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"Antenna, a global scan of the new trajectory in Design" - Ravi Naidoo, Founder & Curator Design Indaba
Antenna 2018 Line-up
We select 20 talented individuals each year and offer them a platform during an inspirational and challenging conference and expo. But Antenna is more than this. We are also keen to see tomorrow’s ideas become reality. This is why we are building an international network, offering coaching and tools, and looking for partners who would like to join us in taking on the challenge to realise these plans.
Ella is a Swedish product & furniture designer aiming to create a better living environment for everyone through inclusive design. Having worked with and been around people with disabilities her whole life she has witnessed the lack of well designed products that are created with disabilities in mind. During her final year at Beckmans college of design Ella set out to create inclusive furniture that does not sacrifice aesthetics. She is currently using her design education to create specialized products that really can make a change and not only help people through function but also lift their spirits through design.
Freyja Sewell is a designer who creates for the mind. Much of her work is aimed at facilitating privacy and mindfulness with-in our increasingly hectic and connected world. She explores this though both traditional furniture and cutting edge technologies, creating spaces and tools for increased metacognition and mental wellbeing. Freyja graduated from 3D Design at Brighton University in 2011. During her degree, she won a scholarship to Nagoya University of Arts, which provided an inspiring insight to Japanese design culture, a core continuing source of inspiration in both her personal and professional life. Her HUSH chair is in production by Raskl Design and has been part of multiple exhibitions and articles. In 2012 she was awarded the London Design Museum Residency and her past clients include Selfridges and Unilever. Freyja has recently returned to London after two years living and working in Tokyo. During her stay she attained JLPT3 Japanese Language proficiency and spent time working with Nendo and Kengo Kuma whilst completing the prestigious Daiwa Scholarship. She was awarded the Furniture Makers Guild Bursary to undertake her studies at the RCA. Freyja believes that rather then passively allowing technology to change us by shortening our attention span, isolating us in echo chambers and exploiting our addictive tendencies, we must pro-actively harness it to shape our minds, and so our future, for the better.
Gwen Gage is an industrial design graduate from Pratt Institute in New York. Most recently, she completed a summer fellowship at IDEO CoLab where she worked with emerging technologies to address the topic of children’s nutrition. For her project, Gage was committed to using her design skills to help a community typically underserved by designers. Focusing on the topic of malaria prevention, she began her process in rural Senegal where she found that access to medications in remote regions is often severely lacking. She believes that in order for such projects to have lasting impact, it is vital that the solutions are realistic given the limitations of the setting. She therefore focused on a solution that would be cost-effective, easy to distribute with limited infrastructure, and intuitive to use with minimal guidance. Gage designed an inexpensive tool for transporting boxes of medication on a bicycle and organizing medicine in clinics. The tool is lightweight enough to be easily included in existing malaria medication shipments. This project recently made the shortlist for the Dezeen Awards 2018, Transport Design.
Felix Ros recently graduated from Eindhoven University of Technology – Industrial Design. Felix’ main field of interest is in designing for the relation between humans and intelligent machines. Most of his more significant work so far has been focused on future mobility, autonomous driving and multimodal interaction. Felix prides himself for being a ‘Digital Designer’ who fell in love with the physical. This positioning is a result of his holistic design approach and curiosity for technology. Although much of his work is physical, at its core it is all digital. Felix is both a designer and an engineer. He does not only design User Experiences but also builds prototypes and develops software. He has built intelligent prototypes for ‘autonomous driving’ which have been used for testing purposes at universities and car manufacturers and are being developed into high-fidelity prototypes. Two of Felix's most renowned projects are 'Stewart' and 'Scribble' which he developed during his Master at Eindhoven University of Technology. During the development of these projects, he worked at and with as Renault-Nissan Research in Silicon Valley and Mercedes-Benz Design in Stuttgart, Germany. His work has been presented and demonstrated around the world. In 2016 'Stewart' won the Core 77 Student interaction Design Award and the golden A'Design Award.
