Thinking About Design Festivals

I have signed up for Manchester School of Art Unit X option to work on a consultancy to help develop a Manchester Design Festival. The MSA is collaborating with Manchester City Council and City Co to help create an innovative, attractive, effective, and interesting city-wide design festival.

Notes from presentations by Marcus Lord, Fiona Curran and Mark Beecroft:

Design festival could include Fine Art, Film, Design, Architecture and Photography.

Aim: to promote professional creative artists, emerging talent, a catalyst to future collaborative partnerships, and also to contribute to the regeneration of the city.

Other Design Festivals to consider:

The Eindhoven Model / Dutch Design Week (October). Uses established and ‘non-traditional’ spaces across the city.

“Giving new meaning to structure, form, line and equipment.”
Mieke Meijer

The Empty Shop Network

This is not about squatting. Each of Thompson’s Empty Shop Network projects abides by a “licence to occupy”. Acquiring short, very cheap leases for pop-up shops and arts ventures is simple at the moment: experts predict one in five of the shops currently lying empty will never again see service as a commercial enterprise, as a nation of shopkeepers realises it has too many shops.

Dan Thompson, ESN

Shop window trails. With viewing chairs.

Shipping Containers

Disused warehouses

Free Car Ferry to different sites

Social Areas

The Milan Design Festival

Showcase PROCESS

Festival of Ideas / Design Ideas / DROOG (Material Matters)

Questioning endless economic growth / tax on waste materials? / Re-cycle; up-cycle / Sustainability / the future

The start of a thought experiment to speculate on design” Remmy Remakers

Sea Plastics Industry

Can collaboration change our lives?

DIALOGUE / DISCUSSION

MATERIALS AND WASTE

3D PRINTING

COLLABORATION

INTERVENTION / HACKING

RE/UP-CYCLING

Fendi & Design, Miami Craft Punk (2010)

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL. 100% DESIGN. September, Earls Court

ANTI-DESIGN FESTIVAL: NEVILLE BRODY

No_use; no_function; no_fear; non_stereotypical anarchy

STOCKHOLM DESIGN WEEK

80 sheets of mountains

DESIGN AS MORE THAN OBJECT

OBJECT AS PROCESS

OBJECT AS IDEA

Studio Swine – The Sea Chair Project

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