Design Beyond Making - An Exhibition by vectors
Vectors is a new design initiative brought to life by Miriam Ribul together with fellow designers Ann-Kristin Abel and Paul Ferragut.
A vector is a pollinator, a biotic agent carrying and dispersing new thinking to an alternate system. In this context we organise events and invite fellow designers to share their ideas and to nurture collaboration between different disciplines.
Together we curated ‘Design Beyond Making’, an excursion into resource discovery, material development, and process innovation.
Being faced with a challenging outlook on our environmental and economic future, a new breed of designers begins to call into question traditional notions in design development and production processes. Looking to science and technology to innovate materials and processes, finding new sustainable ways of making or (re)discovering plentiful resources, these designers are offering thought-provoking scenarios that open up discussions.
The exhibits were curated according to the three themes:
In our current reality abundance coincides with scarcity of resources. The finite nature of our earth’s raw materials has become hauntingly obvious, and in turn leads designers to the exploration of lost resources and the search for alternative ones. They demonstrate resourcefulness as a response to depleting and unsustainable practices conjuring up a future of responsibility and newfound values.
Magic happens when alternative explorations are initiated in the search for a new materiality. Analogue, digital or scientific approaches are led by a thirst for experimentation, leading to sustainable and asethetic solutions for material development. Designers showcase unexpected solutions and dream up the matter from which to build an exciting future.
The disconnection from the understanding for how goods are manufactured is countered with a wave of reappropriation and innovation of processes for manufacturing on a personal or smaller scale. Science and technology offer exciting opportunites to reimagine creation and fabrication. The transparency of the process leads to an enhanced appreciation of goods, and design and making are considered a driving force for positive change.
Design beyond Making was endorsed by trend agency Protein and opened from the 1st – 10th of November 2013 at the 18 Hewett Street concept space.
Exhibitors in this show were Ann-Kristin Abel, Amy Congdon and J.J. Hastings, Lauren Davies, Paul Ferragut, Emilie F. Grenier, Jeongwon Ji, Lorenzo Oggiano and Miriam Ribul. Most of the projects were new body of work by the designers, including the publication of the Recipes for Material Activism book for the Embodied Energy Series.