The Anti Design Festival are pleased to announce Mestakes and Manifestos (M&M!), curated by Daniel Charny, which echoes the ADF’s call to shake off bad habits, to refresh and engage, be awake and active. Presenting a series of works and activities pulled together to excite conversation, the M&M! space is an invitation to think, make and talk about design.
Manifestos are calls to action, inciting response, setting principles and direction, responding to the past and conceiving the future, proudly declared and highly desirable to those who create them. They are briefs. Mistakes on the other hand are unwanted results. Together they hold the creative process from opposing sides. Both, undeniably, are sources for new creative directions. And like parenthesis they contain only the sides.
Running for the first four days on the ADF (18th to 21st September 2010), the M&M! space will be an open programme of selected exhibits and some scheduled events. Among these will be performance artist Giles Ripley’s self help film I’m a Winner (Why Aren’t You!!!); Social interventions designer Hwang Kim’s short film series Star Pizza; people will be able to sit on Cut up Benches by David Amar; see material and gesture experiments in Archive by Maker Therese Morch; experience Speed Creating an ambitious project by designer Dominic Wilcox; hear a talk by anti designer Jerszy Seymour entitled A New World Adventurers Guide (Saturday 18th September 16.00pm); and listen to other manifesto readings which will be megaphoned from a new take on the speakers corner by designer Alon Meron.
A manifesto wall, Open Spike, by designer Martino Gamper will accumulatively display both commissioned and open submission manifestos, and will be vying for attention with The Fabrats, led by Stu Bannocks, who will be making low tech rapid prototypes to test out the ideas. Guesting Master Makers who will join The Fabrats, and be setting some the agendas, include Matt Jones of Berg. Surprise manifesto readers will be taking part throughout the days.
At best we expect [ M&M! ] to be a lively scene of investigation offering new directions, in the least an alternative to well rehearsed design and at worst another trendy hyped up London show.