Bengaluru ByDesign 2019 transforms the city with public installations, interactive shows and more
Bangalore: Bengaluru ByDesign opened its second edition to the public with an exciting array of public installations, exhibitions, talks, workshops and interactive experiences transforming the city.
The festival celebrates creativity, encourage design thinking and is exploring the innovations in design today whilst also functioning as a platform for global creative dialogue, featuring strong participation from design professionals from across the world.
The 10-day festival will be open to the public until 24 November.
The festival is spread across 10 venues in Bengaluru this year including key landmarks like Bangalore International Centre, Titan Campus, Electronic City, National Gallery of Modern Arts, Bengaluru, Workbench Projects, Ulsoor, CoWorks, Residency Road amongst others.
This year, the programming offers visitors a wide spectrum of public installations, exhibitions, each considering a distinct tenet of artistic design practice. Visitors are exposed to international artists furthering the festival’s objective of promoting cross-cultural exchange and fostering global dialogue via the arts.
The programming also responds to conversations within global design industry focusing on its importance in technology, evolving the dialogue on creative practices, and policy within the wider design community via panel discussions and workshops, whilst also addressing key issues and concerns in India’s society.
"Everything we design and everything we produce resonates. Each idea we generate has the power to transform our lives and create new experiences. The second edition of Bengaluru ByDesign showcases an interaction between various fields and propagates education and community building. I hope you will also experience what is on offer and be part of this interaction”. - Mithika Gaekwad, Co-Founder, Bengaluru ByDesign.
The 10-day programme commenced with the preview of key public art installations at the Bangalore International Centre including Our Colour Reflections by Liz West who responded site-specifically to the architecture in which rays of light beamed through seven prisms made from special colour filter glass in collaboration with Asian Paints & the British Council.
Loo Cafe X Water Loop by Jane Withers & Anupama Kundoo in collaboration with the British Council, India, is a sustainable sanitation project showcasing a new model for public toilets that celebrates water and ecological systems.
Vivid Books by Vitek Skop is an interactive installation using the interactive textbook where students will learn about physics topics through augmented reality.
Taburette Towers by Jakub Szczesny binds architectural tooling and design practice to create a community-building project focusing on the notion that ‘Design is for everybody’ where the installation will play two roles - one of an ephemeral object built on purpose of a design venue and another one of simple stools that will be distributed to the public from across classes after the Festival ends.
Garbage Dreams by Mariel Manuel & JD Institute creates a dialogue to reflect on the city, nature and pay heed to the wastage that consumers leave behind where students used design as a medium to create new textiles and provide value-added purpose by incorporating materials that varied in colour, texture, make and feel.
The sculptures are suspended and lack body in order to lay emphasis solely on the textures of the materials, which provides a reflection on the environment and colours around.
John Gollings’ retrospective titled History of The Built World is one of the exhibitions that opened today.
Intimate Etre by Magali Couffon de Trevros at DDIR Architecture Studio, Shantinagar will be on view until 16 December 2019 which seeks to embrace the idea of humans as individuals, transcending labels, typecasts and prejudices.
Through a twelve-part portrait series that was captured in the homes of the subjects themselves, Magali tells a story of each one, through the play of colour and light, creating striking contrasts and capturing moments of an uninhibited every day.
Eye On Poland. New Graphic Design, curated by Magdalena Frankowska and Artur Frankowski in collaboration with The Polish Institut, Delhi is on view from the 18-30 November.
This exhibition will be hosted by Titan Campus, Electronic City and take the viewer on a voyage through a wide range of styles, attitudes and design strategies reflecting the richness of the current Polish graphic design scene.
The works selected are primarily posters, books, exhibition catalogues and album covers. Museum of Everything curated by Sarayu Hegde will showcase the extremes of design continuum through an interplay of Maximalist & Minimalist aesthetics as expressed through fashion at Kafnu Road on 20 & 21 November.
The festival also included the fourth edition of DesignUp who started their two-day conference at Lalit Ashok that explored the integration of design and technology and aims to raise the design agenda within tech-companies and tech-led businesses.
Some of the key speakers include Jon Kolko, Partner, Modernist Studio/Founder, Austin Center for Design, Eric Quint - VP and Chief Design Officer, 3M, Simone Rebaudengo, Founder Automato.farm Shanghai, teacher/filmmaker, Devika Krishnan, Design for Sustainable Futures & Social Commerce, Payal Arora, Researcher, Digital Anthropologist, Author, Professor, Erasmus Univ Rotterdam, Scott Sorokin, SVP, Global Head of Infosys Experience Design (Infosys XD), Ovetta Sampson, Design lead and Researcher IDEO Chicago, Andy Budd, Founder/Director ClearLeft, Founder/Curator Ux London & Leading Design, Alysha Naples, Chief Experience Officer, Tin Drum.
Bengaluru ByDesign presented an installation Vivid Books by Vitek Skop along with an immersive installation and experience zone by Pearl Academy at this Lalit Ashok.
