This year's DMY Berlin 2010 design festival was more exciting than ever. Not only because of its new venue at the Tempelhof airport but even more because of the involvement of the audience within the design process. Unlike staring at shiny products, this year was more about getting our hands dirty. Check out our first impressions of this year's creative boom taking place during the start of a great summer!
The design festival's visitors are welcomed by an experimental sculpture made of some 700 (!) roles of tape. Especially children and childlike visitors enjoyed the at-own-risk accessible tape installation by the the Austro-Croatian design duo For use / numen.
Many products are showcased with information about the "making of". For instance, Studio Hausen in Process presents a foam honey-comb and steel tube chairs combined with trial-and-error experiments of working with new technologies such as hydro forming of metal tubes.
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At the maker lab people make their own products and even materials. 3D printers, rapid prototyping equipment, daily workshops and endless building bricks from Albinoplast turn this area into a do-it-yourself playground during the four-day design festival.
The FIDU (Free Inside Pressure Forming) process, has been developed by Oskar Zieta and Philipp Dohmen at ETH Zurich. Laser-cut sheet steel are welded and inflated with air-pressure. The Tempelhof airport is the perfect place for the "blown-up" chairs, sculptures and fresh experiments of an ongoing research.
'Eight handsome Dutch boys' (as the announcement says) are inviting all visitors for a game of mini-golf. A more than challenging wooden golf tracks and architectural icons such as Berlin's Fernsehturm, "Alex" for tourists, make the La Bolleur golf track a great happening.
Additional to the central exhibition, DMY Berlin 2010 also offers an 'EXTENDED program' for those who are not afraid to hit the streets of Berlin. Festival flags mark the satellite exhibitions such as the S.W.W.S.W., a concept store with sustainable objects (weapons?) for all ages.
The fun continues at the Panatom Gallery at the Materials Utopia exhibition. Curious visitors are invited to design their own chewing gum sculpture. The orange colored laboratory offers food colors, metallic pigments and Chicza organic chewing gum.
THE ART OF CONVERSATION
Walking into the next people crowd we find ourselves at The Art Of Conversation exhibition which presents a three-months dialogue between design studios in Berlin and London. A sequence of 20 conversations over Skype resulted in a range of surprising objects. Check out the website for all conversations!
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.