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DesignTalks
23.03.2017

At DesignTalks 2017 we felt it was time to explore our relationship with nature - with each other - and ourselves. We set out to explore if and how uncertainty may be reinforcing our quest for the pure, the authentic, the raw. For beauty — and perhaps ugliness too. How we increasingly seek to reconnect with nature and ourselves through heightened senses, sometimes controversially mediated through technology, while in other cases, through authentic experiences. All this, while cities are struggling with growth and inclusion, citizens with cohabitation, and we're running as fast as we can to save the planet - and ourselves.

Next DesignTalks takes place 15.03.2018. Stay tuned for more information as we approach the festival.

 

DesignTalks speakers

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Alexander Taylor
Industrial Designer, Innovation Consultant

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Ersin Han Ersin
Visual Artist, Director

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Paul Bennett
Chief Creative Officer

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Alexander Taylor - adidas x Parley

Alexander Taylor is a British industrial designer, entrepreneur and innovation consultant for adidas. He recently designed the adidas x Parley shoe where the upper is made entirely from waste plastic, filtered out of the oceans. Establishing his studio in 2002, Alexander’s early work included developing furniture and lighting for some of Europe’s most respected design manufacturers such as Zanotta, Established & Sons and ClassiCon. A collection of works was also commissioned by David Gill Galleries in London along with several private commissions, most notably for Alexander McQueen

Alexander Taylor

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Ersin Han Ersin - Marshmallow Laser Feast

Ersin Han Ersin is a visual artist and creative director at Marshmallow Laser Feast, a creative studio exploring technology to reinterpret the idea of human perception such as in their project ITEOTA. In The Eyes Of The Animal. Their multidisciplinary approach employs a wealth of creative disciplines from real-time CG & projection, to interactive performance, sculpture, installation, film and VR
and spans a diverse range of clients: including U2 and Nike. Ersin, with background in visual communication design, has also designed, directed and collaborated for the likes of Imogen Heap.

@ersinhanersin
#ITEOTA

Marshmallow Laser Feast

Christien Meindertsma

Christien Meindertsma is one of the most thought provoking designers around today. Exploring raw materials and products, she aims to regain understanding of processes that have become lost with industrialisation, as seen in her ambitious award winning book on pigs, PIG 05049. Meindertsma's work has received international awards and exhibited in MOMA (New York), The V&A (London), the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (New York) and the London Design Museum, where she currently has an installation exploring the potential of recycling textiles, and a part of the Love and Fear exhibition with contemporary designers and architects exploring issues that currently shape our world.

Christien Meindertsma

PIG 05049 Video

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Paul Bennett — IDEO 

Paul Bennett is the Chief Creative Officer at IDEO, a global design company who’s work has inspired the world of design to apply its creative skills to tackle complex challenges towards improving societies at large. No topic is untouched, weather it being education, mobility, transport or redefining ageing as in one of their most recent project; The Powerful Now. Paul Bennett is regularly invited to speak at major forums, including The World Economic Forum and his thought leadership published in a range of influential media, including: The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Harvard Business Review and The Guardian. Paul will also be moderating DesignTalks 2017.

https://www.ideo.com/eu
@pbennett101

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Michèle Degen

Driven by interest in how the future can be shaped, Michèle Degen a recent cum laude graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven, questions the ordinary and current social behavior. With her design, she aims to stimulate conversations and challenge the viewer´s perspective on ordinary things and normality. Degen’s “Vulva Versa” a hand-fitting mirror that allows women to discover themselves, aims to open a dialog not only amongst women but in society as a whole since we are surrounded by images of manipulated perfection and lead to believe that even vaginas should match a certain ideal.

Michèle Degen

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Elisa Pasqual & Marco Ferrari — Studio Folder 

Studio Folder is a design and research agency founded by graphic designer Elisa Pasqual and architect Marco Ferrari. The studio’s work focuses on the visualisation of ideas and concepts through a diverse range of work for individuals, foundations, companies, and galleries worldwide, e.g. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, The Serpentine Galleries and La Biennale di Venezia. Their project, Italian Limes was awarded with a special mention by the International jury at the 14th la Biennale di Venetia. It is an ongoing research project and an interactive installation that explores the most remote Alpine regions, where national borders drift due to global warming and melting glaciers.

Studio Folder

Brynhildur, Ólöf Erla & Snæbjörn — 
A Search for Icelandic Porcelain

Brynhildur, Ólöf Erla and Snæbjörn will share insights to their collaborative project A Search for Icelandic Porcelain which looks at our connection with nature; how minerals are taken out of their context as they are transformed into new materials and objects, and how the odd geology of Iceland complicates things. The project is currently exhibited at the Reykjavik Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir as part of the exhibition Case Studies – Product Design into the 21st century. Brynhildur, Ólöf Erla and Snæbjörn are all active and recognized within their own respective fields of design, ceramics and geology. Brynhildur being one of our most prominent designers, Ólöf Erla with her work widely exhibited and Snæbjörn an active researcher and published author.

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Anna María Bogadóttir, Architect

Anna María will share insights into the exhibition The Added Value of Architecture, which she has co-curated and designed with artist Theresa Himmer and graphic designer Snæfríður Þorsteins for SAMARK, Icelandic Federation of Architectural Firms for DesignMarch 2017. The exhibition shows selected projects from architecture firms, that reflect in different ways how architecture is able to create added value in social, environmental and economic context. Anna María is an architect and cultural theroist. She’s a university teacher with practical experience from cityplanning and design studios around the world and curatorial practices. Anna María is also co-founder of ÚRBANISTAN, a research and design studio of the built environment.

Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir
Curator of DesignTalks

Hlin Helga is an independent curator and designer, and most recently a consultant to companies on design thinking at consultancy firm Capacent. She has over the past decade been involved in education and research at Universities around the world. Hlin focuses on facilitating, initiating and leading dialogues and interdisciplinary collaborations for meaningful innovation through design, and often curates international exhibitions and conferences to that end. Hlin is also a fellow at the Think Tank W.I.R.E. 

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DesignTalks is the keynote event of DesignMarch, Iceland’s annual design festival. The seminar is produced by Iceland Design Centre with support from the City of Reykjavik and Arion Bank.