MediterraNew 2014 Fall Workshop

Date posted: July 2014

Amorgos  (Cyclades – Greece) 
22-30 September 2014
70 hours workshop. 8 lecturers 

The intent of MediterraNew Permanent Workshop is to investigate new possible approaches in the development of projects for the communication and enhancement of the cultural heritage and landscape in the Mediterranean area. Basically our students will develop project proposals to find new strategies to endorse and innovate UNESCO buffer zones policies and guidances from a fresh, design-oriented point of view.

2014 Fall Competition

This workshop can be a complete stand alone architectural design experience in a very special landscape and cultural environment or it can be a perfect opportunity to apply what learned during Winter Workshop for those students that will apply to both sessions.
The educational experience will be centered on island discovery and an architectural competition: groups of four students will work on their own project and challenge for 2014 Best Design Proposal Award. On-site lectures and tutoring sessions will help participants get the best out of their design proposals.



Manifesto of Design History and Design Tour

Date posted: April 2014

On April 10 2014, during Salone del Mobile 2014, at Mediateca Santa Teresa (Milan), AIS/Design, the Association of Italian Design Historian presented the Manifesto of Design History. Designers, in this moment of crises, can’t forget the history and what it was been good from the past. The “manifesto” explain what is necessary to remember about the history of design and what designers need to change. At the conference Vanni Pasca, President of AIS/Design presented also Design Tour. The project consist in a itinerary about the history of Italian design, composed by seven lessons in the most important memorable foundations (Albini, Castiglioni, Pirelli, etc) museum (Kartell, Museo della scienza e della tecnica di Milano) and historical archives of design in Milan. Now, the museums and institutes haven’t got the power became important. It’s the moment to reconfirm the design power and management.

Materials that Change Color. Smart Materials for Intelligent Design

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Easy to read and understand by design professionals engineers, scientists and students, “Materials that Change Color” is the new book of Marinella Ferrara (Politecnico, Milano) and Murat Bengisu (Izmir University of Economics), published by Springer. The book introduce the chromogenic materials, a class of smart materials, that change colors. It presents their characteristics, advantages, potentialities and difficulties of applications to help understanding what they are, how they work, how they are applied.
The books also present a number of case studies: products, projects, concepts and experiments using smart materials, thus mapping out new design territories for these innovative materials. These case studies involve different fields of design, including product, interior, fashion and communication design.

The ninth 5T Congress: resistance with/to/in design in Turkey.

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The ninth 5T Congress (from May 15 to 16 at Yasar University, İzmir) is dedicate to issue: resistance with/to/in design in Turkey. The protest and occupy movements recently broken out in different regions of the world, including the Arab Spring and the recent Gezi protests in Istanbul, have brought onto the agenda the potential of creative resistance. These demonstrations have proceeded with their own peculiar visual culture, icons and symbols. Protests which were set off by strong economic and political concerns were marked by the creative use of artifacts, images and spaces. This creates an opportunity to discuss design’s relationship with the cultivation, organization and expression of social dissent. An examination of the role of design in political outcries requires questioning both established boundaries of design discipline and practice and conventional conceptions of political struggle. Questions regarding the issue include examining the representative and/or constitutive roles of design practices, the ways design addresses and transforms power relations within a given society/social order and the transformations that design thinking and practice undergo during periods of strong social dissent.

The “MediterraNew Architectural Design Workshop”: a new idea about Mediterranean.

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The intent of MediterraNew Architectural Design Workshop is to investigate new possible approaches in the development of projects for the communication and enhancement of the cultural heritage and landscape in the Mediterranean area. The project is going to interact actively with our rich Mediterranean heritage through an innovative approach that takes into account both architecture and economics while respecting the lifestyles of local communities. The workshop follows the line of the activity, promoted and guided since 2012 by the architects Giorgio Martino, Giovanni Perotti and Dimitris Pikionis, in order to promise the inclusion of the monaster of Panagia Chozoviotissa, on the island of Amorgos on the List of tentative UNESCO sites in Greece. Theory and practice will find the perfect fusion in the contributions of teachers while the students will be asked to formulate innovative ideas to revitalize their Mediterranean heritage. The event, dedicated to students of architectural and design faculties, is divided in two different moments. The first part of the workshop was held from March 14 to April 27, 2014 at DanceHaus (Via Tertulliano, 70 – Milano). Next step it‘ll be to start from 8 september to 12 october 2014.

