University for the Creative Arts Research & Enterprise invited Daniel Charny to give one of two keynote presentations alongside musician Matthew Herbert on their Staff Conference Customise! themed day. The talk entitled [Insert Title Here] was a joint conversation/presentation with Professor Ulrich Lehmann surveying and reflecting on the impact of MC (Mass Customisation).
Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) Design Directors Nat Hunter and Sophie Matthews commissioned Daniel Charny to curate the stand of their new perception changing initiative The Great Recovery at 100% Design 2012. The stand, designed by Thomas.Matthews, presented a collaboration with Islington Council’s repair and reuse shop Bright Sparks founded by Diye Wariebi of Digibridge combining a 3d printer making missing parts (see first pict below of Jim with his Emaker Huxley). Other exhibits included new designs reusing discarded components by recent RCA graduate Gaspard Tine-Beres and hosted the launch of Fixperts.org pilot project (more about how this project soon).
Lodz Design Festival, Forum Design and Architecture, 19.10.12 Targowa 35, IV floor, will be hosting a series of talks curated by Maria Jeglinska interrogating what the Economist recently titled the Third Industrial Revolution. Speakers include: Aaron Makaruk, Antonia Nottenbohm, Jacek Kolodziejski, Nitzan Cohen, Johanna Agerman Ross, Przemyslaw “Mac” Stopa and Daniel Charny. Charny will be presenting the thinking behind the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition Power of Making and talking about attitudes to making and skills in the 21st century. Here is an excerpt from the introduction:
‘It seems we are in the midst of a great awakening of making, or even as some have declared the dawn of the next (maker driven?) industrial revolution.
The reality is that although most people can make, most just don’t. In fact fewer and fewer people, especially those who live in cities, actually know how to make the things they use, need or want; or even how these things are made. This is one of the most dramatic and unfortunate legacies of the Industrial Revolution which has shaped the world we live in. Distance and lack of understanding are impacting also on governments and educational institutions, which are failing to see that making is very much part of the future. Making is the universal infrastructure of production – be it technical or artistic, scientific or cultural. Making is a type of applied thinking that is at the core of creating new knowledge of all kinds, and the sensibilities of making should actively be made a part of our future.’
This years London Design Festival started for Daniel Charny with the curating of the Great Recovery stand for RSA at 100% Design, designed by Thomas Matthews; then talking at the first Global Design Forum with Thomas Heatherwick about working with clients; the next day with Monocle’s design editor Hugo Macdonald about the LDF role in generating new work see podcast on Section D #50. Day 5 as ‘Design Brain’ on Dezeen Live with Marcus Fairs talking about authenticity; Day 6 was judging and presenting at Be Open Think Tank design awards; and day 6 was the most exciting launching of the new initiative Fixperts.org with James Carrigan and the amazing Fixperts team.
Design & Making is a series of essays exploring the importance of craft and design today published by Danish Crafts. Editor-in-Chief Max Fraser, editors Birgitte Jahn, Kristian Kastoft, Anders Kongskov Olsen, Nina Tolstrup. Contributors Daniel Charny, Magnus Englund, Grant Gibson, Lesley Jackson, Birgitte Jahn, William Knight, Libby Sellers and Paul de Zwart.
[images from Design & Making graphic design by Richard Ardagh Studio]
Invited by Peter Griffith to do a friday morning talk at Nokia London headquarters, the conversation following the presentation was one of the more interesting I have experienced in the run of Power of Making talks. It brought up pertinent comments on perceptions of making in the future and I was struck by the dynamic positive outlook regarding designers involvement in production level understanding and detailing. Images of POM at V&A .
The Science Museum of London is planning an ambitious museum experience to tell the story of the Large Hadron Collider. As part of figuring out how to do this they invited a group of ‘creatives’ including Daniel Charny to join them on a very special visit to see the LHC control room and the experiments surrounding it. The kit is amazing but what it is really all about is the thousands of bright people from and around the world who share the goal to further knowledge.
This year Daniel Charny nominated five designs for Designs of The Year. RE-DESIGN FOR THE EMERGENCY AMBULANCE by HHCD and Vehicle Design, RCA. LIFELINE VIEW™ DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) by DEFIBTECH. EARTHQUAKE PROOF TABLE by Arthur Brutter and Ido Bruno. SOLAR SINTER by Markus Kayser. CARBON BLACK WHEELCHAIR by Andrew Slorance, iimaginedesign. The yearly ‘Design Oscars’ showcase from around the world is on now at the Design Museum London until 15 July 2012. Category award winners and the overall winner of the Design of the Year Award 2012 will be announced at an Awards event on 24 April 2012.
FormmuseumNu – debate ‘regarding the content and function of a future design museum’
2 February 2012, Konstfack,Svarta Havet, Stockholm. 16.00 – 18.00
Daniel Charny, Curator and advisor for the New Design Museum, London, Lidewij Edelkoort, Trend analyst, Trend Union, Paris. Nina Stritzer – Levine, Chief curator at Bard Graduate center Decorative Arts, New York. FromaFantasma / Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin, Designer, Eindhoven. Mikael Schiller, Executive Chairman of ACNE Studios, Stockholm. Moderator: Annica Kvint, Design – and architecture critic, Stockholm.