German Design Graduates @ Dutch Design Week

21.10 – 29.10.2023

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Making Noise: Suggestions for a Complex World
Graduates attitudes and attempts towards the transformation of the world

‘Making Noise’ presents 25 projects by recent graduates from various German Design schools. Rich in diversity of approach, they cover a range of designs from critical ideas to functional concepts, theoretical proposals to practical solutions. They all situate themselves within the current conditions of a world in transformation which they reflect upon, critique and respond to. While some projects seem to present a single solution, they all acknowledge the complexity and interrelatedness of the conditions they are surrounded with.

This exhibition understands the works on display as premises describing attitudes and attempts towards the transformation of the world. Some define the situation as a crisis demanding revision and change; others promote activism, rituals or community engagement; others redefine the relationship to the non-human world or reconsider material as matter not exploitable resource or engage in world-building. Importantly, these approaches are not opposites but overlap and complement each other. We understand these connections as valuable starting points allowing each project to expand.

To encourage ideas, discussions and hopefully even collaboration for these expansions, the exhibition makes the connections visible. An incomplete list of terms – our glossary for design conversations – provides possible contexts for understanding the impact and potential of the works on display. But the terms are not fixed to specific projects. We invite the designers and visitors to exchange, add or remove terms to a project which will allow new contexts to appear, possibly challenge its current form and motivate directions for development.

Different projects will have the same term indicating connections which might not always be obvious because of focus, ambition or approach. To test these connections, the designers have invited guests to discuss their work in the context of the 25 projects on display. You are invited to join them!

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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Amelie Klein

Jana Scholze

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Katharina Mludek

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle

Founding an Interspecies Design Studio
Esther Kaya Stögerer & Jannis Kempkens

Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

C.O.W. – Circular Organic Waste
Björn Naumann & Karl Anton Schinkel

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle

Supportive Learning About Cardiogenesis Using Virtual RealityMarie Hutabarat

Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal

Designed to Die
Janek Beau

Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen

FRIDIs Toolkit
Thien Thanh Vo

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden

Hannah Friederike Fischer

Fachhochschule Potsdam

Marla Gaiser

Universität der Künste Berlin

Celina Bauer

Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg

Felix Stockhausen

Bauhaus Universität Weimar

Anna Unterstab

Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg

“How political are the police?”
Anna Schneider

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden

Konstantin Goertz

Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim

Agency for Unseen Sights
Esmée Willemsen

Universität der Künste Berlin

Link the System
Theresa Schwaiger

Universität der Künste Berlin

Caterina Plenzick

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle

Lea Mader

Folkwang Universität der Künste Essen

Julia Kubitzki

Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel

Juliane Kühr

Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar

Inclusive Productdesign
Marvin Fonfara

Bauhaus Universität Weimar

The Essence of Biocement
Friedrich Gerlach & Julia Huhnholz

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Gabriel Wellenzohn

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin

Toxic Legacies
Leila Wallisser

Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

Lena Vogel

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Green Shade
Jan Lindstedt

Fachhochschule Potsdam

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