All over the world, sound permits or accompanies every kind of communication. It continuously follows us, accompanying our actions like the score of a movie and influencing our emotions. Sound tells us about our origins. It defines who we are and it prophesies change. By controlling the soundscape, it is possible to influence time and reality; to change peoples’ lives. Sound is a major environmental issue.
In his lecture at Fabrica, Francis Kuipers takes his audience on a voyage into the world of sound interspersed with anecdotes about his movie collaborations with Godfrey Reggio, Philip Glass and Abel Ferrara.
Innovating Government / How can design help loose the straightforward path?
Governments are faced with challenges (such as healthcare, climate change, or food) that they are simply not equipped to deal with. Their future viability will depend on our ability to transition them from a modus of administration to one of innovation. This is fundamentally a redesign challenge, but is design ready for it? What kind of design leadership do we need? This is what Marco Steinberg, Director of Strategic Design at the Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra, talks about at Fabrica.
What do hands of Rachmaninoff have in common with the landing on the moon? The lecture at Fabrica titled "Search for Quality" will run through ideas originated in science, philosophy, nature, notion of design and art and examples of experimental works of Rotterdam based designer Tomáš Libertíny.
In his talk at Fabrica, artist, designer and hacker Michael Kontopoulos expounds on the political and emotional motivations, topical concepts and technical methodologies that influence his sculpture and new media practice. In addition to presenting his latest work, Michael discusses how strategies from science fiction can be appropriated in design and the visual arts in order to create a novel and necessary spaces for investigation and critique. In addition, Michael presents how these ideas have manifested in several recent curatorial and organization efforts around Los Angeles with his creative collective, SPECULATIVE.
Debera Johnson, Academic Director of Sustainability at Pratt Institute visits Fabrica to talk about the environmental and social consequences of design. With a focus on clean energy, fashion, design and design consulting, she shows examples of the design driven enterprises supported by the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation, and introduces the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator.