Thursday, November 13, 2014

Designers in Residence Programme_ 2015 Brief: Migration


Designers in Residence Programme
2015 Brief: Migration
Design Museum

London, England
2016 Season

The Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum is a core part of the museum's activity, and exists to provide practising designers, across any discipline, with time and space away from their regular environment to reflect, research and consider new ways of developing their practice.

The Design Museum is expanding its residency programme so that, from 2016, it includes learning, public engagement activities and training, with the aim of making the design process accessible to all of its visitors. Residents will in future be based on site, where they'll have access to studio space and shared workshop facilities. These spaces, viewable by museum audiences, will foster more direct engagement and exchange between residents and visitors.

2015 Brief: Migration

“The Design Museum’s move to the former Commonwealth Institute in Holland Park finally takes place in 2016. The museum is growing in both expertise and ambition as its staff, and the wider design community of which it is a part, begin to explore the complexities of a larger building and a new role.

This seems like a good background against which to explore the theme of migration, a word with a variety of meanings. It is striking that in America, for example, those who choose to move there are described as emigrants. Britain calls those same people immigrants — they are incomers. In the US, the emphasis appears to be on the act of leaving somewhere else, the implication perhaps being that surely just about anybody would be prepared to leave their home and make a move to the US if they could. Without either prefix, migration is a less loaded term. It also has a digital application. Data is made to migrate.

This year's Designers in Residence programme, then, invites designers to respond to this theme. It can be a reflection of objects or processes that imply movement, or transition, of shifting and cross-fertilising cultures, or of mobility.” Deyan Sudjic

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Design Museum
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