@ Noblessneri valukoda, Peetri 10, 10411 Tallinn, Estonia
The workshop will take the form of a talk, followed by Q&A.
Guest speaker will be Edgar Bąk, a major graphic designer in Poland.
The workshop will be held as part of the exhibition "Living the Modernist City - WWA"
, curated by Kolektiv, a gallery and group of curators devoted to Modernism, established at Le Corbusier's Housing Unit in Marseille. This event will launch a series of events around the same theme, bringing together designers, graphic designers, architects, photographs, visual artists and scholars from different Central and Eastern European countries, to take place in 2019-2022.
On the 17th afternoon, we will first introduce the work of our Kolektiv, largely devoted to Central and Eastern European design scenes in relation to 20th century architecture, and how the project Living the Modernist City emerged. Following this introduction, our guest speaker will be Edgar Bąk, a major graphic designer in Poland, who left his print on a number of venues of Warsaw contemporary cultural scene, and witnessed the massive changes experienced by the polish metropolis since the late 1990s. He will share his own vision of the polish modernist city and of its considerable visual impact on contemporary design and creation. In relation to the festival's core theme, we will explore the following questions with the audience:
How signs can shape a city and ultimately be one of the materials a city is made of?
What is the experience of Warsaw and other modernist Eastern European cities to that regard?
How specific landmarks such as wall paintings, neons or key public buildings do contribute to create a sense of belonging that is specific to cities or districts built after 1950?
These themes could interestingly resonate also in the Baltics, where modernist landscape from the 1960-80s, although much present, is not fully perceived as autochthonous urban fabrics, but as the footprint of the former USSR rule. Attendance and participation is opened to anyone interested in (or inspired by) modernist aesthetics.