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Multidisciplinary at DesignTO

Interested in multidisciplinary practices? If you haven’t checked out our DesignTO Festival Schedule yet, head to our website to find out what’s in store for 2019! This will be our biggest festival yet and with just 10 days to see it all now is the perfect time to start planning ahead. With that in mind we’ve put together a list of some of the most interesting multidisciplinary events, exhibitions and installations to see at this year’s festival!

Still Moving
As our smartphones present us with images of a more beautiful and desirable life, ‘Still Moving’ reminds us how life can be seen from multiple perspectives.

Through a calming optical illusion revealed only by your smartphone camera, this kinetic installation asks: Do you trust everything you see? The hypnotic animation invites you to observe two realities simultaneously, acting as a reminder to practice objectivity when looking at curated snapshots of life through the filter of technology.

Inspired by 1960s optical art and the psychology of visual interpretation, the artist aims to start a conversation around the importance of being mindful. While many of us struggle to use our devices less, ‘Still Moving’ uses technology to inspire curiosity and question whether what we see is actually what we get.

Window Installation | January 18-27, 2019

Elbow Room
‘Elbow Room’ is an exhibition featuring prototypes by 14 independent furniture makers and designers who are connected by a mutual devotion to quality of craft. The group shares a common interest in exploring the broad grey area where principles of craft, art and design operate in tandem with each other. This exhibition invites the collective to turn to the body for inspiration, a practice deeply rooted in art and craft tradition.

Exhibition | January 18-27, 2019
Opening Reception | January 19 | 6pm-10pm
Artist Talk | January 26 | 1pm-3pm

For in For Loop
The installation showcases a computer generated series of silkscreen prints: each is a variation of a grid or, speaking in programming terms, each was created by using a for loop inside a for loop and then hand-printed in four layers. The involvement of programming in the process of creation made it possible to achieve intricate and sophisticated shapes and patterns, while screen printing added a human touch and tactility to designs originally generated by a strict set of rules.

Window Installation | January 18-27, 2019

Surface Tension
Exploring the theme of water from material, aesthetic, cultural, political, poetic, and ecological perspectives, ‘Surface Tension’ seeks to engage a range of topics integral to thinking about water in its broadest senses. These include habitat, climate change, waste, value, survival, access, place, and beauty, expressed in film and video, sculpture, installation, functional objects, and photography. The exhibition asks how the attributes of, and tensions within, water manifest within contemporary culture as both a physical substance and salient topic.

Exhibition | January 18-March 3, 2019
Opening Reception | January 25 | 7pm-10pm

Setting up a home is an essential human experience, and includes traditions and customs that vary across different cultures, times and locations. With the movement of people across the globe, including growing urban centres and transitions to new countries, the establishment of new homes happens every day. Part of this process is defining the spaces we inhabit through the objects that we use. Housewarming explores these objects through examining what it means for an object to be both useful and meaningful, and how they can contribute to the many possible experiences of home.

Exhibition | January 19-March 2, 2019
Opening Reception | January 24 | 6pm-9pm

Click here to check out other 2019 DesignTO landscape design events, exhibitions, and installations.