Two days round tables, Cluj, Romania.
Project Team: Tincuta Heinzel, Anamaria Huluban, Corina Andor, Irina Simion.
Invited participants: Ioana Sanda Avram (University of Arts Bucharest, RO), Mirela Duculescu (University of Architecture and Urbanism „Ion Mincu“, Bucharest, RO), Emilian Dan Cartis (Humanscale New York, USA), Tincuţa Heinzel (2580 Association), Ina Leonte (ZEST Collective), Prof. Dr. Marius Marcu-Lăpădat (University of Architecture and Urbanism „Ion Mincu“, Bucharest), Timotei Nădășan (IDEA Arta + Societate journal), Eugen Pănescu (Planwerk Cluj), Zilvinas Lilas (KHM – Media Arts School Cologne), Katharina Bredies (Berlin University of Arts – Design Research Lab), Alec Balasescu (Romanian Cultural Institute Istanbul), Cristian Chesut (University of Arts and Design Cluj), Ciprian George Mihnea (University of Arts and Design Cluj).
Location: Plan B Gallery Cluj, The Paintbrush Factory, Cluj
Dates: 13th -14th of November 2013
If there is a close relationship between design and visual form, we assist today to the extension of the notion of design. Not only design refers to the formal conception of the industrial produced objects, but the notion of design covers today a large set of activities, if it is to take into consideration that design integrates scientific, technological, cultural and political aspects. Design does not relate anymore to object-based concerns but has expanded its meaning to context-based aspects. In this sense we are close to the definition given once by Laszlo Moholy Nagy in his book, „Vision in motion”, that “design it is not a profession but an attitude”. Design is seen today as a form of mediation between technology and environment, between specialists and society. It is the mark of an active form of exploration and participative modelization of the environment and finally of ourselves. To form (or to give form), as well as to „draw” (or to design), is about expressing a vision about the soon to be present and about the future, it is about negotiating different components that are to be taken in consideration. Design is about conceiving and developing artifacts by paying attention to their future form, function, conditions of production, ways of use and consumption. For this reason, design proves to be a form of political manifestation and the legitimacy of design processes can be appropriated only from a critical stand point.