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October 21st, 2010

Filed under: ART & DESIGN

New York Design Week May 2010

The shows must go on! Or are they just so prolific that they’ve become irrelevant? That’s what they’ll be talking about at Monday’s debate to be jointly presented by Designplatform Rotterdam and Premsela, Dutch platform for design and fashion. The theme is the growth and role of international design fairs and award shows. Every city worth its salt (think New York, Istanbul, Helsinki, Kortrijk, Milan, Berlin, Tokyo, Miami and of course Amsterdam, Utrecht and Rotterdam) plucks a week from its city calendar and christens it ‘Design Week’; and of course this coming week Eindhoven will be no exception. I love how the DDW program publicises this event, asking: “Does one need a new appraoch [sic] regarding expectations since the communication value declines?” The question is not a rhetorical one; it’s both daring and ironic because it questions the very relevance of the event at which the debate is being held!

I also wonder how designers build a strategy of where to show when they’re so spoilt for choice? Moderator Lucas Verweij debating with Arjo Klamer, Peter van Kester, Elies Lemkes, Miriam van der Lubbe, Tracy Metz and Marcel Vroom will mull this one over. Should be a good one, and most beneficial if you speak Dutch!

Location: Machinekamer (Strijp-S)
When: Mon 25 October, 18:00 – 22:00
Language: Dutch

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