Dutch Design Week (DDW) is just over a month away. One of the exhibitions, Manifestations 2018, will delve into the relationship between man and technology. From 20 to 28 October, during the 17th edition of DDW, the Veemgebouw in Strijp S, Eindhoven, will host this exhibition.
Humans and technology are becoming inextricably linked to each other in an increasing number of ways. We use it in our homes, our means of communication, and sometimes, even our bodies. There is no denying that we, as humans, are shaped by the technology we develop. What role do we want technology to play? This is what Manifestations will represent. Here, works from more than 50 artists and designers will be on show. The ‘matches’ and ‘mismatches’ between humankind and technology will be displayed.
The Future: We are in it together
Manifestations does not showcase the latest technological gadgets. Artists whose works will be displayed here, explore the interconnection between people and technology. For example, one of the displays is entitled ‘The Parasitic Humanity’. Here, garments of self-growing crystals show how artificial and natural materials react to each other, their environment, and those who wear them.
Manifestations curator, Viola van Alphen, believes technology should be nicer and more humane. “During Manifestations, we will look at technology, and the influence it has on us, from various perspectives. Tech experts, artists, designers, but, in particular visitors, can come face-to-face with the latest high-tech innovations”, she explains. The works being displayed this year are all characterized by a human dimension. Viola says, “Together, we can decide what this ‘human dimension’ actually means.”
Lots to see and do
After two successful editions, Manifestations will, once again, fill the 9th floor of the Veemgebouw with robots, e-fashion and wearables, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence. The best works of recently graduated Dutch art academy students will be displayed under the ‘Young Talents’ banner. There will be a futuristic handbag, 3D printed clothes, and so much more. There will also be workshops for children, lectures, performances, and meet-ups.