Design and Political Activism

How political are today's designers, and how do they use their work in the service of activism? On Monday 10 December, Premsela, the MC Theater and Quinsy Gario organised a public debate on the issue in Amsterdam. Participating will be Léonore Bonaccini and Xavier Fourt of Bureau D’études in France, Zum Zang Dau Dei of Myanmar and Finland-based Alastair Fuad-Luke. All four visited the Netherlands under the auspices of Premsela's International Visitors' Programme. Unfortunately the Egyptian street artist El Teneen could not come anymore. 

Visitors’ Programme gets results
A January 2012 survey found that many International Visitors’ Programme visits had led to new international collaborative projects. Past guests said their visits had resulted in exhibitions, lectures, design purchases and published articles.

About the Visitors' Programme
Each year, in the International Visitors' Programme, Premsela invites foreign professionals to the Netherlands to get better acquainted with Dutch design and fashion and the country’s creative climate. Guests include designers, curators, events organisers, educators, journalists, policymakers, and operators of discussion platforms and websites. The primary aim is to promote an international exchange of knowledge and ideas.

As well as strengthening the international design network, the International Visitors' Programme gives rise to exhibitions and lectures abroad on Dutch design. In 2012, activities focus on design and politics, augmented reality, and agriculture and design. Guests in recent years have included Emory Douglas of the US, curator at MOMA Paola Antonelli from the US, members of Japan’s Pantaloon design agency, Ousseynou Wade of Senegal, Deyan Sudjic of the United Kingdom, Monika Mikušová and Judita Csáderová of Slovakia, Naoko Aono of Japan, and a delegation from India and China.

Guests attend the July 2012 Dutch fashion industry day.
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Visitors' Programme in 2011