The secret collection

Date posted: December 2013

Fabrica design a collection of limited edition objects inspired by a trip to Lebanon in January 2013. The collection interprets certain aspects of the Lebanese daily life, uncovering secret, undisclosed elements. Touring the Lebanese capital for a full week, the designers absorbed the visual, technical and aesthetic details that enrich the multi-faceted Lebanese culture.

The result is not a collection of objects, but a unique international vision and interpretation of the Lebanese way of living, mixing past and present and playing homage to the future of ongoing country. Each designer’s work encapsulates the re-imagining of a district, time-honored craft, where the specialized technique of the artisan has formed the basis for the designer’s creations. In fact, the collection is developed following local traditional techniques and is produced by a team of expert craftsmen in Lebanon exclusively for the boutique of the National Museum of Beirut. The project is created by Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte and Pascale Wakim, founders of Carwan Gallery.

This project is presented by Fabrica at the Nocturne, the yearly event organized by the National Heritage Fondation at the National Museum of Beirut.

We would like to thank the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute for their high patronage.

The secret collection
Opening at Nocturne December 11th from 5 to 10 PM presentation from December 12th till January 10th 2014.

Ceramic Futures

Date posted: August 2013

Cersaie, the leading international exhibition of ceramic tiles and bathroom furnishing, values young talents as the next generation of leading thinkers and innovators. With this in mind, together with Elio Caccavale and Stefano Mirti have developed the Ceramics Futures project to challenge 4 groups of young design students to work together during June and July 2013. The project seeks to explore and challenge the versatility of ceramic both as a creative and functional medium – a material that is universal and unique, sustainable and enduring, whilst also being both one of the oldest. Combining the traditional medium of design with a dedicated online project diary connected to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the participants will actively observe, comment, ask questions and interact. All students will have the opportunity to exhibit their projects during Cersaie 2013. Moreover, the most appreciated and sociable students from each school will be invited to attend and present their works at Cersaie 2013. The most productive and charismatic students from each school will be awarded a 3 days trip to Italy to visit factories and expose the winning students to the industrial processes within leading Italian manufacturers.

Summer School AZIONE in Palermo

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The Aiap Summer School in Palermo with will be held in September 17-20, 2013. It is an ambitious project, born within Aiap, Italian Association of Design for Visual Communication, in line with the more complex internationalisation project already started up and in particular from international relationships and educational models created and widely experienced during several editions of the International Graphic Design Week. A project that was created with the close cooperation of educational institutions in Sicily (Academy of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Industrial Design in Palermo), and Austrian ones, the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna (SFU) and the International Institute for Information Design (IIID).

Which are intended:
– to become a regular and itinerant system throughout the national country and internationally abroad;
– to establish a process of study, learning and experimentation based on the sharing of cultures, languages, and different backgrounds;
– to face up contemporary issues that can may gift innumerable countless and interpretations as well as design scenarios; to converge in one place teachers and students from different realities with the firm conviction that this can generate growth and mutual and everlasting enrichment.

A model that will is going to have in Palermo’s its first tangible attainment, to be able to be translated in other territorial contexts soon afterExpecting 100+ participants, working 4 days on a concept and its implementation related to the context of Palermo and its citizens. Groups of 7-10 members in a mix of disciplines and nationalities applying the methodology of the triple diamond model will envolve the people of Palermo in a participatory design process.
• to develop a concept,
• produce the deliverables,
• go for its implementation and
• a reality-check on the usefulness for the intended recipients.

