What is the ambition of designers today? Why did they become designers? What kind of social influence do they hope to achieve? What image of design is conveyed to society? And how can an attitude be expressed in design? The exhibition »Forum for an Attitude« (16.10.2015 – 14.02.2016) considers these questions and presents answers and positions on the topic.
“Forum for an Attitude”
October 16, 2015 – February 14, 2016
Vitra Design Museum Gallery
Vitra Design Museum
D-79576 Weil am Rhein
The exhibition describes design as a versatile discipline. Works are shown by 24 contemporary designers who are just starting out on their professional career. The exhibition organizers wanted to know from them as well: What are the convictions that compel them to act as designers? What are the underlying motives behind their investigations and suggestions?
Five multi-day forums taking place from November to January at Depot Basel, each dedicated to a different topic, offer a platform for amicable, professional exchange among designers, non-designers, practitioners, thinkers and amateurs. The titles of the events are »Solidarity«, »Visibility«, »Intuition«, »Knowledge« and »Tools«. A small publication coming out in April 2016 will document the most important findings and highlights of the »Forum for an Attitude«. The Vitra Design Museum presents the »Forum for an Attitude« in association with the major exhibition »The Bauhaus #itsalldesign« (26.09.2015 – 28.02.2016), which explores the Bauhaus concept of design – while also considering the influence of the Bauhaus on the work of contemporary designers and their own attitudes and understanding of design.
Depot Basel – a place for contemporary design was launched in June 2011 as an independent initiative and is now based in the St. Johann district of Basel. Today the organisation is directed by Matylda Krzykowski and Rebekka Kiesewetter with the regular support of partners and helpers, designers and non-designers. All participants share a belief in the importance and urgency of the theoretical and practical engagement with design and its presentation, mediation and promotion as a topic relevant to society.
With: Pablo Calderón Salazar, Charlotte Dumoncel d’Argence, Julien Carretero, Annika Frye, Fixperts, Jasmina Grase & Nils Chudy, Tove Greitz, Joanne M.Hakkert, Jing He, Jesse Howard, Daniel Klapsing, Lina-Marie Koeppen, Myriam Marti & Nando Schmidlin, Lisa Ochsenbein, Alicia Ongay-Perez, Giacomo Piovan, PROOFFLab Magazine, Tobias Revell, Nektar Solomon, Michaela Tomiškov & Jakub Janďourek, Marjan van Aubel, Julia Van Zanten, Bob Vos, Mugi Yamamoto, Will Yates-Johnson.
Forum 1 – Solidarity
16 – 18.10.2015
A weekend celebrating the importance of the personal and professional togetherness: With talks and lectures concerning solidarity as base for action. What can connectedness through collective ideas, activities and goals signify with regard to collaboration?
Forum 2 – Visibility
05 – 08.11.2015
Creative practice as socio-political action vs. the prevalent public display. How visible do we have to be, where and with what? Considerations and experiments on responsible action within and with the public sphere. And a trial to visualize possible fields for action and representation spaces.
Forum 3 – Intuition
19 – 22.11.2015
A collective search of children and adults for the right amount of impartiality. Exhibition of the results of a workshop series concerning the mediation of design with third-graders from the Schulhaus Insel in Basel. Forum 3 is open for everyone without application. It’s a Kult & Co project conducted by Eva Feldkamp and Veronika Gombert for Depot Basel.
Forum 4 – Knowledge
10 – 13.12.2015
Suitable situations for knowledge production: Maximum institutionalization, total autonomy or something in between? A workshop on the curriculum of a sustainable curriculum for design studies.
Forum 5 – Tools
21 – 24.01.2016
What kind of instruments and strategies are needed for professional action in the new scopes? A collective approach to the adequate means and ways for a responsible action. And also the acquisition of a respective glossary.