Since she switched from writing about design in "Elle Decoration" - which she introduced to the Polish market and chief-edited for seven years - to teaching and curating design exhibitions, Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka has become one of the chief promoters of young Polish and international designers.One of her first projects on this was Prodeco - a contest for emerging design talents that she started in 2001.She lectures on current trends, publishes in design and life-style media, judges numerous contests, aiming at spreading the understanding of design and its functions. In cooperation with cultural institutions in Poland and abroad she organizes numerous design exhibitions all over the world. Her last long-term project is Lodz Design Festival which she has curated in 2008 and 2009. In 2009 she prepared following exhibitions: Play&Joke" (Lodz Design Festiwal 2008), „Natural sources of Polish design" (Regional Museum Stalowa Wola), „UnPolished" (in cooperation with Pawe? Grobelny for Design September Festival in Brussels ), Polska Folk (Tent London during the London Design Festival 2009), Design Tales (for Lodz Design Festiwal 2009).Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka lives in Warsaw/Poland. She graduated in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. She is the representative of Vitra Design Museum in Poland.
Adam Štech is a design and architecture editor and curator based in Prague, Czech Republic. Now he is finnishing his study of Art History at Charles University in Prague. Last four years he works for Prague-based design, architecture a life-style Dolce Vita magazine as an editor. In 2009 he co-founded OKOLO creative collective with an interesting in looking for new theoretic contexts and original presentation of design, architecture and fashion. OKOLO did several curated exhibitions and special print publications including exhibitions in London, Lodz, Prague, Bratislava, Milan or Stockholm. Collective also published four issues of its annual magazine and made books such as OKOLO Mollino on Italian modernist master Carlo Mollino. Adam writes for international magazines such as Wallpaper, Cool Hunting, Domus, Mark, Damn, Modern and Modernism. Also he collaborated with Form magazine, Depot Basel gallery, Casa Mollino, Phillips de Pury, SightUnseen and Architonic. Also he is
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In her recent curatorial activity she is promoting the cross-over projects between art&tech, new media, design, technology, science and society like as in the Media Facades Festival Europe (2010), McLuhan-year Hungary (2011), Pirates of The Danube, TENT London (2011), Chromosonia, Ars Electronica Center (2011), Moving Island, Lodz Festival (2011), KIBU Storytelling program, Budapest (2012), and in Hackathon Against the Corruption during the Data is Beautiful Conference (co-cureted with Nina Czegledy), Budapest (2012).
She takes lectures as regional cultural expert for companies, educational institutes. She is the co-founder of MER the regional design brand with Melinda Sipos and Gergely Laczkovich.
She lives in Budapest.
Melinda Sipos is a Budapest-based designer, cultural producer who works locally and internationally. She initiates, co-ordinates and participates in various projects and workshops at the intersection of art, design and technology. She studied glass design and new media design in Hungary and France and went on to hold various positions at Kitchen Budapest media lab, including programme director.
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Art critic Mirela Duculescu (born 1972) lives and works in Bucharest. She has a Bachelor's Degree in the Theory and History of Art (National University of Arts, Bucharest, 2000) and a Master of Arts Degree in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture (Alberta University, Canada, 2008), for which she wrote a dissertation on Democratic Design in the Cold War Period. With strong research background in the history of architecture and design, Mirela is a PhD student at the National University of Arts, Bucharest (2010-2013), focusing on Romanian Design between Democratic Design Issues and the Socialist Practice (1970-1990). She has worked as editor-in-chief of DeSIGN Bulletin, written design reviews for IGLOO magazine, edited books and published numerous articles and essays for journals in her field. In 2006, together with architects Mariana Celac and ?erban Sturdza, Mirela laid the conceptual groundwork for the first urban culture event on Pictor Verona Street in Bucharest. A founding member of Arhiterra NGO (2006), she has organised cultural events for the Chamber of Romanian Architects, Mirela was vice-commissioner of the Romanian Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale (Bolt - ?erban Sturdza's team), invited producer for the Romanian Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Art Biennale (the Seductiveness of the Interval - curator Alina ?erban); Mirela is executive director of Simetria Publishing House for architecture and city-planning, associate lecturer in the Faculty of Interior Architecture at the Ion Mincu University of Architecture in Bucharest, where she teaches courses on Concepts in Design and Design History, and associate lecturer in the Faculty of Decorative and Design at National University of Arts in Bucharest, where she teaches a course on Design Theory. She is the author of the architectural monograph George Matei Cantacuzino (1890-1960) - arhitectura ca tem? a gândirii / Architecture as a Subject of Thought (Simetria 2010), and editor of the volume Archival Documents of Architecture in Romania. Preliminary Report for Cultural Policy (Simetria 2011). Currently, Mirela is a GE-NEC III research fellow/Getty Foundation with a research on Industrial Design in Romania: 1970-1980.
