Emerging Designer Exhibition Award
primer19, new york
The PRIMER Emerging Designer Exhibition celebrates the diversity and excellence of the speculative design practice, and aims to recognize emerging designers without borders. The award is open to speculative design, design fiction, and futuristic design projects from all disciplines.
This year our theme is “Futures for all”. In order to manifest futures for everyone, we need diverse perspectives and platforms that elevate more voices in discussions around where we are heading. We often fail to question who the future is created for, how it is made accessible, whose interests are promoted, and how power and agency are redistributed in its envisioning. However, these questions are hard to ask when technology is only imagined and designed by a small group of people working within the industry.
All finalist projects are showcased at PRIMER19 Conference, and the top three projects (1st , 2nd and 3rd prize) are voted by the conference attendees.
Showcasing projects from
Art Center College of Design, Boston University, Central Saint Martins, Collegium Da Vinci, California College of the arts, Emily Carr university of art and design, Glasgow School Of Art, HfG Schwaebisch Gmuend, Jan Evangelista Purkyne University, New York University, Parsons School of Design, Royal College of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design, The Bartlett School of Architecture, The Knowlton School (Ohio State University), The University of Cincinnati (DAAP), University of Cincinnati, University of Southern California, Virginia Tech, MOD. / Cabra Dominican College
Shihan Zhang, Phil Balagtas, Dana Martens, Travis Kupp
The exhibition team
Jack Wilkinson, Jonas Voigt, Raquel Kalil, Jonathan Hung, Adam Stubbs, and all other volunteers.
EMERGING DESIGNER WINNERS
Shuyan Yuan, California College of the Arts
The sense of hearing is one of the biological inheritance of human beings, it is a way for us to connect to the external world; Sound is everywhere in the environment, it provides information to navigate us through space. But since numerous sounds are simultaneously happening in an environment, our brains would automatically filter down the background sounds and only listen to the most obvious ones. Can we change the position of listening and discover the low-frequency ambient sounds as a way to engage with the physical world?
Aroussiak Gabrielian, University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, Media Arts + Practice
Responding to theories of the “Posthuman,” this design speculation imagines possible futures that integrate, serve, and advance more than just “Us.” Here, bodily systems and plant ecologies are symbiotic. The material of landscape – its moisture, weight, vitality – becomes a second skin – one that both insulates and unifies our bodies with the living world in which we are immersed. The cloaks of edible plant life are intended to provide sustenance to the wearer, as well as flourish as expanding ecosystems that attract and integrate other animal and insect life. The act of dressing oneself in living matter becomes part of the landscape experience – whereby we lose our sense of discrete self and become one with our habitational field in a kind of transcorporeality of the living world.
Emily Knox, The Knowlton School (Ohio State University)
The majority of the Patagonian steppe is desertified to some extent from many years of overgrazing by sheep. This landscape is on the brink of ecological and socioeconomic crisis. Powerful conservation organizations tend to advocate for the removal of the gaucho from the landscape – understanding the practice of sheep ranching as counter to their goals, while ignoring the ways that this practice and the environment are inseparably linked. These two groups of people have fundamentally different visions for what the Patagonian landscape should look like and who it should serve. GRAZED is about engaging with that tension - envisioning a way forward in which a functional ecosystem and cultural practice aren't forced to be separated.
PLANNAR: Co-Visioning with AR
f.a.s.e. (flavor augmenting scent emitters)
Humanity 2.0: Post-Apocalyptic Hope
Network-by-Desire: A Manifesto for the Cyber Epistemological Shift
Magdalena Mojsiejuk, Kamila Kantek, Barbara Drozdek