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Up Close & Personal | Design United

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Up Close & Personal - Design United

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The Up Close & Personal exhibition is organised by Design United, the 4TU research centre of design, with representatives who work at the universities of technology in the Netherlands: University of Twente, TU Delft, Wagingen University and Eindhoven University of Technology. In Up Close & Personal 2021, we communicate state-of-the-art design research to illustrate, reflect and criticise the role of design in society. Participating projects will give meaning to the following five themes:

Entangled Ecologies

Designers, processes and the products they produce originate and function within natural, social and technological ecologies. Modern designs are not single entities, they are always connected and entangled. This challenges designers to identify interdependencies within and across worldly phenomena and find ways to address them together. A key role in this theme is played by the material of design: from living organic materials to digital and speculative materials, we show how they create new entanglements and lead to unforeseen results. Read the eMagazine

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Connected Interactions

A consequence of this entanglement is that interactions have a local and global character and consequence. Connected interactions bring home the idea that interacting with something in a particular time and place transcends it, impacting other concurrent interactions.

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Changing Things

Many ‘things’ that designers envision and make are no longer singular but plural: things with multiple identities and material substrates. Organic living material combined with digital material, assemblages of human and artificial intelligences, blends of machines and meanings. How does this plurality challenge our perceptions of things and which tools and techniques do designers have at their disposal to craft them?   

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Embedded Designers

How are designers embedded in the ecologies in which they design and intend to transform? Their mere presence is not neutral. How do they choose their position? How do they deal with situations in which they find themselves, and how do they enable change: from within or from the outside, as humble catalysts, or as an outspoken activist?

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Evolving Methodologies

Design as a discipline is evolving and so are the collective methods, tools, and techniques that constitute it. How can design become a more mature field of research and practice, while facing increasingly complex challenges that require its methodologies to continuously and rapidly evolve? How can design collaborate with other disciplines in cross-domain problem spaces, while maintaining its own identity? And what roles are emerging for designers, to integrate different forms of knowing and to intervene in contested issues?

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Exhibition at Klokgebouw | 16-24 October

You are cordially invited to visit our physical Up Close & Personal exhibition where 13 top design research projects of the four Dutch technical universities are presented. You can find the physical exhibition inside the Klokgebouw.

Talkshows | 18-22 October | 15:00-16:00

  • Timetable live streams

    Date

    Time

    Associated Theme

    Monday, 18 October

    15:00-16:00

    Entangled Ecologies

    Tuesday, 19 October 

    15:00-16:00

    Connected Interactions

    Wednesday, 20 October

    15:00-16:00

    Changing Things

    Thursday, 21 October

    15:00-16:00

    Embedded Designers

    Friday, 22 October

    15:00-16:00

    Evolving Methodologie

  • Joining the audience live
    • Registration: Would you like to be part of the audience during the talkshows? Subscribe before 18th October
    • Location: De Effenaar, Dommelstraat 2,  Eindhoven
    • Please note:
      • Corona check required; visitors living outside the Netherlands should add their test results to the corona QR code
      • Embedded Designers will be prerecorded. Please check the timetable on top of the register form.
  • Curators, projects & guests

    Host: Isolde Hallensleben

eMagazine | 2021

View the online magazine to check out the top 35 projects by Design United researchers and students, to read the columns and to have your say via the polls.

Overview participants UT

Several participants of Up Close & Personal will be representing the University of Twente. Find them under each of the subthemes via the slideshow below where you can also see whether they will be present at the physical exhibition in Klokgebouw, as part of the eMagazine, and/or if they will take part in a livestreamed talkshow.