XIV TALLINN DESIGN FESTIVAL
16.09.—22.09.2019 
FUTURE MATERIALS
The XIII Tallinn Design Festival will be held from 16 to 22 September 2019. For a week, the unique festival which centres on different parts of Tallinn will be revived. Read More...

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CONFERENCE "Future Materials"


International Conference "Future Materials"

 presents talks about how science, design, art and production are intermingled in today’s life. To maintain sustainable environment on the planet, society needs to rethink and revaluate the qualities of materials and their impact on the life around us. So research and development of new materials as well as recycling and processing of existing ones hold great importance. Conference presents innovative design experts with long-term practical experience from Holland, Great Britain and Estonia. Simone de Waart, Zoe Powell, Riina Õun and Kärt Ojavee introduce methods of developing new bio-based materials like mushrooms and alga, as well as designing new products, whereas Reet Aus introduces in addition to the method of upcycling the products made of yarn from old clothes. One day prior to the conference there will be held 2 workshops on materials, hosted by the speakers.

International conference “Future Materials” presents talks about how science,design, art and production are intermingled in today’s life. To maintain sustainable environment on the planet, society needs to rethink and revaluate the qualities of materials and their impact on the life around us. So research and development of new materials as well as recycling and processing of existing ones hold great importance. Conference presents innovative design experts with long-term practical experience from Holland, Great Britain and Estonia. Simone de Waart, Zoe Powell, Riina Õun and Kärt Ojavee introduce methods of developing new bio-based materials like mushrooms and alga, as well as designing new products, whereas Reet Aus introduces in addition to the method of upcycling the products made of yarn from old clothes. One day prior to the conference there will be held 2 workshops on materials, hosted by the speakers.

International conference “Future Materials” presents talks about how science,

design, art and production are intermingled in today’s life. To maintain sustainable

environment on the planet, society needs to rethink and revaluate the qualities of

materials and their impact on the life around us. So research and development of

new materials as well as recycling and processing of existing ones hold great

importance. Conference presents innovative design experts with long-term practical

experience from Holland, Great Britain and Estonia. Simone de Waart, Zoe Powell,

Riina Õun and Kärt Ojavee introduce methods of developing new bio-based

materials like mushrooms and alga, as well as designing new products, whereas

Reet Aus introduces in addition to the method of upcycling the products made of

yarn from old clothes. One day prior to the conference there will be held 2 workshops

on materials, hosted by the speakers.



Workshop/Talk: Living the Modernist City - WWA
Workhsop/talk will be organised 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 held at Tallinn Design Festival 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 briefly 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. More specifically, and also more 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 polish 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? We believe that 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, but as the footprint of the former USSR rule. Edgar Bąk about modernism: "My own relation to modernism comes from the place where I grew up. This is a large district of blocks of flats with the characteristic idea of separating pedestrian and car traffic on two floors. My first and intuitive sense of modernism came undoubtedly from there, from living in a place where someone had a specific design idea" About Warsaw: "This city has an incredibly complicated history. For over 200 years the country was divided between three Empires, Warsaw governed by the Russian Empire. World War I brought independence and with it the reconstruction of the city and replacement of neoclassical architecture by modern styles such as functionalism. World War II ruined almost 90% of the city and some early rebuilding was done in the style of socialist realism, while some later structures were something like often poorly executed modernist prefabricated housing blocks. A mix of concrete slabs with what remained of the old urban plan. Then, there were years of 1990s’ postmodernism. Warsaw feels a bit like in Berlin, where many areas have also remained under-developed. Flowing through Warsaw, the Wisła river is still quite untamed: little waterfront construction, but several beaches. There you can meet wild pigs and beavers. It is a unique place for urban exploration" About his own visual grammar: "Poland has always been for me the obvious context of my work. On the one hand, there is the history of Polish design—and I'm not talking only about the Polish school of poster. There is also the visual culture of our street, a particular blend of East and West. Finally, as for my vision of graphic design: I believe that the image is important, especially now that it is infinitely diluted through internet. But since it is somehow limited by the language of geometry, I also know that this is not enough and that we need to look further, towards technology and the subconscious".
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