7TH TALLINN APPLIED ART TRIENNIAL

Seminar

21.04.2017
SEMINAR

Modes of mediating applied art and design

21.04.2017 | Sõprus Cinema

The seminar invited everyone to listen and discuss the topic of how to talk about and introduce applied art in a way that it would attract a wider audience as wellHow to mediate applied art and design to different audiences and provoke meaningful discussions that would develop an overall design literacy? How does the small number of analytical texts about applied art affect artists?

The seminar wished to provide a platform for artists, curators, gallerists and marketing and communications specialists.

Top experts from both Estonia and outside the country shared their experience and success stories. Moderators were a gallerist, writer, translator and lecturer Keiu Krikmann and a historian of design and a lecturer Triin Jerlei.

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The Abstracts

Presenters at the seminar were Norwegian art critic and editor André Gali, a Los Angeles based glass artist and educator Sarah Gilbert, a freelance journalist and researcher Karin Paulus from Estonia, a museum educator specializing in design Hanna Kapanen from Finland and a critic, editor, curator and lecturer Liz Farrelly from United Kingdom.


André Gali

Critical Issues in Contemporary Crafts: It’s time to Think Through Materials

Contemporary crafts, art and design are valuable and meaningful tools of communication that go beyond language and engage the public – viewer or user – in various ways, conveying meaning to our surroundings and suggesting ways of being in the world.

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Sarah Gilbert

Materials Push Back: Cultivating Naivety at the Intersections of Art, Craft and Design

Art and design are often considered divergent even antithetical practices. Function, or utility, creates the primary division, defining the designer and excluding the artist. Taken further, this division appears in more blatantly ideological terms: the artist aims to question the dominant culture, while the designer aims to create it.

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Karin Paulus

Surviving practice: Mixing and Multitasking

In the stress of these fast-paced times“slow living”, which also involves taking joy in everything you do, is a brave and beautiful philosophy. How can we achieve such joy? My recipe is seemingly contradictory: it is also possible to juggle things and combine a wide variety of practices.

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Liz Farrelly

Mediating Design: a case study in diversity at London’s Design Museum

During a career that began as desk-top-publishing reinvented print (it never died), London’s Design Museum has been a constant presence for me. As a design journalist and editor, lecturer to design students and (occasional) curator, the Museum has been subject, collaborator and educator, and most recently also partner institution and case study for my doctoral research.

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Hanna Kapanen

Design Matters: Learning about the values and impact of design

Design aims to improve life, making it more beautiful, more functional and appropriate to its purpose. Nordic functionalism and the principles of democratic design are still relevant today. They are composed of sustainable design on a human basis taking into account not only the aesthetic dimension but also the environmental, social and the functional aspects.

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