The Master in Materials Design organizes a new edition of the Material Innovation Talks

26 Oct 23 — 07 Nov 23
Location Elisava (La Rambla, 30-32), Aleix Carrió Room (1st floor)
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Material Innovation Talks

The Master in Design through New Materials proposes a series of conferences with international speakers on physical materials, neo-crafts, applied biomimetics and speculative objects. The conferences are open to the public and will also have an online format, broadcast live streaming from the Aleix Carrió d’Elisava Room.

Amandine David

Thursday, October 26 (5 p.m. – 7 p.m.)

Amandine David is a designer and researcher based in Brussels. In her practice, located between traditional crafts and digital manufacturing, objects appear as material traces to a surrounding process of learning, sharing and collaborating. By working with craftspeople, programmers and architects and foregrounding what is usually considered as context, such as technical know-how, disciplinary traditions and social cultures, Amandine opens up possibilities for multidisciplinary dialogues.  Amandine graduated from Social Design Master at Design Academy Eindhoven (2018) and recently received the Henry Van de Velde Young Talent Award. Amandine is currently teaching at KASK Gent, in the Autonomous Design department.

Arturo Tedeschi

Thursday, October 26 (7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.)

Arturo Tedeschi is an Italian architect and computational designer internationally renowned for his sculptural and visionary approach combined with research on advanced design methods, materials and fabrication technologies. His use of digital technologies blurs the line between disciplines and emphasizes the semantic and emotional values of objects. His work includes: architecture projects, interior design, stage design, automotive, industrial design, jewelry, watches, furniture, fashion, footwear, as well as a significant production of art installations. As a consultant he collaborated with global brands and offices, providing services related to algorithmic modeling, complex geometry, digital fabrication, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and data driven design. He is the author of the book AAD Algorithms-Aided Design unanimously considered the global reference on the subject and since 2011 he promoted and directed several events and workshops that trained a generation of students and professionals.

Jeanette Morren

Tuesday, November 7 (5pm – 7pm)

Jeanette Morren herself explains: “As a child I always had a fascination for the natural world. The choice to do a biology-related study was therefore a very natural one. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, I followed a Master’s in Bio Inspired Innovation at Utrecht University. Throughout my academic journey, I engaged in several research projects, one of which being a material design project aiming to create mushroom-based materials with plastic-like properties. I further specialised in science communication and education.

Since January, I have been working as a project manager at biomimicryNL. Besides providing lectures and workshops, I am involved in biomimicry research projects, I keep our socials up-to-date and develop educational materials about biomimicry for all levels and ages. In this way I hope to bring nature and life closer to innovation and design, in order to contribute to a regenerative future”.

Pleun Van Dijk

Tuesday, November 7 (7:15 p.m. – 9 p.m.)

Pleun Van Dijk is a speculative artist and designer fascinated by the ever-evolving world around her. The exponential speed at which science and technology are developing provides us with new opportunities and confronts us with complex ethical questions. These questions often stay abstract due to the complexity of scientific research papers. The limitations of text and spoken language make it almost impossible to envision the future impact of these inventions and how they could be influenced by the decisions we make today.

In her work, Pleun visualises and translates these futures into tangible speculative scenarios to contribute to the ethical debate. By triggering the viewer’s imagination through multiple senses. Her works show the possible, impossible, utopian and dystopian outcomes of our seemingly insignificant decisions today. Through her artistic research, projects, lectures, and workshops Pleun aims to provide viewers with newfound perspectives that force us to reconsider the now.