No 8 - Cherry-pick design: the role of the curator, 26th of June, 2013

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26th of June, 2013
Designhuis
15:00 - 16:30

Cherry-pick design: the role of the curator

Most larger cities have a design museum and autonomous design has dribbled into the collections of the big contemporary art museums. ‘Design’ objects are being sold through channels that were established for art, such as auction houses and commercial galleries. But, dedicated curated design exhibitions have (so far) not been part of the surge of design’s presence: curators who establish relations with designers, keep track of their development and are able to place changes in the design field in context are still under-represented.

In what way can design learn from how the art world is structured? What is the role of curators within institutions and how do independent curators work? Are there any institutions that collect design and how do they curate their collections? We could debate if design belongs in a museum or if we should find other ways to represent, monitor and collect the movements in the design field.

Wed June 26th
15:00-16:30
Designhuis, Eindhoven
free entrance

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Annemartine van Kesteren

Annemartine van Kesteren

Anne van der Zwaag

Anne van der Zwaag

Rebecca Stephany

Rebecca Stephany

Angelique Spaninks

Angelique Spaninks

Annemartine van Kesteren is a curator, design consultant and writer based in Rotterdam. She is part of the curatorial staff of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen where she is responsible for the collection of contemporary design and the program ‘Design in Boijmans’: a program that actualizes the focus on design. In being a museum curator for contemporary design she gained a wide experience in identifying creative and artistic excellence. She is evenly fascinated by the cultural richness of the past and the embedded knowledge of the craft tradition, as the artistic expression of avant-garde trends.

Anne van der Zwaag organizes exhibitions, symposia and educational programs on art and design in several museums, and gave lectures at universities and academies in The Netherlands and abroad. She edited and wrote several publications and articles on art, design, fashion, architecture and cultural heritage. In 2011 Anne also became Director of OBJECT Rotterdam. It is a platform for the latest limited editions and one-offs from well-known and upcoming designers working in different disciplines and materials. She recently completed a publication and exhibition on the 100-year jubilee of Pastoe, together with Gert Staal.

lives and works in Amsterdam. Her background in art and graphic design, and an educator in both fields, Stephany uses of unspoken rules, expectations and agreements at work in the art world at large and at differentiating cultural practices such as "the artist" from "the designer" in particular. Consequently, Stephany's practice employs and probes a multitude of artistic personae and strategies. Artist Statement #101, May 31, 2013

Angelique Spaninks made a change from journalism to culture. After having worked for ten years as arts editor and after having been part of the editor management of Eindhovens Dagblad, in 2005 she became director of MU. Since 2012 she has also been director of STRP festival. MU focuses on art, design, architecture pop culture and new media. MU has recently opened a second location on Strijp-S.

Design Debates

Eindhoven strives to be the Design Capital of Europe. These ambitions make sense, with a flourishing design network, impressive design and art galleries, a smart and creative region and of course the world famous Dutch Design Week.
A Design Capital needs a platform to discuss, feed the design climate, to cross boundaries with other disciplines and of course connect all players (and players-to-be) within the field. Therefore Eindhoven-based cultural and educational institutions Design Academy Eindhoven, MU, The New Institute, Capital D founded the Design Debates platform. The platform is supported by critical friends: Baltan Laboratories, Alice, Capital D. Every month Design Debates Eindhoven will host an afternoon debate at the Designhuis in Eindhoven.

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