Sydney Design Festival 2018
- When 4 Mar - 11 Mar 2018
UNSW Art & Design students, alumni and staff are once again dynamic contributors to our city's annual design focussed event Sydney Design Festival. With representation on panels, in featured exhibitions, and through written publication and conversation pieces across a wide array of media, in 2018 festival participants will be able engage with a diverse cross-section of what UNSW's and Sydney's design and wider creative industries have to offer.
Now in its 20th year, Sydney Design Festival, which underwent a re-brand by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), brings together more than 70 institutions, designers, galleries and organisations across the city to push design forward.
Sydney Design Festival aims to provide opportunities to 'unpack' design in all its forms – to understand and explore the processes, functions and narratives within design enterprise and to be inspired by the exhibitions and people involved in creating our futures.
This year, creatives have responded to the Festival theme ‘Call to Action’. Action is purpose and movement; Action is deliberate and forward-thinking. Design has a role to play in an ever-changing world and has the potential to solve complex global problems.
The festival aims to:
- Make design accessible and engaging to new audiences
- Showcase work of designers, both emerging and established
- Tackle design challenges and the future of design
- Be inclusive, representative and cross-disciplinary
MAAS' Powerhouse Museum is the HQ of Sydney Design Festival for 2018. The Museum will be open nightly for free throughout the Festival, giving you the chance to drop in for a relaxed evening before or after Festival events. While at the Museum check out the new design exhibition Common Good, engage with the first annual Architectural Commission Four Periscopes by TRIAS, or take a look at Design Nation, curated in collaboration with media identity Tim Ross.
In 2018 UNSW Art & Design and UNSW Galleries are once again proud Sydney Design Festival Program Partners.
UNSW's involvement includes Dr Mark Ian Jones, Deputy Head of School (Design), contributing as an Festival Advisor. Visitors can check out contributions from UNSW Art & Design students, alumni and staff in the following programming:
This public forum will present and discuss the forthcoming exhibition of Australian and Chinese artists at the Beijing Media Arts Biennale during Beijing Design Week and later at UNSW Galleries.
The forum will discuss Australian artists engagement in China through the lens of responsive media art. Though founded on advanced engineering and computing, these art forms become meaningful, effective and engaging experiences with complex design and compelling artistry. With audience engagement now well established within the gallery, this event will draw on multiple perspectives from the creative arts, academia and cultural diplomacy to explore intercultural exchange, the world of creative computing and cross disciplinary artistic practices.
Panellists include: Hank Haeusler, Luke Hespanhol, Brad Miller and Martin Tomitsch.
Galleries UNSW | UNSW Art & Design
Saturday 3 March, 2–4pm
Join Mark Ian Jones from UNSW Art & Design for a panel discussion on the central role of craft in design and how to bring innovation to the fore.
A panel of innovative design leaders, thinkers, writers and practitioners will discuss the position of practice straddling the line between craft and design now and in the future.
Speakers: Stephen Varady, Dr Zoë Veness, Dr Sam Spurr amd Dr Mark Ian Jones.
7 March, 6:30–8:30pm
What’s the future got in store for us? Join UNSW for FUTUREself, an exhibition of wearable technology, interactive media and smart textiles created by UNSW artists, designers, scientists and engineers.
Interactive Media Lab, UNSW Art & Design
Opening event Wednesday 7 March, 6pm
Interactive media demonstration, 6:30pm
Weekdays 9am-5pm. Weekends 9am-12pm.
This exhibition of contemporary design practice considers the changing nature of materiality in Japanese object-making culture. Through the work of experimental Japanese and Australian designers, Shifts in Japanese Materiality highlights the porosity of Japanese design and craft processes in a contemporary context.
Julie Bartholomew, Guy Keulemans (UNSW Art & Design), Rui Kikuchi, Kyoko Hashimoto, Liam Mugavin, Yusuke Takemura, and Bic Tieu (UNSW)
Curator: Bic Tieu, Associate Lecturer UNSW Art & Design
The Japan Foundation Gallery
Multiple dates 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 March, 10am–6pm
Join exhibiting designers Julie Bartholomew, Guy Keulemans, Yusuke Takemura and Bic Tieu in discussing the influence of Japanese materiality in their contemporary practices. In dialogue with exhibition Shifts in Japanese Materiality, this panel talk will share the experiences and processes of object designers, spanning ceramics, glass, lacquerware, and jewellery.
Japanese materiality is often considered untouched and bound to tradition, but contemporary object design practice expands the long history of porous global influences and highlights the fluid nature of Japanese materiality.
The Japan Foundation Gallery.
Thursday 8 March, 6pm. Free admission.
Come along for an informal evening of fantastic Imagineering, where fashion takes technology beyond the screen to body-worn interfaces. Meet ARTeConnect artists, designers and code queens collaborating to synthesise fashion, art and technology into unique wearables.
Thursday 8 March, 7:30pm. Free admission.
Textile Tactics: Speculate, Debate, Make is a textile-focused program developed to generate critical debate and practice. It calls into action future design scenarios as we face urgent environmental challenges in the 21st century, and asks what could textiles look like in the future as science, design and technology merge?
Through a hands-on textiles lab lead by innovative researchers and designers Alia Parker, Emma Peters & Hannah Young at UNSW Art & Design, participants are called into action and introduced to a range of emergent bio-materials that have been ‘grown’ such as mycelium-based textile composites, fermented microbial materials and bio-plastics.
Come speculate, debate and make with us!
This workshop will be held in Room F102, F Block, UNSW Art & Design
Friday 9 March, 3-6pm