Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fwd: Invitation - Design exhibition - "New Olds"



new olds

Design between Tradition and Innovation

An exhibition of IfA (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart, Germany)

Opening: Tuesday, January 24, 4.00 pm

On view until February 24



NID-Design Gallery

National Institute of Design

Paldi, Ahmedabad - 380 007


Bookshelves made of books, bulky cupboards with no space inside, soft, foamy rustic furniture and classics made of carbon fiber: Redesign and ready-made furniture, traditional workmanship using new materials and the transformation of design classics are the themes of the 'new olds' exhibition. This exhibition focuses on how tradition is evaluated in the different countries and cultures and what is done with it.

Design has had a short but very successful history in the Western world and has quickly become an established element in the collective understanding of culture. And it is gaining significance outside the Western hemisphere, too. Successful ideas are copied and varied, but such "innovations" often derive from a historical vocabulary of forms and thus constitute independent forms that are characteristic of a country or culture. The exhibition new olds showcases 58 objects showing design between tradition and innovation. In all, 45 designers and groups of designers who work mainly in Germany, other European countries and the USA have reached some surprising results.

The connection to local discourse supports the dialogue character of new olds: Indian designers are invited to contribute to this IfA exhibition, and a blog is documenting the work additionally presented during the tour, which is also a platform for continuing the discourse and exchanging thought processes between the different countries and continents of the whole tour.

New olds is one of a series of design exhibitions that IfA has been presenting to an increasingly international audience to great acclaim since 1998. The aim of these exhibitions is to address interdisciplinary subjects relating to contemporary German and European design presenting different positions and lines of thought.

The participating Indian artists are Errol Pires, Rajiv Jassal and Bikram Mittra.



 Claudia Wörndle


Project Executive Ahmedabad
"Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities"


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