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Design Talks tarptautinė konferencija
DESIGN TALKS international conference

Date: 13th of October from 10.30 am until 4 pm (8:30-14:00 CET time)

Venue: National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius

The guests are kindly requested to arrive with a Covid-19 passport or an appropriate valid document. During the event, do not forget to wear protective face masks, keep a safe distance, and disinfect your hands.

Registration for the event takes place online until October. 12th

We kindly invite you to join the conference online: https://www.facebook.com/Dizaino.Savaite or https://www.youtube.com/dizainoforumas

This year, the “Design week” program is complemented by the “Design Talks” international conference. The international conference to be held in Lithuania for the first time will bring together academics, researchers, and design practitioners to discuss and raise the questions: can good design be sustainable, a distant or close relationship between design and art, and why to invest in design?

Keynote speaker: Maya Dvash, Chief Curator at Design Museum Holon (Israel).

Other speakers: Anat Safran, artistic director and commissioner of the “Jerusalem Design Week” (Israel), and Tal Erez, chief curator of the “Jerusalem Design Week” (Israel); Uwe Cremering, CEO of “iF International Forum Design” (IF design awards) (Germany); Penny Sparke, professor of design history, director of the Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston University (UK); Martin Foessleitner, expert of Information Design and founder of “hipe.at” agency (Austria); Lonny van Ryswyck, designer from “atelierNL” (The Netherlands), and Koen Kleijn, art historian, theorist, and De Groene Amsterdammer, writer and editor-in-chief of “Ons Amsterdam” magazine (editor taught in the DAE Master’s Program) (The Netherlands).

Program:

  • 10:30–10:40 Opening speech of Arūnas Gelūnas, director of the Lithuanian National Museum of Art.10:45–11:15 Keynote speaker: Maya Dvash, Chief Curator at Design Museum Holon (Israel), “Designing a design exhibition: A complicated relationship”.11:15–12:10 (online) Penny Sparke, professor of design history, director of the Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston University (UK), will give a presentation: “Design and Culture: an important relationship”. Introduction by Karolina Jakaitė (Design Foundation).12:10–13:00 Panel discussion: “Can good design be combined with sustainability & social responsibility? Why is it worth investing into design?”, about sustainable design tendencies in our near future life. Attendees: Anat Safran, designer, curator, and the artistic director of the “Jerusalem Design Week”; Tal Erez, chief curator of the “Jerusalem Design Week”; Maya Dvash, Chief Curator at Design Museum Holon (Israel).

    13:00–14:00 Lunch

    14:00–14:35 Martin Foessleitner, ex-board member of BEDA and the president of “DesignAustria”, expert of Information Design and founder of “hipe.at” agency, (Austria), will give a presentation: “Circular-Design: Simple. What we might learn from John Maeda”. How we may start applying circular design thinking in daily life.

    14:35–15:20 Lonny van Ryswyck, designer from “atelierNL” (The Netherlands), will give a presentation: “Think Global, Dig Local”.

    15:2016:00 Presentation “The road less traveled by – how a cliché can actually get you killed”, given by Koen Kleijn, art historian, theorist, writer for “De Groene Amsterdammer”, editor-in-chief of “Ons Amsterdam” magazine (The Netherlands)

Organizer: Lithuanian Design Forum

Supporter: Vilnius city municipality

Partners: National Gallery of Art, Lithuanian Culture Institute, Vilnius Art Academy, “Dizaino fondas”, “Hilton Garden Inn Vilnius City Centre”, Regulus, “Sip Sap”, EMKO.

Information partners: LRT, Centras

Speakers

Maya Dvash, Chief Curator at Design Museum Holon, Israel

Maya Dvash was appointed as Chief Curator of Design Museum Holon in June 2016, whilst retaining her duties as Chief Editor of Design Museum Holon, a role Dvash assumed in 2010. Throughout her time at Design Museum Holon, Dvash has curated a vast array of design exhibitions and written on design for numerous platforms. In addition to her functions as editor, curator, and writer, Dvash lectures at leading design academies in Israel.

