Chiang Mai Design Week is a festival jointly held by creators, designers, craftsmen, artists and entrepreneurs in Chiang Mai and from other cities. It also provides a conversation space where people can get together and share design knowledge as local and international designers and creators are invited to celebrate the creative culture and the potential of design.
The festival, however, reaches beyond designers and creative professionals. It also focuses on creating a shared experience with design works among the younger generation, local communities, tourists and anyone interested in design through various activities such as exhibitions, large-scale installations, arts and music. Importantly, they further Chiang Mai’s development effort towards becoming a “Creative City” with deep art, cultural and artisan roots.
Each year, the festival takes place throughout the city of Chiang Mai in several districts with different defining elements: from the Three Kings Monument district with its rich arts and cultural heritage and local way of life to the TCDC Chiang Mai area which is a source of modern design knowledge. Everyone is invited to take a walk and see the city from a different perspective while experiencing various creative activities.
TOWARDS A PHYTO-CENTRED DESIGN
An exhibition about the hidden potential of plants.
For centuries, our inherent alienation from nature has prevented us from truly understanding the potential of plants as more than simple materials or decorative objects.
In recent years, however, new scientific discoveries and philosophical approaches have reframed our relationship with them, questioning the dualism human/nature so much rooted in Western thinking. Echoing the belief of American ecologist Ian Baldwin that “we should try to think like plants”, designers, scientists and engineers, started to look into plants’ structures and behaviours adopting them as allies to develop solutions for current and upcoming environmental and social issues.
Plant Fever proposes to look at the future of design from this new vegetal perspective, moving from a human-centred to a phyto-centred design. Spanning from products and fashion items to material research, open-source devices and emerging technologies, a selection of approx. 50 exhibits – representing the work of creatives from more than 20 countries – will investigate notions such as plant blindness, eco-feminism, forestry, biomimicry and upcycling, but also post-colonialism and cultural landscapes.
Conceived as a militant exposition, Plant Fever will not fear to take a stand, ask critical questions and call for new radical perspectives, involving the public in a positive, inspiring and constructive conversation.
Parallel to the physical space of the museum, the discourse of the exhibition will be further developed through an accompanying web platform, as well as a dedicated conference & workshop programme.
The Barcelona Design Week will open its doors from 9 to 18 June to celebrate the 15th edition, a new opportunity to live and enjoy an unmissable event on design, creativity and innovation in Barcelona and one of the most important Design Weeks of the international calendar.
The BDW is a member of the World Design Weeks network.
The twenty-fifth edition of miart, the international exhibition of modern and contemporary art in Milan, originally scheduled from 17 to 19 April, will now take place from 11 to 13 September 2020.
Milano Art Week will also be held during the same week, from 7 to 13 September.
The decision to postpone both events has been made in the interest of the health of visitors and exhibitors, in light of the spread of Covid-19.
The new dates are an occasion for miart and Milano ArtWeek to be one of the first events of the new artistic and cultural season.
All updates will be available online on the website www.miart.it/en
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact worldwide, Art Basel has decided to postpone its June fair. The 2020 edition of Art Basel will now take place at Messe Basel from September 17 to September 20, 2020, with preview days on September 15 and September 16, 2020.
This decision was taken in close consultation with a wide range of gallerists, collectors, partners, and external experts, with the goal of both protecting the health and safety of our community, and ensuring that the fair will be attended by the largest possible number of collectors, curators, and arts professionals from our global network.
Marc Spiegler, Global Director, Art Basel said: ‘We thank our galleries for the support and understanding of our highly complex decision to postpone the fair. We hope that the situation improves swiftly, and we will work closely with our exhibitors to deliver a successful fair in September. At the same time, we are aware of how dynamic the COVID-19 situation is and will continue to monitor the developments closely. The health and safety of our exhibitors, partners, guests, and teams remain our main priority, and we will adapt all our planning to the developing situation.’
In the interim, Art Basel will continue to invest in and enhance its new digital platform – the Online Viewing Rooms – as a way to support galleries in these challenging times.