Events that STIRred 2019

A rundown of five events from this year that brought together the best creative minds from across the world and inspired dialogue, debate and change.

by STIRworld Published on : Dec 21, 2019

STIR has always applauded events that garner collective enthusiasm and present thought provoking ideas. And 2019 was abuzz with stimulating happenings from across creative disciplines and around the world. We round up five events, in no particular order, from the realms of art, design and architecture that left an impact and paved the way forward.

1. FRAME CONCLAVE, Goa, India

The Frame Conclave organised by Matter in partnership with H&R Johnson (India) and the Takshila Educational Society was held from August 16–18, 2019 in Goa, India. The theme of the conference was preluded as ‘Modern Heritage’, an oxymoron.

Spread over three days, the conference attempted to create discourse as much as awareness addressed by thinkers, practitioners and critical part-takers such as Peter Scriver, Bijoy Ramachandran and Sanjay Kanvinde, who spoke about the then and now of the modern movement that shaped and continues to define Indian modernity.

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Peter Scriver on ‘India: Modern Architectures in History’ | Events Round up 2019 | STIRworld
Peter Scriver on ‘India: Modern Architectures in History’ Image Credit: © FRAME Conclave 2019; Courtesy - Matter Content Initiative

2. KOCHI DESIGN WEEK, Kerala, India

The Kerala government engaged with the best minds from the industry to put forth a new design agenda at the power-packed event held at Bolgatty Island, Kochi.

The three-day Kochi Design Week (KDW), with STIR as the headline media partner, kicked off in grand style at Bolgatty Island, Kochi, Kerala on December 12, 2019.

The summit, organised by the Electronics and IT Department of Kerala Government in association with bodies such as World Design Organisation (WDO) and Interaction Design Association (IxDA), brought together experts from across the world to discuss global trends in design and architecture and position Kerala as an international hub for design.

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Installations designed by Kissa, a Malabar based organisation for the outdoors at Kochi Design Week 2019 | Events Round up 2019 | STIRworld
Installations designed by Kissa, a Malabar based organisation for the outdoors at Kochi Design Week 2019 Image Credit: Courtesy of Kochi Design Week

3. LUMIERE FESTIVAL, Durham, UK

Lumiere returned to Durham, United Kingdom, with a special 10th anniversary programme, and transformed the streets of the city with its spectacular, dazzling artworks. The festival took place from November 14-17, 2019.

Organised by Artichoke, one of the country’s leading creative companies that is funded by the Arts Council England, the festival featured 37 light-based works in outdoor settings by artists from across the world. The highlights of the Lumiere festival included a magical fogscape, super-sized slinky, and innovative projection onto a tree canopy exploring the connection between geometry and nature.

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CLOUD, Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett; Lumiere Durham 2015, produced by Artichoke| Events Round up 2019 | STIRworld
CLOUD, Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett; Lumiere Durham 2015, produced by Artichoke Image Credit: Matthew Andrews

4. RESHAPE, Barcelona, Spain

Addressing the present and future scenarios of the design world, the Reshape Forum attempted to address a niche field that questions the role of technology in defining new paradigms. The fifth edition of the forum was based on the theme, Cognified Matter.

Reshape, initiated in 2014, has now turned into a one-stop destination to discover new talent, products in the digital, design, product and fashion industries. The focus on digital transformation and its impact on socio-economic models inspired much dialogue and debate this year.

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Walk of Mind designed by Hadar Slassi | Events Round up 2019 | STIRworld
Walk of Mind designed by Hadar Slassi Image Credit: Billy Craigan Toon

5. VENICE BIENNALE, Venice, Italy

The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’, took place from May 11 to November 24, 2019. A host of powerful events and shows were exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2019, including Shilpa Gupta, Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović, with their commanding works of art.

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Gymnasia, directed by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, produced by the National Film Board of Canada Felix & Paul Studios | Events Round up 2019 | STIRworld
Gymnasia, directed by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, produced by the National Film Board of Canada Felix & Paul Studios Image Credit: Camilla Martini
And finally, a bonus event, that we just could not resist including, is none other than:

MATERIOLOGY 1.0, New Delhi, India

STIR presented MATERIOLOGY 1.0: What Happens When Tomorrow Becomes Today? this January where nine designers were asked to pick a material of their choice (the selection ranged from concrete, wood, plastic, ceramic, steel, bamboo, leather, fabric and technology), using which, they created nine unique installations, the experience of which, foretold the future. Packed with a storm of ideas manifesting extraordinary experiences, the works included a room full of illusions, a game of choices predicting life ahead and an immersive installation anticipating a distinct cyber-physical future.

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04 mins watch MATERIOLOGY 1.0 by STIR | Events that STIRred 2019 | STIRworld
MATERIOLOGY 1.0 by STIR Video Credit: Courtesy of STIR

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