Prior to her career at Design Museum Holon, Dvash held various leading editorial positions in some of the top-tier publishing houses in Israel (“Kinneret”, “Zmora-Bitan”, and “Modan”). Dvash was then appointed Chief Editor of “Binyan v’Diyur” (Building & Housing) magazine, a seat she filled for six years.

Dvash holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and a Master’s degree in Art and Curatorship from Ben Gurion University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Design Museums.

Presentation: “Designing a design exhibition: A complicated relationship.”

Take part in the discussion: “Can good design be combined with sustainability & social responsibility? Why is it worth investing in design?”

Uwe Cremering, CEO of iF International Forum Design” (IF Design Awards), Germany. Uwe joined “iF International Forum Design” (“iF Design”) as the new CEO in April 2021. The years before, Uwe was part of the management team of the “PRO Division of Sennheiser Electronics”, one of the world’s most important headphone and microphone manufacturers. Since 2001, in various positions ranging from Head of New Media and Director Global Marketing Communications to Director of “AMBEO Immersive Audio” and Managing Director of the subsidiary “Dear Reality”, he has been instrumental in driving forward developments in the 3D audio business. From the beginning of his career, starting in 1998 as Project Leader New Media for the “EXPO 2000” in Hannover, the topics of digitalization, transformation, business development, innovation, and design have been at the center of his successful entrepreneurial activities and will be considered in his position at “iF Design” as well.

“iF International Forum Design GmbH”, based in Hannover, is one of the world’s leading independent design institutions. It has hosted the “iF Design Awards” every year since 1954. With around 10,000 submissions from around 60 countries every year, it is one of the largest and most prestigious design awards in the world. “iF Design” has subsidiaries in China, the Republic of China Taiwan, and South Korea. There are also representative offices in Brazil, Japan, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Turkey.

 Take part in the discussion: “Can good design be combined with sustainability & social responsibility? Why is it worth investing in design?”

Penny Sparke is a professor of design history and director of the Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston University, UK. She has lectured, curated exhibitions, broadcasted, and published widely on design history, including her own books: “An Introduction to Design and Culture, 1900 to the Present”, “Design in Context”, “The Genius of Design”. Professor Sparke is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art. In “Lithuanian Design Week” she will present a speech online: “Design and Culture: an important relationship”.

Koen Kleijn, art historian, theorist, writer for “De Groene Amsterdammer”, and editor-in-chief of “Ons Amsterdam” magazines. Editor taught in the DAE Master’s Program, The Netherlands. Art historian, graduate of the University of Amsterdam.

“I am a journalist and a critic; currently working as the editor in chief of “Ons Amsterdam, a monthly devoted to the history of Amsterdam. I write reviews for “De Groene Amsterdammer and several other magazines, mostly about the arts, exhibitions, and design.

Between 2008 and 2018 I was involved in two Master’s programs at Design Academy Eindhoven – Contextual Design and Design Curating and Writing – specifically to mentor students in doing research and writing a thesis. I did similar work at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, dept. of photography.

Following on from the work in Eindhoven I organized three design summer schools in Lithuania, in close cooperation with the Vilnius Art Academy.

Before and after that I worked all over the place. I worked for a TV producer as editor in arts and documentaries, I was editor of a magazine for the National Endowment for Media productions, and I’ve worked for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as editor of their “iPad” magazine”.

 Presentation: The road less traveled by – how a cliché can actually get you killed“

Martin Foessleitner, born in Vienna 1964, has MA in Business Administration and is a marketing director and managing director of “hipe.at” (an atelier for information design he founded in 1999), board member of IIID, “designaustria” and BEDA, loves Japanese design and Italian espresso.

Presentation: Circular-Design: Simple. What we might learn from John Maeda”.

How we may start applying circular design thinking in daily life. And how may John Maeda and his laws of simplicity may assist designers in implementing the attitude of circular design in projects and works. Are there any simple little helpers we, designers, can use to seduce our clients, suppliers and even ourselves: standards to follow, quality criteria and a roadmap of options and circumstances to consider.