Claudia Lazar is a Romanian artist and curator, with a background in design and experience spanning from the artists' studio to gallery management and international events. Through her projects, she aims to increase awareness on the Romanian culture, as well as to create inter-cultural bridges in the "glocal" present culture. She initiated and managed ShopArt, the first art fair in Romania that brought together contemporary artists and public at World Trade Center Bucharest (2002-2005). She continued as director of the Assemblage Gallery in Bucharest (2003-2004), exhibiting works from young artists to contemporary masters. Afterwards, she shifted to The Romanian Union of Visual Arts as the head of the Exhibitions and Cultural Projects Department (2004-2007). Currently, she is working as a project manager for the Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv.She graduated from the Design Department of the National Art University in Bucharest in 1999 and she completed her Ph.D. thesis in 2012. She has been working and traveling in international artistic environments since 2001.
Kai Lobjakas (1975) is an art historian, curator and head of collections at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design. She has curated exhibitions, lectured on design, written on Soviet period and contemporary applied art and design practices in articles and catalogues. Since 2005 she is a board member of the Tallinn Applied Art Triennial, 2006-2007 she was a member of the Estonian Designyear team editing the the Tallinn Design Map and design section of the weekly cultural news at National Broadcasting.Selection of curated exhibitions: Things in my Life. With Karin Paulusega. (2001, Estonian National Museum, 2002 ETDM), Meeting Places. Tallinn Cafe Interiors. (2004 ETDM), Practical Art and Home DIY practices. (2009, Tallinn Hobusepea Gallery), Fresh Takes. Contemporary Estonian Design (2010, Helsinki), Estonian Design. Lightings (2011, ETDM), Modernisation. Baltic Art, Architecture and Art 1960-1970s with Lolita Jablonskiene and Iliana Veinberga, Vilnius, Lithuanian National Art Gallery, 2011). Selected publications: Notes on Estonian Design (2006, Estonian Designers' Association), Words for Design: the Estonian Case. - Words for Design III. Comparative Eymology and Terminology of Design and its Equivalents. Ed. Haruhiko Fujita. Osaka 2010, 14-21. Articles on design for the 6th volume of History of Estonian Art (both with Krista Kodres), Against sterotypes. Experimental exhibtion seires Space and Form (Ruum ja Vorm). Exhibition catalogue Our Metamorphic Futures. Spring 2012. Publisher: Lugemik
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Klara Czerniewska, born in 1987, Warsaw, Poland, is an Art historian and critic. She graduated (hons) from the Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw. Author of Gaber i Pani Fantazja. Surrealizm stosowany [Gaber and Miss Fantasia: Applied Surrealism] (Warszawa 2011) - a book on a couple of multidisciplinary artists active in communist Poland - Hanna and Gabriel Rechowicz.
Since 2010 she cooperates with the curator and journalist Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka conducting research and organizing exhibitions of design and applied arts. She is also engaged in writing, editing and translating texts accompanying the shows (UnPolished, Materia Prima, Dziecinada / Child's Play - Polish design for Kids, Co ty pleciesz? / Spinning a yarn).
Her texts on art and design were published in dwutygodnik.com, biweekly.pl, Exit, KMAG, Kontakt, Take Me.
She is interested in design and architecture of the so called socialist modernism and contemporary art.
Špela Šubic is a Museum Counsellor at Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia. BA Art Historian, graduated from the Faculty of Arts - Department of History of Arts Ljubljana, Slovenia. She collected data on Slovenian Video artists for SCCA, later published in the catalogue Videodokument (1999). Beside the work in the archives of the famous Slovenian architect Joze Plecnik, she organized several events to promote the Museum and Plecnik's Collection in public. Wrote articles on history of architecture for Veliki slovenski leksikon (Slovenian Lexicon) published by Mladinska knjiga (last issue 2005) and articles on Slovenian designers for Mel Byars Design Encyclopedia published by MoMA (2004).
From 2002 to 2010 she was Secretary General of Biennial of Industrial Design (BIO), a worldwide known design promotion organization with 50 years tradition. Among major international projects, besides biennial exhibitions, with her team she organized Tapio Wirkkala exhitbion, Composites on Tour - 2, series of lectures on sustainability in design: Sustainable Alternatives. Now as a Museum Counsellor she is focused to museums' collection of Slovene authors in Museum of Architecture and Design and just recently curated the exhibition of Niko Kralj, legend of Slovene industrial design and with coauthor Barbara Predan published a book on him.
Martin Zampach, born in 1981, studied Glass Art at the Secondary Art School in Luhacovice, Czech Republic. In 2006 he graduated from the Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic where he studied Industrial Design. He also studied Product Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland.