Feed. Nuturing life through design.

Feed is an exhibition based on the idea that design can nurture life, is bringing young Turkish creatives in an intersection of art, architecture, design, and technology. Curated by Bilgen Coşkun and Dilek Öztürk of IN-BETWEEN, the exhibition is structured around three themes which are vital in today's design discourse; local to global, creative use of space and upcycling. The exhibition will take place at Brussels Design September between 6-30 September 2018, with the immersive works of DAY Studio, Ömer Pekin, and Pınar Akkurt.

Design is inextricably linked to every aspect of our lives, therefore, we believe that the quality of that design profoundly affects our quality of life. With society‘s every great leap forward, designers must fulfill an increasingly varied range of roles—especially now, as centuries of experience are being rethought in relation to disruption.

As designer and educator Victor Papanek foresaw in 1971, ―the design of any product unrelated to its sociological, psychological, or ecological surroundings is no longer possible or acceptable. Although we are indeed witnessing much innovation, it is also a challenging time for designers, faced as they are with problems including climate change and the lack of natural resources.

The idea of the exhibition is concretising the relations between man-made nature and nature itself through creative disciplines. We cut our relationship with nature as soon as the industrial production started under the name of a revolution. Today we try to re-bridge our bonds with nature, using the tools which cut that relation in the previous century.

Can designers nurture the nature through design? For Papanek, designers are the most dangerous breed for nature by choosing materials and processes that pollute the air we breathe and by creating whole new species of permanent garbage to clutter up the landscape. But he also believes that an ecological worldview could change the design.

Today, it is in need of new typologies for presenting the design as designers all over the world play a crucial role in the reconfiguration of ways of sustainable ecosystems. There must be a greater concern for and a deeper understanding of nature, and this will be a holistic approach to design.

The exhibition structured around three themes which are vital in today's design discourse; upcycling, bringing the local reference together with global design language and creative use of limited space in urban surroundings. The exhibition showcases the three selected young Turkish design studios which also present the vibrant design scene of Turkey in the global context by combining the local heritage with the references of contemporary design discourse.

These three selected Turkish design studios are coming from diverse fields; founders of Day Studio Doğanberk Demir and Yeşim Eröktem are product designers, Ömer Pekin is an architect, Pınar Akkurt is an artist and designer. Through a wide array of transdisciplinary practices, the exhibition provides an in-depth look into Turkish design context in which designers capture their views on society through the subject matter they explore, the medium and tools they employ as well as the aesthetics they manifest.

Founded by Doğanberk Demir and Yeşim Eröktem, DAY Studio fuse design with a contemporary approach to create simple and functional everyday objects. Believing that the local design references and making-techniques enrich the global design discussion and increase users' life quality, DAY Studio’s work is a perfect example of local to global as they translate the natural form into crafted geometry by taking references from İstanbul's rich crafts culture.

Ömer Pekin’s work creates a unique form of visual practice that evolves between art and architecture under the theme of the creative use of space. In the urban cities, we face with the problem of lack of space and unemployed buildings waiting for a re-use simultaneously which makes the creative use of space more vital. With his holistic approach to space, he creates immersive environments to explore digitally enhanced architectural compositions as art through utilization of emergent systems and computational algorithms.

Pınar Akkurt, a.k.a. Pınarita is an artist, designer and maker focused on installations by creating new shapes and forms out of everyday objects. Her works represent the aspects of upcycling through transforming waste materials, useless or unwanted materials into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. The future demands a transition to a world in which materials can be used and reused at their highest potential. She redefines sustainability by using less natural resources and re-use of existing materials which is a crucial point for the environmental and human well-being.

The exhibition aims to suggest new critical strategies focusing on the creation and expression of three themes that are not only considered valuable in the global design world but also to get a glimpse into the minds and practices of selected Turkish designers. In this way, it is an exploration of the alternative ways of survival through design.

The exhibition conceptualised and curated by IN-BETWEEN. Founded by Bilgen Coşkun and Dilek Öztürk, IN-BETWEEN is a collective initiative that grows from urban life and profiles, organisations, ideas of the cities - as well as its social and cultural environment.

This exhibition is realised with valuable contributions of Turkish Airlines.
The venue is sponsored by Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the European Union.