In the Critical Tide exhibition, the audience has many ways to participate, learn, ask questions and meet the team behind the exhibition. Critical Tide will also expand from the Design Museum´s Gallery to the coasts of Helsinki.
6 September at 1 pm
Lunch Talk with the exhibition team on opening Friday 6th September from 1 pm to 2 pm
Open Studio at the Department of Seaweed
on Wednesdays 11.9., 18.9., 25.9., 2.10., 16.10. and 23.10 from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Explore different materials and meet the Designer Julia Lohmann and her team in an Open Studio. At the Critical Tide exhibition space.
Ocean Confessional performance
The gathering of confessions: Friday 6 September 2.30pm-5 pm, Saturday 7 September 1pm-4pm and Sunday 8 September 1pm-4pm
Confessions are also gathered during the exhibition at the Design Museum in the Ocean Confessional booth. At the final weekend of the exhibition, the team will organize a public ceremony where the slips of paper will be dropped into the sea.
The Sea ceremony at the end of the exhibition: Saturday 26 October
In connection with the Ocean Confessional project, performance will be held on the shores of Southern Helsinki. Canadian designers Pete Fung and Samein Shamsher, will invite passersby to confess their sins to the ocean and cast them into the sea. The work is a form of public ceremony, brought into the community in order to increase ecological sensitivity.
The team behind the Critical Tide
Julia Lohmann, designer, educator and researcher investigates and critiques the ethical and material value systems underpinning our relationship with flora and fauna. She is Professor for Contemporary Design at Aalto University, Helsinki, teaching ‘Critical Design Practice’ and ‘Design Practice in Social Context’. Julia also founded the ‘Department of Seaweed’, a trans-disciplinary platform for the sustainable development of algae as a resource for making, as well as directing her own design studio. Julia holds a PhD in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art, London. The AHRC-funded research was undertaken in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum. Julia’s work is part of major public and private collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, Arts Institute Chicago, Metropolitan Museum New York, British Council. For more information see www.julialohmann.co.uk.
Pirjo Haikola is a designer, educator, researcher and SCUBA diving instructor. Her work focuses on socially and environmentally responsible design and designers’ agency in different collaborative contexts, in particular, related to coastal challenges. Pirjo is a lecturer in Design Innovation and Technology at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (March 2019-) and has previously held positions at Aalto University in Helsinki, IADE Creative University in Lisbon and Delft University of Technology. Pirjo’s teaching includes annual Conceptual and Critical Design courses at Aalto University (since 2007). Pirjo also works as a design research consultant, most recently for Suunto diving. Pirjo holds a PhD in Design as Marie Curie Fellow (DESIRE network and University of Aveiro 2013). Pirjo has co-authored publications under the titles: Green Dream (2010), Visionary Cities (2010), and Vertical Village (2012), among others. Her design projects have been exhibited internationally. For more information see www.pirjohaikola.com
Gillian Russell is a Designer, Curator and Researcher whose projects center on the interplay between design and its critical contexts. She is a senior lecturer at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada, where she teaches Critical Design Practice, Inventive Methods in Design Research, and Narrative Environments. She has worked on projects and exhibitions with the Design Museum London, London Design Festival, Milan Furniture Fair, Tent London, and Victoria & Albert Museum. This work has led to publications in key journals in the field as well a book chapter on ‘Curating Critical Design: An embodied criticality’ in Design Objects and the Museum, Bloomsbury (2016) Gillian holds a PhD in History of Design at the Royal College of Art, London (2017). It was undertaken with AHRC funding in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Gero Grundmann is a Helsinki and Hamburg-based designer, translator and educator. He founded the transdisciplinary design studio Studio Bec together with his wife, the designer Julia Lohmann. Gero is interested in the fields of design and craft, resilience and sustainability, inclusion and ethics. He mainly works in the cultural, educational and beyond-profit sector, designing and co-curating exhibitions and educational activities together with his clients and visualizing/illustrating for print, web, and events. Gero has taught at a number of European design schools, was a project associate professor at the KIT Design Lab in Japan, helped author an MA-level design curriculum, has written and led numerous degree and postgraduate-level workshops, as well as mentoring design students and practitioners in Europe and Asia. For more information see www.studiobec.com
The Critical Tide exhibition is supported by the Design Museum´s Design Club member Pharmaceutical Information Centre
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