Committed to providing experiences related to design culture through partnerships with international museums and organisations, Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) and Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) (Lee Wai Lee), member institutions of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), are delighted to present three exciting exhibitions for 2018. Bringing together world-class visionaries and innovators, HKDI Gallery has curated a programme that crosses various design disciplines, from multimedia and interaction design to landscape architecture and urban development, costume design and art direction.
The exhibition will be rolled out in early October, starting with Interactive and Playful—Swiss Design from Zurich University of the Arts, which will take place from 6 October 2018 to 27 January 2019.
Interactive and Playful—Swiss Design from Zurich University of the Arts is a celebration of the partnership between HKDI and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). To be held at the Experience Centre of HKDI, this exhibition showcases a selection of distinctive bachelor's, master's and research projects from the seven subject areas offered by the design school, namely Cast/Audiovisual Media; Game Design; Industrial Design; Interaction Design; Knowledge Visualisation; Trends & Identity; and Visual Communication. The projects reflect the notion of design, how design is understood and taught today, and how this knowledge can contribute to social and technological innovations.
Addressing experiences, emotions and senses, ZHdK students demonstrate a breakthrough of design from merely being physical objects and spaces. Through this multimedia exhibition, visitors will be surrounded by immersive media and interactive intelligent objects that transcend purely technical functions or fashionable qualities, as design was once perceived to be.
Interactive and Playful—Swiss Design from Zurich University of the Arts will present 10 recent outstanding projects by ZHdK students and graduates, including works on industrial design, visual communication, sensory explorations, and interactive installations. Crafting great narratives to tell stories about everyday life, with an emphasis on the social, experiential and conceptual, the young designers drew inspiration from the digitalisation of design and channelled their creativity in both playful and serious ways.
Highlights from the show include the interactive kinetic light installation Through Momentum; Titan Arum, an interactive installation of the extremely rare moment of the blooming of the largest flower in the world; and Smell Forward, a fictional exploration of the scents of the past, present and future.
Press release courtesy HKDI Gallery