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Future Rooms – Academies at the Jerusalem Design Week

Future Rooms – Academies at the Jerusalem Design Week

Hansen House > 07.06-14.06

It appears that in popular culture – in the cinema, on television and, of course, in design – the past takes a prominent place as a point of reference, as a source of inspiration and as a cultural prism through which the present is analyzed and the future is shaped. However, like with conservation, it often appears that this clinging to the past is at the expense of an unbridled perspective on the future, untethered from the bounds of the familiar. As part of the academic collaborations of the 2018 Jerusalem Design Week, a number of design academies – the institutions that are producing the designers of the future, and therefore, the future itself – were invited to respond to the missing prospective viewpoint. Through a series of five “Future Rooms” at the uniform size of 20 m2, five perspectives are created that are closely tied and associated with a possible future, each guided by a different discipline in a different design academy


:Rooms of the Future


Muthesius Parallax – Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, The Industrial Design department, Kiel, Germany

The indispensable method in the past, present and future of schools is the interaction between people. Since we live and work in a digital era this aspect is continuously challenged. The ”Muthesius Parallax” at Jerusalem Design Week 2018 proposes a post-digital, future working room, which is rather a space with a mindset, then an actual room. Our “Future Room” accumulates minds, thoughts and visions. It expresses multiple, parallel existing layers, that display a scenography of our design-process, methods and formats, and most importantly generates an exhibit itself. Through interaction between us, as students of ”Muthesius Parallax” and our visitors, we will create a laboratory around the question: what does the future of schools look like? The Future Room of “Muthesius Parallax” marks the first location of three of a hybrid installation that will be shown, and simultaneously developed, at the Jerusalem Design Week in June 2018, the annual exhibition of Muthesius Art and Design Academy in July 2018 and the 4th Istanbul Design Biennale in September 2018


Seminar by Professor Matylda Krzykowski Initiated with Professor Dr. Annika Frye

Students:  Jakob Brand, Katharina Graff, Franziska Schneider, Benjamin Unterluggauer, Alex Niggemeyer, Leon Clausen, Sebastian Kommer, Henrieke Neumeyer, Hansol Kim, Nina Weiß



Silence of the Future – Department of Visual Communications, NB HAIFA SCHOOL OF DESIGN

The future will turn its back on words as we known them. The “uni-” will be replaced by the “multi.” The unilateral will be replaced by the multi-channel, the one-dimensional will become multi-cultural and the unequivocal will have multiple meanings. The project “Silence of the Future” engages in the merits of letters, words and concepts as connective elements. This is a tapestry of works exploring the configuration, design and processing of words and their meanings, in an attempt to blur the differences and search for similarities. This is a project about possible bridges, about symbols and words that will imbue them with timeless cross-cultural content and thus, create a foundation for the commonalities that unite and provide comfort. Students from the Department of Visual Communications contended with words and concepts that used to constitute the foundations of an entire culture but have become clichés that are easy to blurt out in times of need, passé words that are easily assimilated in the flow of digital life. Each student responds to a word or concept randomly chosen for him/her through visual research and attempts to tell the stories of the assigned words and concepts. Myth, identity card, wheat and phenomenon are a few of the arsenal of words and concepts assigned to the students


Advisors and curators:  Prof. Terry Scheuer, Michal Cederbaum, Assi Cirlin and Yaron Shin – Head of the Dep. Presenters:  Students from 3rd and 4th year



Digital Craft – Department of Jewelry and Fashion, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

The Department of Jewelry and Fashion at Bezalel has a long history of more than a hundred years of creating local craft methodologies. While cherishing the traditional techniques, the department invest a great amount of efforts towards innovation and use of advanced technologies. The department aims to lead its field with cutting edge technologies, while digital production revolution is a common fact, we strive to lead and create the path to the assimilation of innovative tools and methodologies in traditional crafts. In the future of this methodology, a new and exciting digital crafts will be created in both local and global arenas. This exhibition offers a glimpse into the research process that has been taking place for the past four years in the department. The exhibition will display the stages of exploration of shapes, materials, structures and functionality, as they receive expression in new and fascinating processes of hand-made creations in the digital world. In the exhibited works, the public can see traditional craft work combined with new technological skills of 3D scanning, the creation of 3D files, parametric designs of structures, and printing using FDM, SLS and SLA technologies. Some of the works have participated in exhibitions in Israel and internationally and positioned Bezalel’s Department of Jewelry and Fashion at the cutting edge in terms of design, innovation and craft


Curators:  Shelly Satat, Yossi Farkash, Yaron Ronen



Agenda: Textile from Yesterday to Tomorrow – The Department of Textile Design, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art

In a world in which skills become part of the public domain and knowledge is decentralized and flows in all directions, the quality, accuracy and professional secrets of skills are diminishing. Their survivability as a tool in the hands of a designer, who is contending with the challenges of tomorrow, is now in question. Textile work is naturally one of conservation – it always retains the history, memory and culture of thousands of years of mankind. The operation of the most sophisticated modern loom is essentially identical to the ancient manual weaving skill. Textile designers will always use the tradition available to them as a foundation for transformations, for new and surprising contexts –and here lies its power. A textile designer works as an expert in his/her field – a creative scientist, a surgeon and a re-assembler of elements, materials and structures that respond to the challenges of the period. When looking prospectively, the designer continues to work with encounters – between man and his environment, technology, the objects surrounding him, and preserves the physical dimension that will reconnect us to the time and place where we live. Shenkar’s Department of Textile Design’s “Future room” explores professional questions. A long glass-fronted display cabinet functions as a matrix, a cyclical table of junctions that constitute a creative arena. Its purpose is to encompass, catalogue and archive the creative activities in our department and the know-how amassed in it – micro and macro – and to present an updated look at the fundamentals of the profession. Through weaving, knitting, printing, embroidery, felting and more, an object can be created, a problem can be resolved, an opinion may be expressed, a story may be told. Materials and segments of the students’ works demonstrate the realm in which textile operates, in diverse contexts, in all spheres of life


Curator:  Dana Benshalom

Department heads:  Hadas Himmelshein and Gali Canaani

Presenters:  students from the Department of Textile Design



Variables – HIT Holon Institute of Technology, The industrial design department

Variables asks to examine how principles which are important to us – as individuals and as a society – are manifested in objects. Through these objects we will explore what is important for us designers to carry with us to the future, as creatives which influence and are influenced by the technological and bio-technological changes taking place in the design world. In a time of growing immigration, weakening empires, depleting resources, increasing automation, economic disparity, rising violence and racism and fluid national identities, some of the exhibits will raise questions about the meaning and importance of the “object”. It is well known that prophecy is given to fools. However, as those in charge of training the next generation of designers, we aim to equip them in their journey towards the unknown future. from these perspective we wish to create an encounter between the possibilities the future holds to the experience gathered in the present and past, while wondering if these principles, based on the knowledge we have now, will still be viable in the future to come. The exhibition is constructed out of three parts. First, ideas and thoughts by the department’s mentors about what design elements they would carry with them for the future, next to poems dealing with objects and their meaning. Out of these thoughts common principles were extracted – Humanism, flexibility, responsibility, personalisation, community, meaning, local identity and the encouragement of radicalism. Second, a variety of everyday objects which hold to these principles. Finally, a batch of projects of students which dealt with these principles


Curator: Galina Arbelli

Graphic Design: Zohar Koren, Idan Am - Shalem, Eli Magaziner, Alma Neeman Developed by: felix007