Martina Huynh is a graduate from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, with a focus on design research and interaction design. During her studies in the department Man & Communication she quickly specialized in conceptualizing and playfully translating research on societal changes into tangible experiences to further the discussion and make active proposals for alternatives. Which is why her projects often take shape as multimedia performances, video essays or interactive installations, placed in an everyday context. Particular fields of interest are digital humanities and alternative ecologies / economies. It was the national debate in her home country Switzerland in 2016 that provided the first sparks for her graduation project Basic Income Café. During the referendum, one could vote on whether every Swiss citizen should receive an unconditional basic income every month, that is high enough to cover one’s basic needs - no questions asked. Even though the proposal was rejected, Martina continued to keep updated about the global debate on a universal basic income and quickly noticed the many different versions and interpretations of such an economic scenario. Which is why her interactive installation Basic Income Café - by simply visualizing the flow of money though coffee - raises the question of What kind of basic income people want in their country - rather than whether the idea should be implemented or not, since that depends very much on the conditions and intentions. Since then Basic Income Café has been tested in the Netherlands and in Italy. Martina is looking for places in different countries to further prototype alternative economic futures with others. Apart from this project, she is also currently investigating how our relation to technology is shaped by its interfaces.
A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Ellie Frymire watched the #MeToo movement with a researcher’s keen eye. What began with scathing reports on the numerous sexual assaults perpetrated by powerful men in Hollywood soon spiralled into a global consciousness on women’s rights and the lack of safety for women in all walks of life around the world. It started when Alyssa Milano first used the hashtag prompting people to tell their own stories. What followed was a flood of experiences, building a community of support, natively and primarily through social media. The movement encouraged more women to come forward — not only validating the experience of victims, but exposing more perpetrators beyond those in Hollywood. But is that all that was said within #metoo? Frymire’s project explores the text of tweets from the 6 months following the birth of the digitally native social movement. “By using unsupervised k-means cluster analysis, we can uncover organic themes,” she writes. The project aims to answer the question: “what are people really saying with #metoo?”
Adelaide Lala Tam
Each time we pour milk into our morning coffee or grill a beef patty for a burger, Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Adelaide Lala Tam wants us to think about something we’d much rather push from our minds: the life and death of a modern day cow. The Hong Kong-born creative’s project 0.9 Grams of Brass shines a light on the hidden value of life in the meat industry. Particularly, the slaughter process. While the environmental harm caused by the mass farming of cows has become a talking point internationally, the deaths of these animals remain unknown and undervalued. They’re killed with a stun gun. Lala Tam has used the empty cartridge as a symbol in her project because it’s all that’s left after the slaughter of a cow. She then melts the cartridge down and turns into an everyday paper clip, illustrating the diminished nature of the animal’s life. The process of turning a cartridge into a paper clip happens within a vending machine to question the ethical value in contrast to the monetary value of the practice. The object sold from the machine is made from the 0.9 grams of brass cartridge casings and costs the same price as the bullet itself. “The resulting brass paperclip (which has its origins in a system of mass production and distribution) is an object consecrated for daily use that serves as a constant reminder of the loss of an animal’s life,” she writes.
RISD graduate Gavin Zeitz proposes that we create an inclusive economic zone in the Arctic. Right now Russia, America and China are each vying for control and influence in the region. With the ice in the arctic receding, the world’s untapped fossil-fuel is at stake, according to CNBC. The arctic also holds a range of other resources such as gold, silver, diamond, copper, titanium, graphite, uranium and other valuable rare earth elements. Zeitz’ project, The Arctic Commons seeks to subvert the “first come first serve” politics of global development which puts the objectives of the culturally elite at the forefront, perpetuating the circulation of wealth among those already at the top. He wants to do this by creating a zoning protocol that is delineated not by arbitrary cartography, but by geophysical conditions such as ocean currents or drainage basins. This way, “we begin to see a global landscape that is by the people and for the people,” he writes, adding, “This new zone is a provocation that the North can be a model for how we come together globally for the common heritage of humanity.”
With refugee numbers on the rise and their living conditions under increasing obscurity, ECAL graduate Iskander Guetta has applied design thinking to question the current circumstances in Switzerland. Switzerland is one of the last countries that still builds anti-nuclear bunkers. In peacetime, many of these bunkers are a shelter for the homeless and migrants without housing. According to Guetta, living conditions there are really tough. His project, Abri + is a set of objects - a lamp, a small bag, a curtain and some hooks - allowing for a more decent space to live in. The project aims to provide creature comforts in an otherwise cold, institution-like surrounding. His hope is that it will welcome the homeless and migrants in a more human way.