“Design is a key pillar at Titan Company Limited and we are happy to be associated with the ‘Bengaluru ByDesign’s initiative for the second year in a row. We are looking forward to generating excitement and conversations around design and increase sensitivity to Design amongst Bengulurians". - Revathi Kant, Chief Design Officer, Titan Company Limited.
"William Grant & Sons is extremely excited to bring alive the playfulness of Monkey Shoulder, and a delightfully peculiar Gin experience with Hendrick's, at Bengaluru By Design's official opening preview. As with the pathbreaking design work showcased at BBD, our brands look to disrupt convention and challenge the norm through the experience we deliver at the event." Payal Nijhawan, Head of Marketing, William Grant & Sons.
The festival is in collaboration with Titan, Asian Paints, CoWrks, Total Environment, Trojan Plywood, Anant National University, Pearl Academy, JD Institute, Workbench Projects, Australian Consulate-General, Chennai, Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, The British Council, The Polish Institute Delhi, NGMA Bengaluru, DesignUp, Hendricks and Monkey Shoulder.
The festival believes in engaging with the public to create awareness about various upcoming design technology and forms and aims to achieve it through their detailed programming of public workshops and talks. There are still many exciting events, talks, workshops, pop-ups etc that will take place in the coming week as a part of the festival.
Once again, Design will take centre stage at the Titan Campus, Electronic City as a part of Design Day At Titan on 19 November, focusing on The Future of Making featuring thought-provoking conversations and presentations materiality, designing in turbulent times, crafting futures etc.
British designers Kate Pelen curator and creative producer of Central St Martins, UK & Lucy Sanderson, Karthik Vaidyanathan, Founder, Varnam, Malika Verma Kashyap, Founder, Border & Fall are amongst the stellar line-up.
The festival, in collaboration with Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) & Workbench Projects, is currently hosting various workshops including POP-ARC which introduces students to the process of making physical objects using digital design and fabrication tools.
Participants will learn how tools such as CNC machines, 3D printers and Industrial Robots are applied to fields ranging from design to sci-fi films. The work produced during POP-Arc will be exhibited at Bengaluru International Centre.
Other workshops include Design Thinking, a masterclass by Andy Budd in collaboration with DesignUp on how to solve complex business problems using the power of design. Fashion & Sustainability Workshops on Maximalism vs Minimalism by Swiss Designer Marial Manual will be held at the JD Institute of Fashion Technology.
Visitors will also learn the craft of Wire Weaving, Rocketry, Furniture Design Carpentry Basics building rockets prototypes and interdisciplinary workshops exploring the future of fashion, speculative design by Pearl Academy amongst others.
D:Talks also returns with bigger and compelling content this that will explore topics including Mobility Design in Cities through data-driven insights, The State of Indian Homes - a panel discussion on findings from Asian Paints’ research study into the way Indian homes are designed, trends in the decor and design industry and what its tells about how people live.
Key speakers include Vinithra Amarnath, Dilip Shankar, Manju Sara Rajan and Srikanth SK.
Culture Makes Design aims to talk about the new practices in design in determining culture in its broadest sense is cultivated behaviour; that is the totality of a person's learned, accumulated experience which is socially transmitted, or more briefly, behaviour through social learning.
The Future of Architecture talks by speakers including Dominic Dube, DDIR, Nisha & Sumitro Mathew, Mathew & Ghosh, Bijoy Ramachandran, Hundredhands and Jakub Szczesny. The festival will also organise talks and workshops with international designers at Anant National University, Ahmedabad.
Bengaluru ByDesign is a festival to celebrate creativity, encourage design thinking and explore the innovations in design today. We are setting out to demystify design and make it more accessible to the public with our extensive program.
From large-scale installations to intimate pop-ups, we are infusing Bengaluru with design, for a period of 10 days to get conversations rolling.
Local arts and global traditions, modern innovations and reconstructed classics, the exemplary and every day, Bengaluru ByDesign is bringing everything design, together. Everybody is invited to be a part of our immersive experience and look at the world through the lens of design.
A design enthusiast, curator & historian, Suprita Moorthy is an arts aficionado with a deep-rooted passion for culture, design and contemporary art. After pursuing post-graduate in arts administration and cultural management from University of New South Wales, Australia she has worked with organizations like Sotheby’s Australia, The Victoria & Albert Museum (Theatre Museum) and Art Dubai for over a decade.
Suprita has worked on several private art collections in London and Dubai and added to the Daniel Birnbaum 53rd Venice Biennale, The Indian Highway exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, UK, India Design Forum and many other international projects.
She has received the Dr Gene Sherman Award for her exceptional curatorial work. Suprita is also the Director/CEO of the Kochi Biennale Foundation and spends her time between Kochi and Bengaluru.
Bengaluru ByDesign 2019 is on for public view until 24 November 2019.