Preview Bratislava Design Week 2017 – Limit Is The Challenge – Founded in 2009 as Designweek, renamed to Bratislava Design Week in 2013, Bratislava Design Week is Slovakia’s most intense international design event covering contemporary design. The ninth year of the prestigious show Bratislava Design Week will take place from 7th to 11th June 2017 in different places of the capital city. The main theme of the festival is – Limit.
“We view limit in the broader sense of the word as a relevant factor that influences the formation of a designed object and creative process in general,” This is how the show’s director Ľubica Hustá explains the selection of this year’s motive (with the previous ones being Work, Dream and Road). “It is both a border and a provocative moving force.”
Limit will be an overriding theme mainly at the curated exhibitions and site-specific installations, but the organisers will bring it up during discussions and raise it during lectures.
The curated international exhibitions will be, just like in the last year, held in the premises of the Zoya Galery on Ventúrska street 1. Another festival venue for the designers and designer collections within the Open Call section will be the abandoned building above the Urban House café on Laurinská street 14. The Klarisky church as the third venue will host different installations, the international conference BADW Design Lectures and the Design Week Awards ceremony as well as the fashion show at the start of the festival.
This year, the organisers opted to invite mostly the elite of young designers from Europe. Among the foreign guests are Dutch designers Sander Wessing, Olivier van Herpt, Austrian studio Vandasye, Czech designers Jakub Berdych, Tadeáš Podracký, Markéta Kratochvílová and Kateřina Plamintzerová, Samy Rio from France together with the great shooting star Guglielmo Poletti or Spanish designer Jorge Penandes, all of them winners and finalists of different prestigious design competitions. Apart from their objects presented at the festival exhibition „Settled Waters“ (curated by Ľubica Hustá and Silvia Lovasová), the guests will deliver lectures within the BADW Design Lectures conference. The curated projects will include a travelling exhibition of Hungarian design in collaboration with the Hungarian Culture Institute and the exhibition titled “Pass it on” as the follow-up of the Flowers for Slovakia project.
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The site-specific installations will see chiefly Slovak artists. For example, the curated project of the architectural studio PLURAL /Martin Jančok a Michal Janák/ which seeks to make a temporal architecture of space utilising the main theme. Their installation represents architecture in its fundamental form – as a limit, delimitation of space. The artists of the younger generation Jaroslav Kyša and Juraj Rattaj will actualise a piece on the cusp between contemporary art and design. Part of the design transformation of the Klarisky church will be a temporary garden in the interior. The rest of the installations, again working with the theme Limit, will be put together by the winners of the past Design Week Awards (Mejd, Allt, Rudolf Rusnák, Lucia Gašparovičová a Braňo Laho) in the premises of their choice across the Old Town.
Traditionally, BADW will offer lectures, discussions, workshops for general and professional public and for children, let alone the music programme to underline the festival vibe.
This year, BADW will be linked with the SELF festival (Festival about the overlaps of graphic design, culture and society) for the first time.
“Thanks to the festival, the visitors will be able to experience a temporarily shared library of inspirational literature,” adds Ľubica Hustá.
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