Abadir going MOOC with the online course “Design 101”

Date posted: June 2013

The Abadir Fine Arts Academy of Catania, offering unique paths in design education in Sicily and recognised by the Ministry of University and Research, was selected by a prestigious German committee as being one of the ten winners of the “MOOC Production Fellowship” competition. Promoted by the Iverstity startup and the reputable Stifterverband fuer die Deutsche Wissenschaft German foundation, the course entitled Design 101 (or design basics) led by Prof. Stefano Mirti was the only Italian winning proposal. It will start next fall and will be one of the first experiments for online Italian design education. Dedicated to offering online courses for the new generation, the Iversity platform tears down all geographical boundaries and opens the doors to students from all over the world. The MOOC concept (Massive Online Open Courses) already advanced in the United States, seems to be the future of education. Abadir has the opportunity to become one of the protagonist institutes in this experiment. An experiment in an on-line world where distances and boundaries are no more relevant, where content and the community’s strength is what matters the most.

The Izmir Mediterranean Academy: between culture and art.

Date posted: June 2013

Izmir Mediterranean Academy is established as a think-thank institution and a democratic platform, both.

The story of Izmir Mediterranean Academy started with the meeting of the Izmir Culture and Art Workshop in October 24th, 2009. One of the main products of this workshop, attended by artistic and intellectual circles both from Izmir and also those who love Izmir -alongside public opinion leaders of the city- was to create a consensus over a vision for Izmir.

The first element of this vision was to develop Izmir’s international relations by transforming it into an effective node within the network of major Mediterranean cities. The second element was to enable the qualification of Izmir as a city of design and innovation for enhancement of Izmir’s role in the world economic division of labor; and the third element was the implementation of governance that is sensitive to participatory processes, respectful of human honor.

Upon this decision, Izmir Mediterranean Academy was established on March 12th, 2012 by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. The founder chairpersons of the Izmir Mediterranean Academy are Professor Halil İnalcık and Professor Ilhan Tekeli. Professor Tevfik Balcıoğlu, Professor Ayşe Filibeli and Professor Zeki Arıkan are members of the scientific board of the Academy.

The city of Izmir has embraced different cultures of Mediterranean region through the history, and has been a focus of libertarian and democratic cultural circles in Turkey. Izmir, as the third largest city of Turkey with more than four million inhabitants, can be a point of focus for development of libertarian and democratic vision for Mediterranean region, too.

On this aim, the Academy will carry out activities about history, design, culture & art, and ecology. It aims to serve as a democratic platform for designers in Izmir. Izmir Design Forum was initiated by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality on May 31, 2011. The Academy will carry on decisions that were taken in Izmir Design Forum. It will realize the first meeting of the designers in Izmir on April 12, 2013.

Beirut Design Week 2013

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The MENA Design Research Center is opening the Second Annual Beirut Design Week.

This is an opportunity to enjoy seven days of exploring all aspects of local design throughout the city.
Beirut Design Week 2013 is dedicated to promoting all Lebanese designers, who have been playing a vital role in the formation of the city’s contemporary design identity and culture. These include product designers, furniture designers, communication and graphic designers, fashion designers, interior designers, architects, design educators, service designers, design thinkers, social designers, design researchers, publishers, universities, schools, institutions, companies, boutiques, studios, communities, and galleries. All participating designers showcase their work by opening up their shops and studios and hosting various events.
From Jun 24, 2013 to Jun 30, a series of events, including the Launching Opening Night, the main BDW13 Conference, the Poster Competition: Beirut 2090 Exhibition, as well as other exhibitions, talks, workshops, open studios and parties will be taking place in various parts of the city simultaneously.
This year the week will also be organized in such a way that each day will be dedicated to a certain part of the city with a program that allows the audience to explore every nook and cranny without missing out on any of the events.

