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German Design Graduates

Making Noise: Suggestions for a Complex World

German Design Graduates — © photo: Mirja Zentgraf

The exhibition introduces 25 young designers working towards the transformation to a more compatible, just and sustainable society for people and the environment.

‘Making Noise’ presents projects by recent graduates from various German design schools

Richly diverse in approach, the projects encompass a range of designs from critical ideas and theoretical proposals to functional concepts and practical solutions. They are all situated within the current conditions of a world in transformation, which they reflect on, critically analyze and respond to. While some projects appear at first sight to present merely a single, isolated solution, they all acknowledge the complexity and interrelatedness of the conditions surrounding them.

Premises describing attitudes and attempts to transform the world

In this exhibition, the works on display are conceived of as premises describing attitudes and attempts to transform the world. Some define the situation as a crisis demanding revision and change, others promote activism, rituals or community engagement, still others redefine the relationship to the non-human world or reconsider material as matter rather than exploitable resource or engage in world-building. Importantly, these approaches do not contradict but overlap and complement one another. We understand these connections as valuable starting points for allowing each project to expand.

Curated by Amelie Klein and Jana Scholze

The projects were selected by the independant and international curators Jana scholze and Amelie Klein. Jana Scholze is design curator and Associate Professor at the Kingston School of Art in London heading the MA Curating Contemporary Design in partnership with the Design Museum. Amelie Klein works as an independent design curator, writer and critic. Most recently, she opened "Heimaten – An Exhibition and Survey" at Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G) and co-curated the first iteration of the Design Campus School at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Dresden dedicated to design and democracy.

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About German Design Council

The German Design Council has served as the leading international centre of excellence for communication and knowledge exchange in the fields of design, brand, and innovation since 1953. It is a part of the global design community with its international services, support for young talents, and memberships, and has always contributed to establishing communication and networks worldwide in the form of events, conferences, awards, jury meetings, expert panels and promotes discourse.
German Design Graduates — © photo: Jakob Börner