Elisava’s projects and conferences in the cycle ‘Imagining the possible’ at Disseny Hub Barcelona

21 Dec 22 — 29 Jan 23
Location Disseny Hub Barcelona (Pl. de las Glorias Catalanas, 37-38, Barcelona)

Five projects by undergraduate students from Elisava and students from Elisava and IAAC’s Master in Design for Emergent Futures participate in the Disseny Hub’s exhibition ‘Imaginar los posibles’, whose aim is to reflect on other ways of doing things.

The exhibition, curated by Laura Malinverni and Cristina Valero, stems from the desire to make visible the potential of art and design as ways of approaching new and complex emerging paradigms and altering our ways of thinking.

These works, created by 24 students from 9 art and design schools from Barcelona, have been selected through an open call and configure a kaleidoscope of possible alternatives for seeing, understanding and doing in the world. Views that critically interrogate the present and seek to find ways beyond the discourses that predict an imminent catastrophe. At the same time, they offer imaginative resources to promote new possible futures.

Sessions on the Influence of Fiction on Research and Education

The exhibition is complemented by the sessions “Imaginar mundos posibles: Potencialidades, límites y fricciones de la ficción especulativa en la investigación y la educación” which will take place on January 19th and 20th in the same place.

In this context, Elisava professors Jessica Fernández, Daniele Porretta and Laura Benítez will be the protagonists of the conference ‘Dystopian fiction as a pedagogical tool’ (Thursday, January 19, 11:30 am), in which they will present their recent article on this field and will explain their research work and how it has been implemented in the programs of the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering and the Master in Industrial Design Engineering of Elisava.

In addition, on January 19 (16:30 h), Oscar Tomico, Head of Studies of the Degree in Industrial Design Engineering, will moderate the round table ‘Imagining other possible. Utopias, design and education’. Tomico is also part of the scientific committee of the talks, which are open to contributions from participants. If you are interested in sharing your ideas during the event, you can send your proposal until December 15th to esbrina@ub.edu.

You can follow the talks in streaming:

Discover Elisava and IAAC projects

These are the Elisava and IAAC projects included in the exhibition:

Slow Lab (2021)

Authors: Gerda Meleschkin, Paula Bustos, Audrey Belliot, Julia Steketee
Schools: IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia / Fab Lab Barcelona / Elisava, School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona

Collective that seeks to raise awareness and promote a resilient lifestyle through social events and the creation of artefacts that integrate ancestral techniques to promote a sustainable way of life with less dependence on high technology.

Prótesis afectiva (2021)

Authors: Enrique Santamaria, Claudia Riera
School: Elisava, School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona

Prosthesis designed to hug terminally ill patients and provide them with human comfort in times of loneliness, thus creating a relationship that transcends the barriers of physical emotion and proposes an alternative type of language in the clinical setting.

Paradise Now (2021)

Author: Claudia Blanes
School: Elisava, School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona

Symbiosis between inhabiting and habitat, an intuitive, inspiring and integrated way of living together with nature. The proposal, which is based on respect for the environment, does not alter the land, but uses the trees as pillars of a habitat held in place by a mesh stretched to high levels.

SK016 (2021)

Authors: Arnau Jalón, Oriol Barlan, Sergi Peguera
School: Elisava, School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona

A speculative design project that minimises the damage provoked by the fashion industry. To achieve this, it proposes a homemade biofabric similar to leather that, through heat, enables the creation of multiple patterns.

Bioborg (2022)

Author: Paula del Río Arteaga
Schools: IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia / Fab Lab Barcelona / Elisava, School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona

Wearable device that encourages humans to reconnect with nature, with symbiotic relationships between humans and other organisms, such as spirulina, playing an everyday role. The device uses human warmth and movement to promote our coexistence with photosynthetic organisms.

‘Imaginar los posibles’ is part of ISEA2022 as an initiative of the CosiCosa association, with the support of the Ajuntament de Barcelona and the collaboration of Disseny Hub, BAU, EINA, Elisava, Escola Massana, ESDAPC, ESDi, Fab Lab Barcelona, IAAC, IED Barcelona, UB and UOC.