Driven by curiosity. Workshop with Francisco Gomez Paz at Abadir, Catania

Date posted: May 2013

The 2013 edition of the international workshops series promoted by the Sicilian Academy of Fine Arts and Design Abadir will be held by the Argentinian designer based in Milan, Francisco Gomez Paz. The workshop is organized by the Abadir Design Department under the patronage of ADI Sicilia.
The title of the workshop is Driven by curiosity: curiosity as a fundamental tool to understand the world and especially as a trigger of the creative process.
The workshop is open to students, professionals and all people interested to experience design exploring the relationship between process, craftsmanship and technological innovation.
Registration by May 14 by sending cv and portfolio to Abadir (
The workshop will be launched with a public lecture that Francisco Gomez Paz will hold on Monday, May 20th (10.00 a.m.) at ZO (Center for Contemporary Culture) in Catania and it will take place from 20th to 22th May 2013 at Abadir Accademia di Belle Arti.

Related event:
Saturday – May 18th h18.00
Exhibition of products made by Francisco Gomez Paz for Luceplan, Driade e Danese
Helmè casa, Viale XX Settembre 36, Catania

The Mediterranean design wins at Salone Satellite 2013

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The winner of the 4th edition of the Salone Satellite 2013 Award (Salone del Mobile Milano) is the Mediterranean design.
In fact, 2 awards and 2 honourable mentions have been assigned to young designers from different Mediterranean countries.
The 1st Prize is Tania da Cruz from Portugal, with Braque, a modular tile in expanded cork manufactured in Portugal. The Braque soundproofing system is adaptable to any context, thanks to the free, virtually unlimited possibilities for configuring the modules. It responds to the highest technical and aesthetic standards of design, while optimizing the sustainability of natural cork.
The 2nd Prize is Re Design Studio, from Egypt, with Plastex, a fabric whose simplicity makes it easily understandable to everyone. Noteworthy is its adoption of ancient weaving techniques to create a new sustainable material with high performance and multiple uses. It clearly and concretely conveys an important message of ethical responsibility.
An honourable mention has been assigned to Andrea Borgogni, from Italy, with Maybe chair. The underlying design of the Maybe chair has wider practical applications and lends itself to industrial production. It belongs to the current line of enquiry into reducing materials and components,
focusing on economy of storage and transport.
Another honourable mention has been assigned to at Mecedorama, from Spain, with Hobbs Twins. The double rocking chair Hobbs Twins celebrates the marriage of ancient artisanal techniques and contemporary forms. Its playful message succeeds in suggesting new applications and developments for venerable techniques that risk extinction.

jenuinō. Food & Beverage from Italy

Date posted: January 2013

jenuinō, by Giacomo Bracci, is one of the best start-up in 2012 in the Food & Beverage and is depopulating for its strong horizontal connotation.
Its mission: distribute directly in the kitchens of Italian genuine products, putting in a state of mutual benefit consumers and producers. The first can enjoy great food at fair prices, the second can sell the fruits of their job at affordable prices, also for them.

It will soon be on-line social network jenuinō for the sale of products, for now the blog jenuinō where stay up about the project.

See the video at jenuino

Ghitta Laskrouif at Casablanca fashion week

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Ghitta Laskrouif, Moroccan contemporary fashion designer, has participated and won the Casablanca Fashion Week 2012.
She got a fine arts degree and it’s been 5 years now that she works in fashion, her style is inspired by architecture shapes and all her work is recycled clothes or materials. She prefer to mix and do handmade things like embroidery, knitting and work with artisans.

FestiMode Casablanca Fashion Week, created since 2006, aims to help designers and brands to present their latest collections, and form a bridge between the Moroccan talents and surrounding countries which may extend worldwide. Promote Moroccan fashion designers from here and elsewhere as well as over a new fashion culture through meetings and exhibitions parades margin ready-to-wear and couture.

This year FMCFW was held from 8 to 10 November 2012. What’s new and interesting about this edition, besides fashion show and the exhibitions is the collaboration with Aksal group witch aims to make a challenge for participants?
The most talented designer will have a chance for 1 year to have a professional coaching, a chance to create a collection that will be sold at Gallery Lafayette, a fashion show at Morocco Mall and media promotion.

Light from the Middle East: New Photography

Date posted: January 2013

The first major exhibition of contemporary photography from and about the Middle East, is helding now in Victoria & Albert museum in London (13 November 2012 – 7 April 2013). Light from the Middle East: New Photography features over 90 works by some of the most exciting artists from across the region. This exhibition presents work by artists from across the Middle East (spanning North Africa to Central Asia), living in the region and in diaspora.