Lonny van Ryswyck is a designer from “Atelier NL” in The Netherlands. “Atelier NL” is a design studio that reshapes local raw materials into everyday objects that showcase the richness of the earth. Over the past decade, they have developed a unique research methodology that transforms local clay and sand into ceramic and glass objects that analyze the hidden qualities and narratives of the earth. Their work calls for an expanded valuation of local sourcing and production by focusing on the graceful subtleties of the natural world and how the integration of local earth products into daily life is a critical step towards greater environmental balance.

Presentation: Think Global, Dig Local“

This speech will teach about the methodology and philosophy of “Atelier NL”. By sharing their own experience and perspective, this lecture will reveal how a deeper relationship with materials can improve humanity’s approach to the environment as a whole. What can local raw materials teach us about a place and how can familiarity with origins encourage wiser utilization of resources? “Atelier NL” emphasizes the link between raw materials, their origins, and new possibilities.

Anat Safran – designer, curator, and the artistic director of the “Jerusalem Design Week”.

A graduate of Ecole supérieure des arts décoratifs de Strasbourg, France, Anat is a designer, curator, and artistic director of various cultural projects such as: “PechaKucha Tel Aviv” (a leading cultural event in Tel Aviv since 2007), co-creator and curator of the “Sensing Sound” exhibition at the Holon Design Museum, curator of “Rafsoda” (nomadic project for young Israeli designers that has traveled to Paris and Tokyo), co-creator of the “Gnuzim” project with theatre group “Itim Ensemble”, co-creator of “Mirrored Cities” – a sound project between Tel Aviv and Berlin, and more.

Since 2016, Anat is the artistic director of the “Jerusalem Design Week” at the Hansen House.

Member of “Edmond the Rothschild Design Award” steering committee and a member of the Arts Council of the Israel State Lottery since 2014 where she currently serves as Head of the Visual Arts and Design Committee.

Anat has published articles in various magazines, newspapers, and blogs and is invited to talks in academies and cultural events in Israel and abroad.

Take part in the discussion: “Can good design be combined with sustainability & social responsibility? Why is it worth investing in design?”

Tal Erez (b. Israel, 1981) is a designer, researcher and curator who explores issues of political change, institutional critique, and contemporary forms of resistance. Erez’s research methodology encompasses both the production of objects and text: situated between theory and praxis. Tal has exhibited internationally with the Israeli pavilion exhibition at the venice architecture biennale (Aircraft Carrier, 2012-13), Droog Design (Design for download, 2011, 2013), Z33, House for contemporary art and design (The Machine, 2012; Design beyond production, 2013), and La Terrasse (2015-16) amongst others. A research fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL), Tal was the curator of the exhibition Plastic: Promises of a Home Made Future which ran in Rotterdam January-April 2015.

Since 2016, Tal functions as chief curator for the Jerusalem Design Week.

Tal holds degrees from the Holon Institute of Technology (IL) and the Design Academy Eindhoven (NL, Cum Laude). He teaches at the Bezalel academy’s design Masters program in Jerusalem and at Shenkar College, and was co-founder and team member of the research unit “24/7″ at Bezalel school of Architecture (2016-2019).

Take part in the discussion: “Can good design be combined with sustainability & social responsibility? Why is it worth investing into design?”

Audrone Drungilaite is a Creative Director at EMKO – a place where simply smart design meets its seekers and creators. She’s a former Executive Director of the Lithuanian Design Forum which is a non-governmental design promotion organization bridging designers with the industry. Audrone had been responsible for the management of Design Week Lithuania, the biggest design festival in the Baltics happening from 2006 in six cities at the same time. A graduate of Vilnius Academy of Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design and a Master’s in Cultural Management and Policy, Audrone works there as a visiting lecturer. She is an enthusiastic promoter of Lithuanian design around the world, chairs a few boards, and sometimes curates Lithuanian design exhibitions abroad.

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