Self Unself

Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show 2013

During Dutch Design Week 2013, Design Academy Eindhoven continue it's tradition of showing the thesis projects from students who graduated in December 2012 and June 2013. With the theme of Self Unself, creative director Thomas Widdershoven is asking visitors to explore the tensions that exisits between ‘I’ and ‘we’ in contemporary design. What is role does individualism play for today's designers and how do they value the collective? This year's show will be curated by Jan Konings in direct collaboration with Widdershoven.

The Design Academy Eindhoven graduates are prodimentaly developing socials designs that help society. Some project stand out: Luc van Hoeckels Single Spark offers Ugandan war victims increased independence with a do-it-yourself package to produce things like bread or ointments. Renée Scheepers’ Mapping Cancer Care helps cancer patients by making their treatment more understandable. Willem van Doorn returned to the farm where he grew up to explore the possibilities for generating energy from waste and used materials, and became self-sufficient with Illumination By Digestion. Every design has its own balance between ‘I’ and ‘we’.

Outside of the Design Academy Eindhoven, Thomas Widdershoven has also come across designs matching the theme Self Unself. “I want to research it within the museological context of the Van Abbe Museum. I am showing Hella Jongerius' KLM project, because it's the first time sees vetured otuside of culture. I am curious to find out how much of herself she sacrifices and how much of herself she is able to retain when working with a client who has such a strong identity.”

This year all visitors will be offered a package deal in the form of a Dutch Design Week Future Now! Passepartout. This ticket gives you entrance to: Designhuis, Klokgebouw, Dutch Design Awards Expo, Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show and the Vanabbe Museum. The price of a normal passepartout is €15,-. You can buy your passepartout at all five venues, or online via Dutch Design Week.

Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Schedule:
Opening Saturday 19 October 2013: 11:00
Saturday 19 until Wednesday 23 October: 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October: 11:00 - 22:00
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October: 11:00 - 18:00

Van Abbemuseum Schedule:
Opening Saturday 19 October 2013: 16:00
Saturday 19 until Sunday 27 October: 11:00 - 18:00
Regular opening hours after Dutch Design Week

Children up to 12 years: Free entrance
Children from 12 to 18 + students on presentation of a student card: €7,50
All other visitors: Future Now! Passepartout: € 15,00