The exhibition explores the ways in which these artists investigate the language and techniques of photography. Some use the camera to record or bear witness, while others subvert that process to reveal how surprisingly unreliable a photograph can be. The works range from documentary photographs and highly staged tableaux to images manipulated beyond recognition. The variety of approaches is appropriate to the complexities of a vast and diverse region.

Croatian design NOW: Presentation of a new brand

Date posted: January 2013

Davor Bruketa and Nikola Žinić are very well known Croatian designers, founders of one of the most award-winning advertising agencies in Southeastern Europe, Bruketa&Žinić. This autumn they launched a new brand of clothes made of organic cotton BROCCOLI & Ž ! Through cosy T-shirts and underwear you have a chance to meet „an ordinary broccoli and a typical bird“ who are telling stories! All you have to do is to find your message!

Don’t miss to find out more at!

Fine Lalla? a new brand of food by Younes Duret

Date posted: January 2013

Fine Lalla?, concept by Youssef Ben Saad e Mehdi Draoui, has been developed in detail design, interior and visual comunication by the young Moroccan designer Younes Duret with the intent to promote the design of his land on an international scale, draws one’s inspiration for the project from the tradition of street shop.
Runner-up of sixth Grand Prix des Jeunes Créateurs du Commerce, which rewards the best business concept, Fine Lalla? is a new brand of fast food that declines in various dishes the pleasures of Moroccan cuisine.

For more info see the video

Nubre: The Power of Contemporary Design

Date posted: June 2012

The jewels made by 45 Egyptian and European students will be in exhibition from 8th to 12th May, inside the British Council Agouza in Cairo. The projects are the results of four workshops, that took place in Aswan, within the project Nubre, meaning “design” in Nubian language. The initiative has been co-funded by the European Union and by the Egyptian designer and businesswoman Azza Fahmy and it has enabled all the participants to confront themselves with the ancient Nubian civilization, thus working with the materials  found at the scene, under the supervision of designers and tutors coming from some of the best jewelry design schools in Europe.

Cartagine Contemporary 2012

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Carthage Contemporary 2012 is the name of a great event devoted to Contemporary Art in Tunisia. From the 11th May to the 15th June, The National Museum of Carthage housed a great international review of contemporary art, the exhibition “Chkoun Ahna. On the track of history”, curated by Khadija Hamdi and Timo Kaabi-Linke; artists coming from many countries related to Tunisia, such as Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, Turkey and from Italy, Spain, Germany and France have taken part to the exhibition.
For more than a month, in Tunisi, Carthage, Sidi Bou Said and La Marsa, a circuit of seven important galleries (Galerie Ammar Farhat, Galerie le Violon Bleu, Cherif Fine Art, Espace d’Art Mille Feuilles, Galerie El Marsa, Kanvas Art Gallery, B’chira Art Center) housed Artists’ Talk, reportage projections and exhibitions by the most interesting contemporary artists of the Middle-Eastern scene.

Farm Cultural Park

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Favara Reloaded

Favara (AG), Saturday 30th June 2012

Andrea Bartoli, “notary by profession and cultural agitator by passion”, is going to celebrate, on 30th June, the second birthday of his creature Farm Cultural Park.

Andrea Bartoli and his staff have achieved the near impossible: turning an impoverished town in Southern Sicily, Favara (AG), “into the island’s capital of cool”, as recently claimed by the British newspaper The Guardian. Farm Cultural Park, ambitious project  started in 2010, has attracted in 2011, 10.000 guests, 56 cultural organizations, 21 cultural initiatives, with artists and visitors from all over the world. So, the semi-abandoned historic centre of Favara, with its maze of stone houses, its alleys, its central square and the little castle, has become a huge art gallery of contemporary art, with exhibition rooms that are both temporary and permanent, a centre of contemporary art (Sicily Foundation), that houses artists, designers, architects and curators, with a tea garden and an art bookshop specialized in contemporary art and architecture, a daycare centre and education wards for adults and children, innovative refreshment bars and design stores. Exteriors of buildings are used as canvases for huge paintings and sculptures by artists such as Fabio Melosu and Fabio Novembre; Interiors house works of art by national and international artists, while a bigger building houses the world’s biggest permanent collection of work by the American fashion photographer Terry Richardson.
It’s really impossible to sum up the rich program of events that will take place on 30th June.  Update information is available on the website:

