Shenzhen Art 3: B10 “Design Edge: Inside/Outside”

Let us now travel to OCT-LOFT, the creative center of Shenzhen.

B10 is an amazing warehouse gallery in heart of the ‘hip’ Loft neighborhood. A huge venue, an incredible project. As part of the OCT-LOFT Creative Festival, this exhibition really brings it.

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From their publications: 
The “design experimental field” mentioned here contains three levels;
First, the field that breeds design experiments [the lab];
Second, the field that leads to imaginations regarding the future [Utopia];
Third, the field that is reconstructed in the real world [improvement of the present reality]

Ambitious, right!

There are nine international design research projects exhibited, hailing for all over the world. Self Unself. Inside the White Wale. Connecting Cities. Fluid Archives – Data Come to Me. Mobile Voices – Projecting the Voices of Immigrant Workers by Appropirating Mobile Phones for Popular Communication. The Museum of the Future 2040. Emotive Environment – Thinking and Creating with Active Materials. Multilingual – Typography. E-embroidery and Interior Embroidery.

Ranging from video art to walk-in instillations, there’s too much to go over in one brief blog. Please check it out in person for more. You have until March 8th…

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I’d like to add that I was particularly impressed with the Multilingual Typography instillation, brought to you by the Geneva University of Art and Design. I think that it is a very important subject in an increasingly globalized world. Typesetters can’t be pleased with just one language anymore, it’s not enough. And cities like Shenzhen and Hong Kong and elsewhere prove it; modern fonts must be designed with multiple languages in mind. A lot to think about, and a lot to enjoy in these recordings of such.

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