Video: “Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention”
148 design objects – created by 47 designers and studios working in Germany, and 20 based elsewhere in Europe – at Riga's Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
From April 11 until June 14, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design will be showing the exhibition “somewhat different. Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention” (anders als immer. Zeitgenössisches Design und die Macht des Gewohnten), as presented by Germany's Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, ifa. The exhibition features 106 items and 148 objects in total, designed by 47 designers and studios based in Germany, and 20 based elsewhere in Europe; also included are eight works created by Latvian-based designers.
The exhibition encourages discussion about the objects – evaluating them in terms of functionality, materials used, construction and context. It is an invitation to look at conventional items from a different perspective.
Viewers experience not only a sense of puzzlement from the objects in the exhibition, but they are also inspired to look at themselves in a “new light” – namely, by taking a step back from traditional behavioral norms and specific standards, and reviewing entrenched preconceptions. By their nature, these “breaks” in the power of convention reflect the deep societal and cultural changes that we are currently experiencing in every aspect of daily life; some relevant concepts in this regard would be mobility, migration, and changes in eating habits and food production, among many others.
We present a quick overview of the exhibition under the guidance of its curator, Volker Albus, from Germany.
The exhibition is organized by Germany's Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, ifa, in Stuttgart, and by the Goethe Institute in Riga, in cooperation with the Latvian National Museum of Art.