AWDA. Aiap Women in Design Award

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Aiap Women in Design Award, at its first edition is a biennial award that is open to all visual communication women designers. AWDA aims at acknowledging and promoting the  universe of visual communication design of women, with the non-rethorical and  inward-looking aim to discover different languages, poetics and approaches, that, otherwise, would never be displayed.
Taking part to the award is free and the participation is subject to the forwarding of a registration e-mail to the Aiap secretariat ( by Monday 2nd July 2012.
The official award-giving ceremony will take place during the next edition of Aiap DesignPer, International Graphic Design Week, to be held in Treviso from 25th to 29th September 2012.

Festival Sinestezija in Herceg Novi

Date posted: June 2012

This summer, July 20 to 29 2012, the Sinestezija Festival will be back on the streets and squares of Herceg Novi, in Montenegro.
The Sinestezija Festival is proud to be one of the most innovative festivals in the Montenegro region. It is a multi-disciplinary way of presenting art as has already been recognized by many people and organizations. This way of meshing up art forms in order to connect with cities’ true core was proven to be extremely efficient, due to enormous freedom of expression. Some of this year’s guests are the Laser Summit of Cheap Graphic and Initiative for Promotion of Modern Poetry from Serbia, Blood Becomes Water webzine from Bulgaria, DJ Zhao, audiovisual performance of the Inicte duo from Germany, along with lots of guests from Montenegro and the whole region. Endorsed by Pictoplasma and Goethe Institute, the Sinestezija Festival aims to please all of it’s visitors while trying to connect them with the true exotic heart of this beautiful little town in the bay of Boka Kotorska.

If design is a woman

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“Se il design è donna” is the title of the exhibition held in Florence (Italy) during the third edition of the Florence Design Week, which takes place in the buildings of the historical central area.
In collaboration with the Association DcomeDesign, the curator Ornella Sessa, Florentine architect working in the field of design, gathered fifteen women to closely observe the world of contemporary design. Fifteen experiences very different one another: entrepreneurs, professional designers, craftswomen and creative young people are told through their projects ranging from craft to industrial design, from digital art to fashion.
The exhibition opened with a talk-show directed by Cristina Morozzi, where different personalities had the opportunity to discuss: Chiara Boni (designer), Veronica Giovannetti (entrepreneur), Emiliana Martinelli (architect, entrepreneur), Marta Sansoni (designer), Cristina Giachi (Association of Equal Opportunities of the City of Florence) in addition to the protagonists of the exhibition.
They talked about creativity, design, opportunities, history and revolutions. Among discordant opinions and different backgrounds, female creativity is defined as a process that is never self-referential, but rather aimed at the needs of other people, full of insight and emotion, on tiptoe.

Istanbul Design Biennial, I edition

Date posted: June 2012

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and the Arts, active since 1973, opens to design and promotes the first edition of Design Biennial to be held in Istanbul from October 13 to December 12, 2012. The theme of the event, the imperfection, was proposed by Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum in London and member of the Advisory Committee of the biennial. The first theme refers to the city that hosts the biennial: a city far from the idea of perfection, completeness and impeccability, since it was generated during a long and discontinuous layering process building and socio-cultural context, which makes it unique, exhilarating and dynamic. Above all imperfection reflects the aspiration of contemporary design. With the consolidated industrial production processes, it is now easy to realize perfect objects, but it is also possible to introduce in the production process the “deviation from the norm”. The imperfection is extremely difficult to design, but is the new limit to be overcomed by design. The two curators of the Biennial of Design Istanbul, Emre Arolat (EAA Architects) and Joseph Grima (Director of Domus magazine), have interpreted the theme of imperfection in different ways. Grima speaks of “Adhocracy”, meaning innovation deliberately moving away from conventions, rules and from the impersonal and abstract bureaucracy procedures, in order to create new autonomous and self-organized business, social as well as productive models. Arolat speaks of dualism between specificity and lack of the context, aesthetics of acontextuality and contexts of innovation. This will enable a critical discourse about the spectacle, that gave birth to and nourishes these two opposite poles. The two main exhibitions will take place at Istanbul Modern.

