UNITED DIVERSITY – Graduation Exhibition 2019 at DSKD, Denmark
Design School Kolding, Denmark
Exhibition open June 28 – September 29, 2019
• Can we take it seriously if we say, ”shit, that’s a good idea?” YES! At least if the project is one that helps those 13,000 children (and many, many adults) who every year enter the healthcare system because they struggle with socially disabling abnormal defecation.
• Or can we learn to see the beauty and potential in used packaging, old coffee filters or perhaps cut-off hair? YES, says Danish Design Award winner Maria Viftrup, who organises sensuous workshops about sorting waste.
• Can sick children become more confident in their own bodies through play? Of course, says Daniel Salazar. He is one of the first students to graduate from the world’s only design for play programme, and he has translated body impulses into music and visualisations.
These three examples represent a small glimpse of this year’s MA projects at Design School Kolding. Under the headline UD – United Diversity, they are shown at the Museum at Koldinghus.
For the occasion, one of the large halls at the Museum at Koldinghus has been turned into a hybrid of different sports fields, where the young design talents express themselves, staying within and sometimes crossing the lines. In the centrally placed players’ tunnel, visitors can meet the designers and hear about their ambitions for the future in short films supplemented with statements and autographs. The over 50 graduation projects from the school’s six study programmes are presented on the field around the players’ tunnel.
The playful element of the exhibition is inspired by the school’s new master’s programme, Design for Play, which releases its first class of play designers this year. In 2017, we launched the world’s first MA programme in Design for Play in collaboration with The LEGO Group and The LEGO Foundation, and now we welcome the first class of graduates.
The presentation includes another first, as this year sees the first class of accessory designers graduate from Design School Kolding. They work with wearable accessories that may serve both a practical purpose and the purpose of expressing the wearer’s identity: shoes, bags, jewellery and wearables that combine welfare technology with jewellery design.
Alongside the play and accessory designers, the exhibition presents the new design graduates from the familiar programmes: Fashion Design, Textile Design, Industrial Design and Communication Design.
The class of 2019 shows great diversity with regard to cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, project types and design fields, but they graduate as a team – full of drive and constructive perspectives on a world that is calling for new solutions.
Time and place
The exhibition is open 28 June – 29 September 2019 at the Museum at Koldinghus.
The exhibition has received support from Augustinus Fonden Den Faberske Fond, Tage Vanggaard og Hustrus Fond, Krogager Fonden, Municipality of Kolding.