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Sunday Seminar: Solution or Utopia? Design for Refugees

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Solution or Utopia? Design for Refugees, the Stedelijk Museum organizes in cooperation with What Design Can Do a panel discussion on various subjects from the exhibition. The exhibition addresses practical questions about the usefulness and functionality of designs for refugees as well as related ethical and ideological issues. Is it appropriate to approach refugees as a separate group? What are the practical issues people face during their flight and as they integrate in a new country? Is it right to provide a ready-made solution for a refugee, or should people acquire the tools to create solutions for shelter and other living facilities themselves?

Invited guest speakers are designers and art professionals who have been dealing with issues regarding refugees in the past recent years: curator of industrial design Ingeborg de Roode (Stedelijk Museum), visual artist Yara Said, architect Theo Deutinger, social entrepreneur Fleur Bakker (Refugee Company), Märta Terne (Better Shelter) and PRESENT Architecture. Moderator: David Kester.

More about the speakers. 

Ingeborg de Roode has been the curator of industrial design at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam since 2001. Currently, she is the curator of the exhibition Solution or Utopia? with co-curator Jeanette Bisschops. For the Stedelijk Museum, de Roode organized many exhibition projects, such as the recent presentations Living in the Amsterdam School (2016) and the survey Marcel Wanders Pinned Up: 25 Years of Design (2014). For the reopening of the museum in 2012, she co-curated the well-received design collection presentation with two colleagues. De Roode published about design in catalogues and magazines in the Netherlands and abroad.

Yara Said is a Syrian artist who graduated from the University of Fine arts in Damascus in 2014. She travelled to the Netherlands in September 2015 and has since been actively involved with Refugee circumstances in the EU. She’s the designer of the the Refugee National Flag. The flag’s colors are black and orange, which she says is “a symbol of the solidarity with all these brave souls that had to cross the sea to look for safety in a new country.”

Fleur Bakker is the driving force behind the Refugee Company and creative director with Mister Lion (an Amsterdam based lab for social innovation). She is social entrepreneur, pioneer and co-creator driven by a clear vision on social justice. For more than 15 years Bakker has been working on programs and concepts aimed at improving the perspectives of refugees in the Netherlands and abroads a Syrian artist who graduated from the University of Fine arts in Damascus in 2014. She travelled to the Netherlands in September 2015 and has since been actively involved with Refugee circumstances in the EU. She’s the designer of the the Refugee National Flag. The flag’s colors are black and orange, which she says is “a symbol of the solidarity with all these brave souls that had to cross the sea to look for safety in a new country.”

David Kester is a design strategy consultant, co-founder of the Design Thinkers Academy, and former head of the UK’s Design Council. During his tenure at the Design Council he tackled issues as diverse as preventative healthcare and community cohesion. He promoted design-led approaches that turn social challenges into economic opportunity. Kester is a moderator for the conference What Design Can Do since 2014. 

Come and join!

Date: 21 May 2017
Time: 3 – 4:30 pm
Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museumplein 10
Language: English

Admission: Museum €3 / students €10.50 / regular €18
* Price includes admission to the exhibition