Michael Johansson , Last Summer, 2014, Installation view: Museum Voorlinden (NL), Image credit - Bram Vreugdenhil
Pop-up Exhibition – Material Overdose
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Exhibition of the final products of the Material Library's Design Marathon
As one of the main events of the Overdose Exhibition, a design-art exhibition of Galila Barzilai Hollanders extensive collection, the Aharon Feiner Eden Material Library invited designers and artists from all disciplines to take part in a Design Marathon at the Design Museum Holon.
The participants were asked to create a method of designing new objects using existing materials and objects, keeping in mind the principles of circular design. While in the background, questioning whether design can be the solution to mass consumption or is it a part of the problem.
Photo: Eran Levi
For the last two years we have witnessed two opposing trends: on the one hand, the Covid-19 Pandemic, with social distancing and the need for comfort, created a huge rise in consumerism and buying things online. While, on the other hand, the rise in awareness to the huge ramifications of climate change and the want to help and create change for the better.
In the constantly changing world we live in today, Aharon Feiner Eden Material Library of the Design Museum Holon, wants to encourage the personal and environmental responsibility that designers have, initiating multidisciplinary collaborations to find creative and holistic solutions for the problems we are all facing.
The Design Marathon is a competition between teams, the brief was to identify a problem and to design a creative solution in a short amount of time and then to create a physical representation of this solution. The teams where made up of designers from all disciplines: makers, product, textile, fashion, interactive, visual communication, artists, architects, etc. During the marathon there were a team of mentors from relevant fields there to help the teams solve the brief.
The participants were asked to create a method to design a product/object/furniture utilizing existing materials from their everyday surroundings. The goal being – trash to treasure – using the wealth of the unused materials around us a basis for new designs, to motivate a creative process based on the principles of circular design.
As part of the Design Marathon closing ceremony event, the CIRCULA Project by designer Tomek Rygalik was launched – two public seating spaces, designed to create social interactions and created using the principles of circular design.
The objects by the teams that participated in the marathon will be exhibited in the museum as part of a pop-up exhibition.The exhibition will be open from the 15.7 – 23.7
The marathon was held in cooperation with the FIVERR company and with the joint assistance of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute (IAM), the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Drinks for the marathon were provided by Drink Mine. The prize for the first place winners of the competition is courtesy of the DesignNature organization.