On 3 March 2017 Design duo Formafantasma presented their research into global ore flows, from overground mining to e-waste. In conversation with curator Natasha Hoare, they investigated the relationship of designers and institutions in highlighting the landscape of mining and manufacture. This dialogue questioned the “immateriality” in digital design enabled by metal ores. Curator Natasha Hoare and artist Giuseppe Licare joined the discussion. Moderator was Tamar Shafrir (Het Nieuwe Instituut).
Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin are Studio Formafantasma, an Italian designer duo based in Amsterdam. Formafantasma’s work is characterised by experimental material investigations, explorations of the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability, and reflections on the significance of objects as cultural conduits.
Natasha Hoare is a curator at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. She co-curated the shows Art In The Age Of...Energy and Raw Material and Art In The Age Of...Asymmetrical Warfare and edited the accompanying publication, Art in the Age Of… (2015). The year-long programme investigated the production and circulation of art through contemporary economic, material, and technological networks.
Giuseppe Licari studied at the AKI in Enschede and the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. He develops projects related to industrial and natural heritage, often on location, including in Sicily, Rotterdam, and Idaho, and in collaboration with partners such as the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, TU Delft or wildland firefighters.
A diverse series of dialogues with makers, designers, journalists and critics on design. The discussions take a close look at the designer’s process from raw material to final object, exploring issues of aesthetic and technological change, ethical positions, sustainable cycles, and innovation in how objects perform and interact. In a culture saturated with design and mediated by digital technologies, these dialogues explore how the traditional sense of meaning, value, and materiality are being reinvented.
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Value and Care in Design
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Het Nieuwe Instituut and designer Elisa van Joolen introduce EVJ, a series of tote bags made from used plastic bags that will be available to borrow. In the second edition of Design Dialogues on 6 May, Van Joolen will be joined by philosopher Patricia de Vries, designer Karim Adduchi, designer Baby Reni, journalist Lynn Berger and experienced bag-caretakers Youngeun Sohn and Witho Worms at Het Nieuwe Instituut. With a contribution by archaeologist Maikel Kuijpers. The conversation will be about taking care of things that aren’t ours, imbuing the disposable with value, and answering the question: what happens when an ordinary object becomes something in our care?
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Ghostwriting Files x Onomatopee
This Design Dialogue focuses on the shifting position of the designer within the global geography of freelancing and current economic climate in the creative sector; one where labour is increasingly outsourced, delegated, masked and displaced. With Stefan Stefansson, Lara García Díaz, Fanfare (Freja Kir and Miquel Hervás Gómez) and Silvio Lorusso.
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TNL! Design Dialogues
Solar power is one of the great hopes of the so-called clean energy transition to renewables. This TNL! Design Dialogues event brings together solar designers Marjan van Aubel and Pauline van Dongen and Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Anastasía Kubrak and Flora van Gaalen to talk about making the transition a reality.
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This Design Dialogue looked critically at the role of locality in the context of design, bringing together practitioners who are based outside of their city of origin and thus have the opportunity to analyse their designer identity as a construct traversing national borders, cultures and histories. With artist/designer Silvio Lorusso, architect/researcher Mohamed Elshahed and designer Rachel Jenkins.