Graz & Saint-Etienne
In 2004, UNESCO launched the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). Nowadays, UCCN has grown into an international partnership of 180 cities such as Cape Town, Dubai, Shanghai, Helsinki, Sydney and Mexico City. 180 cities that vary wide- ly in size, history, look and feel. They all have one thing in common, however: They use creativity as leverage for the sustainable development of their city and region. With its recognition in 2017 as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of design, the Kortrijk region will be able to expand its worldwide network with no fewer than 30 fellow design cities, ranging from Beijing to Berlin and from Buenos Aires to Istanbul. In Europe, 11 cities belong to the design domain. In Belgium, Kortrijk is the first city in this domain.
Week van het Ontwerpen, WO18 – We Are The Next Generation invited colleague UNESCO Cities of Design Graz (Austria) and Saint-Etienne (France) to present student work of promising design students in Kortrijk. TU Graz show furniture from the Studio for Furniture Design and Prototypes. Ecole supérieure d’art et design Saint-Etienne shows 2 installations from the courses Object & Media.
The province of West Flanders has been working together with the Chinese province of Zhejiang for 20 years. Through this cooperation, the province wishes to reinforce the position of West Flanders in the global economy. Over the past 20 years, both provinces have established constructive business contacts and accomplished successful projects in the field of agriculture, healthcare, education, training and research. With the participation of students from the China Art Academy in Hangzhou, capital of the province of Zhejiang, in the Design Week, attention is now paid to creativity in order to connect educational institutions and companies from both provinces.
Designing our Future
China Academy of Art
The four works (1)”Beijing 2101” Cai Yuxiao, (2)”Datamancer” Wang Yingyi, (3)”Glitch the Nowness” Wang Qian,(4)”Encounter” Wu Yuanan from the China Academy of Art showcase new media design of the digital natives generation in China. At the School of Intermedia Art, Professor Dajuin Yao has been leading young artists from different programs in a long-term project on Designing the Future. The mediums covered are varied and completely open - ranging from science fiction writing to VR, from animation to laser installations - , yet the emphasis is to encourage young artists to start thinking about the future, and, more importantly, their immediate, current environment. In the works shown here, we see (1) their visions of the future capital with its pollution, (2) future cyberlife and human memory, (3) future technology and the accompanying social media, and (4) future cosmos and our eternal loneliness. This is a generation that had previously been absent in the global and collective designing of the future, and now they are awakening.