Balkan Focus-Lokus

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The Balkan Focus-Locus is a two-day symposium (29-30 June 2012) held at Izmir University of Economics, Turkey (Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Visual Communication Design Department) in collaboration with Parsons, USA. The symposium intends to offer first insights on the poorly recorded histories of communication design in the Balkan peninsula, focusing on the period from the late 19th century to the present. This is the first attempt to comprehensively map visual communication (in the areas of graphic design, advertising, typography, web design, media, and inclusive of private initiatives and state/civil service design) in the socio-political and mental territories of the region.
The aim is thus threefold: to present existing and unpublished research; to initiate a forum for emerging issues to be investigated and for new projects to be launched; to see design practice presentations by contemporary designers of the region feed new thinking for future research.

Belgrade Design Week

Date posted: June 2012

Belgrade, from June 03. to June 17

Now in its 7th year the annual design festival of the Serbian capital Belgrade Design Week, with kind support of SUPERKVART and the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture of Serbia, has focused for two weeks, from June 03 to June 17, the attention of media, institutions and the general public to all segments of the creative industries. Belgrade Design Week is the first festival for modern businesses in the region, covering an area home to more than 100 million people from Milan to Istanbul. For five years, Belgrade Design Week has successfully forged connections between regional creative industries, the global design scene, and Belgrade. Belgrade Design Week is arguably the key international event in the Belgrade cultural calendar and t his year’s motto was Freedom Squared. The festival has once again invited a number leaders from the international creative industries to host exhibitions, panel discussions, lectures, and workshops. Almost 150 Serbian designers showed their works in 115 shop windows in the city center, for a design exhibition Belgrade has never experienced before in this scale.

Chouf! Tunisian contemporary photography

Date posted: May 2012

Chouf ! means “look” in Tunisian Arabic! This exhibition aims to provide a new perspective on contemporary art scene in Tunisian’s through photography, a valuable tool for the representation of social reality after the social movements and political changes in the country. Chouf ! Talk About injustices, it’s a scream against indifference, reminds us of the social struggle for freedom. Chouf ! was the first exhibition of contemporary photography Tunisian taking place in Spain in June 2012 with the works of Emir Ben Ayed, Zied Ben Romdhane, Wassim Ghozlani, Ishmael, Mouna Jemal Siala and Ziad Zitoun.

Mediterranean Food Design

Date posted: September 2011

Call for Paper, Exhibition and Workshop

The Izmir Economics University announces the
Product and Service Design Symposium and Exhibition on Agricultural Industries: Mediterranean / Food / Design.
The event will be held in April 2012.

The aim of the symposium is to share ideas, projects and experiences in food design as well as observations on the role of design for product and process innovation, to raise the quality of activities and products of the agri-food field and the development of skills of the actors in this industry.
The theme of food will be discussed as a material, cultural, economic and environmental element of great importance to contemporary and future society.
Food design will be covered as design of food and design for food, including places, production systems, food processing distribution models, packaging, visual communication, merchandising, sensory analysis, symbolic and ritual content.
Mediterranean food design will be covered as a strategic tool for sustainable development of the Mediterranean countries from an economic, social, environmental and cultural point of view.

The Mediterranean session will study scenarios and design practices that affect social practices related to food in the Mediterranean context. Value of conviviality and acceptance linked to food in this area. Practice of restoration, development and diffusion of the Mediterranean diet as a model of taste and health. Exploitation and development of the production in local territory contexts. Mediterranean hospitality systems, design of welcoming and cultural tourism. Removal of brokerage between supplier and consumer.