Julia Lohmann investigates and critiques the ethical and material value systems underpinning our relationship with flora and fauna. She is a Professor of Design at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg (HFBK) and directs her London-based design practice.
Julia studied at the Royal College of Art, where she has also been teaching and is currently engaged in an AHRC-funded collaborative PhD scholarship between the RCA and the Victoria & Albert Museum.
As designer in residence at the V&A in 2013, she established the Department of Seaweed, a transdisciplinary community of practice exploring the marine plant’s potential as a design material.
Julia Lohmann’s work is part of major public and private collections worldwide and has received awards, bursaries and support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the British Council, Jerwood Contemporary Makers, D&AD, Stanley Picker Gallery, the Arts Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.
As insights into advanced materials and new technologies begin to emerge, Bradley Quinn will make a future that may seem out of reach right now, but relevant to the creative industries today. He is convinced that advanced materials developed by researchers and scientists active in the fields of biotech, synthetic biology, nanotech and wearable technology will radically change how we think about manufacturing and waste. Technologically-engineered but organically-grown, new conductive materials will contain integrated power sources and replace computer parts. Textiles will become leaders in material innovation, with fibres manipulated at the molecular level to create new performances and entire fabrics grown and harvested like crops.
Author, academic and fashion industry strategist, Bradley Quinn is an expert on wearable technology and emerging trends. His work introduces fashion and sportswear brands to advanced materials, new product types and long-ranging concepts. Bradley directs his own consultancy and carries out research projects with laboratories and institutes around the world. He has written 15 books about the future of design, fashion and textile.
Change plays a central role in design. The word design has meant different things at different times and in different contexts, but it has always had one elemental meaning, as an agent of change that helps us to make sense of changes of any type - political, economic, environmental, technological. The most dynamic periods of design history have been those of greatest change. This talk will explore how those changes - from dazzling advances in science and technology, to the deepening environmental crisis and the transformation of our personal identities - will create challenges and opportunities for design in the future.
Alice Rawsthorn writes about design in the International New York Times, which syndicates her columns worldwide. She is a columnist for Frieze magazine, and the author of the critically acclaimed book "Hello World: Where Design Meets Life", which explores design’s impact on our lives: past, present and future. Based in London, Alice is chair of trustees of Chisenhale Gallery and the contemporary dance group Michael Clark Company, as well as a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery. She was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to design and the arts.