Hiromi Kimoto of Keio University SFC is in 2035 while we’re in 2018. A self-described collective dreaming researcher, Kimoto’s project, Food in our aging society, is a speculative exploration of food in the lives of the elderly. Specifically, the project proposes a hands-on process of speculation and prototyping of the future of food in 2035 for elderly people through ethnographic research and ideation workshops with a wide range of people. Her project asks: In a society where the age gap is increasing, what will change in our everyday lives; what new problems will arise?
Manon van Hoeckel
Boijman’s Launderette by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Manon van Hoeckel is a fully functioning laundrette designed to foster communication in an unlikely space. Located right in the middle of a museum at the exhibition ‘Change’ in Rotterdam, the laundrette responds to the world’s diminishing spaces for spontaneous conversation. From online banking to food on demand, the chances of meeting a stranger are disappearing fast. When we talk to those we see as “other” it’s a chance to gain not only insight but also empathy. One could argue that the disappearance of these spaces could significantly impact a refugee’s progress in a new country. Asylum seekers are not allowed to work in the Netherlands but, by taking advantage of a loophole in a freedom of the press law, refugees are allowed to sell printed goods in a public space. In a project called Printed Matters, the Dutch designer created portraits of refugees who then sell their prints, blurring the lines of labour and art.
Bárbara López Anwandter
Arthritis, osteoarthritis, burns sequelae or amputations of hands are among several conditions that can lead to partial or total atrophy of the hands. Because the hands become cocoon like, everyday tasks like eating, writing or cleaning are nearly impossible without help. Oliber is a low-cost solution to this problem designed by Bárbara López Anwandter from the Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile. It’s an easy to use, inexpensive magnetic mitten that allows people with atrophied hands to pick up objects via magnets and metal plates, enabling users to eat by themselves, brush their teeth, write with precision, draw, hold up their phone, and many other tasks. The magnets allow users to hold up to 2.2 pounds. For objects that are not metal, Oliber comes with four metal plates that can be stuck to anything the user needs.
Lichen, along with algae and insects, show great potential as a superfood. But unlike its counterparts, it’s so resilient that it can even survive on Mars. Unseen Edible by Julia Schwarz from University of Applied Arts, Vienna, is a speculative look into a future where linchen is already on the menu. Speculative projects like Schwarz’s are not far-fetched. According to the Independent, overpopulation and climate change will lead to a global food crisis by 2040. With this in mind, Schwarz had a closer look at what people ate during times of famine. She found that lichen, a symbiosis of fungi and algae, showed up several times. “Starving people weren’t dying anymore and they didn’t have even deficiency symptoms,” she writes. Her film is a glimpse of a world where lichen is already implemented as an everyday food source and offers a glimpse into the way our eating habits may change in years to come.
Nicole Nomsa Moyo
South African designer Nicole Nomsa Moyo created Ukubutha as a way for disenfranchised communities to empower themselves without depending on government assistance. Service delivery after the weight of the Apartheid government is still almost non-existent in impoverished places in South Africa. Ukubutha, which means ‘to gather’ proposes a waste-to-energy design with socially driven architecture. The sanitation hub aims to empower and collectively solve the underlying needs of access to adequate sanitation, a safe source of water and the production of energy. An independently built water, sanitation and energy hub, Ukubutha provides materials, system mechanisms and spatial qualities based on a response to social and environmental awareness. The design is aimed at assisting the relief of service delivery backlogs for the government, municipalities and communities in, but not limited to Pretoria, South Africa. The sanitation hub would provide on-site fabrication of recycling and resource recovery. Ukubutha is about creating sustainable environmental spaces for collective engagement and wellbeing. Moyo conceptualised the project at Carleton University in Canada.
Gary Zhexi Zhang
Bitcoin’s energy bill is growing to environmentally disastrous proportions at a global scale, says MIT student Gary Zhexi Zhang. Touted as a trustless system, blockchain protects itself from malicious intent through a series of computational methods, cutting out the need for traditional centralized social institutions, such as the administrative work of banks and governments. Its mechanisms also replace the physical labour exerted by these mechanisms in the name of maintaining order and trust. But blockchain does produce heat. Zhang’s project, Farm is a speculative exploration of the question: How much energy does it take to maintain a society? The project seeks to explore the question by making the investigation palpable. Farm I (parasitic shrimp farm) replicated this relationship within an ecological system. Farm II (sacculina) replaced the shrimp in the first system with people. The next iteration will take place at the antenna exhibition at Dutch Design Week.