Dates: 12th – 22th May 2022 r.
Adress: Art_Inkubator in Fabryka Sztuki, 3 Tymienieckiego Str., Lodz.
Until quite recently, we all stood a good chance of reaching a ripe old age. Now, our future has become very uncertain.
However, this does not absolve us of the obligation to work with a forward view; it is not only therapeutic but also professional... Society must begin to prepare for the political, economic and demographic changes underway.
Students from three Central European universities have taken part in the "Long Life" project to show that design, art and architecture can help find possible solutions in different areas of the phenomenon of aging. Some of their ideas are practical and feasible, others are visions provoking further thinking.
Young designers have approached the topic from very different and sometimes surprising perspectives, ranging from more inclusive UX design of smartphones to very stylish yet highly functional furniture, from clever therapeutic aids to the tongue-in-cheek management of one’s online presence.
Six main areas of interest have arisen in the process to which each of the work relates: 1. self-sufficiency and independence, 2. new or better-designed medical equipment, 3. overcoming loneliness and support of intergenerational dialogue, 4. ways of keeping memories and sharing experience and knowledge, 5. de-stigmatization of design for senior citizens. All those are supplemented by the pervading concern for our planet, the awareness of limited sources and endangered ecosystems.
Design has the power and responsibility to facilitate change in our approach. And young designers are proving to be acutely aware of it.
Curator: doc. PhDr. Miroslav Zelinsky, CSc.