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up to and including 25 January 2015

Design Column #9 - Conflicted

Design Column #9 Conflicted shows work by designers who, despite our innermost and worldwide uncertainties, strengthen their grip on things. Their designs ward off the conflict, putting things into perspective with the aid of humour and beauty. Meanwhile the theme will be explored and discussed further on www.designcolumn.nl.

Fear reigns. It seems as if the world’s on fire. There are countless crises all over the world, and never since the Second World War have there been so many refugees. Alongside the many geo-political tensions, the financial system is in need of reform, we are systematically plundering the planet and pandemics are a growing threat. 

The intangibility and complexity of our problems creates fear and a tremendous sense of foreboding and insecurity. The mass media keep us better informed of all the misery than ever before. How can we deal with all this? Until recently we shrugged off fear with a sardonic smile, but now we are increasingly exchanging our post-modern cynicism for informed naivety. Engagement is back: against all the odds we want to build something better again. But after a while every position we take is undermined by what we have learned or by what is happening around us. It is not only the world that is in conflict - we are too.

 

The intangibility and complexity of our problems creates fear and a tremendous sense of foreboding and insecurity. The mass media keep us better informed of all the misery than ever before. How can we deal with all this? Until recently we shrugged off fear with a sardonic smile, but now we are increasingly exchanging our post-modern cynicism for informed naivety. Engagement is back: against all the odds we want to build something better again. But after a while every position we take is undermined by what we have learned or by what is happening around us. It is not only the world that is in conflict - we are too.

Ideas that make a difference

Every three months the Design Column focuses on a news item in the form of a small exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and subsequently at the Droog Gallery in Amsterdam. The column is a place where new ideas are made visible, where the power of imagination is given expression. Designers and artists are especially interested in experimental imagination. With their idiosyncratic vision, they see things differently and are capable of bringing about change. The Design Column creates a space for these innovative concepts.

Special thanks to

The Design Column is made possible with the support of the Creative Industries Fund and the BankGiro Loterij.