What the Disseny Hub has in store for you this 2022

The year 2022 has already begun, and with it a series of activities at the Disseny Hub Barcelona, with the aim of publicising heritage and culture and bringing them closer to the public, and also of stimulating and promoting the creative industries and talent of Barcelona.

Accordingly, this year’s programming includes a full range for all publics, from exhibitions hosted by the Design Museum to display to the public the disciplines of design, fashion, audiovisuals, handcrafts or architecture, to conferences, festivals, prizes and programmes for the promotion of young talent, jointly with Barcelona Activa and the other entities housed in the Disseny Hub, like the BcD, the FAD, the AEM, the ADCE, the El Clot – Josep Benet Library and the World Design Weeks network.

Design, ceramics, jewellery, sustainability and photography, central features of the exhibitions

The first of the exhibitions will be ‘Fornas: The Image of 1960s Catalonia,’’ staged by the Design Museum and curated by Pau Llop, which will take a journey through the designer’s career with an extensive sampling of his work. The second exhibition at the Museum will arrive on June 2nd with ‘Transgressions: Contemporary Ceramics’, a proposal curated by Isabel Fernández del Moral, a curator at the Museum, which will present the new acquisitions of the contemporary ceramics collection and display the latest creations in artistic ceramics, highlighting their material, technical and conceptual ‘transgressions’. From the month of June the Disseny Hub will also host a new edition of ’The Best Design of the Year’, the annual exhibition organised by the Museum and the FAD which displays the finalist and prize-winning works in the various disciplines of design and architecture organised by the associations of the FAD. As an innovation, the exhibition will feature various transversal itineraries related with the principles promoted by the New European Bauhaus: inclusivity, sustainability and beauty. In the autumn there will be new exhibitions: on one hand, ‘Enric Majoral, Jeweller’, curated by Maria Creus and organised by the Museum in collaboration with the A-FAD, which will reveal the jeweller’s close relationship with Formentera expressed in his creations. In parallel, there will be a new edition of ’Enjoia’t’ (‘Enjewel Yourself’), the exhibition of selected pieces from the Enjoia’t Contemporary Jewellery prizes awarded by the A-FAD, and the JOYA Barcelona Art Jewellery & Objects Fair. One of the most notable events will be the exhibition dedicated to Steve McCurry, one of the most outstanding contemporary photographers and a referent for the new generations. This exhibition, organised by Sold Out, will take place alongside ‘Toquem fusta! Disseny, fusta i sostenibilitat’ (‘Touch Wood! Design, Wood and Sustainability’), an exhibition of the Design Museum, curated by Martí Boada and Pilar Vélez, which can be seen from October 7th and which focuses on wood as a key material at the service of the cultural evolution of humanity.

Stimulation and promotion of the creative industries sector

Aside from the exhibitions, this year the Disseny Hub will host a large number of festivals, conferences, seminars and projects for training and promoting young talent. The earliest is the Festival Llum BCN (BCN Festival of Light), which presents 28 light installations, four of which will be created here in the building: Faces of ImageNet, by Trevor Paglen; OSC-B, by Ilf Langheinrich; Data Heartbreak, by Domestic Data Streamers; and Row, by Tundra.

We would like to make a special mention of the seminars ‘D-Generades. Repensant moda i gènere’ (‘D-Generates; Rethinking Fashion and Gender’), on February 24th, which will analyse the communication of fashion from the perspective of gender. And also the Moritz Feed Dog Festival, from March 24th to 27th, dedicated to documentaries on fashion, and the 21st edition of OFFF Barcelona, the Barcelona International Festival of Creativity, Art and Digital Design. This year the Festival will be held from May 5th to 7th and will return to physical presence in its variety of workshops, master classes, installations and creative sessions. It will be followed a few days later by the second edition of BARQ, the Barcelona International Architecture Cinema Festival, to be held from May 10th to 15th, coinciding with the city’s Architecture Week, and the Disseny Hub will host its inauguration and closure. In June there will arrive one of the most outstanding annual events celebrated every spring: the Barcelona Design Week. Organised by the BcD with the collaboration of the FAD and the Design Museum, this year’s edition will be dedicated to the theme of Sustainable Futures with the aim of reinforcing the local companies and designers and publicising design as an activity that transforms society. In November we will have the FLIC festival of children’s and teenagers’ literature and arts. This twelfth edition, entitled ‘Extraordinary Routines’, will propose opening a debate on the richness of versions, legacy, cultural transmission and innovation. At the same time, the Foodture Barcelona seminars will also be held, promoted by the BcD and the Plat Institute.

A firm commitment to the promotion of young talent

2022 will also see the various programmes organised by the Disseny Hub Barcelona and Barcelona Activa to promote young talent, one of the strategic lines of the Disseny Hub. In March, the third edition of Barcelona Fashion Forward will begin, to provide support for designers of emerging clothing brands that work on a basis of sustainability and innovation. There will also be a new edition of the project ‘Dissenyem comerç’ (‘We Design Trade’), which aims to promote proximity trade with the contributions of young talents of the creative industries. A few months later, on July 9th and 10th, ‘(ÒH)PERA’ will be held, a project organised by the Liceu, the Barcelona City Council’s Department of Tourism and Creative Industries, the Disseny Hub and the city’s design schools to promote experimentation and learning for the city’s young students of various design disciplines by way of an authentic experience of operatic creation.

Social design from action

Within the framework of the various projects that will be carried out in collaboration with other entities, we can also highlight the second edition of ‘Disseny per a la inclusió’ (‘Design for Inclusion’), an initiative co-produced by the Design Museum and Ojalá Projects. This is a project that stimulates learning and co-creation through design, which brings together undergraduate design students and people in a situation of vulnerability to work in projects of social and inclusive design and promotes this discipline as a tool for bidirectional social transformation.

Training and activities for all publics all year round

Throughout the year, and as is now customary, a series of training activities and also proposals for all publics will be carried out. On one hand, the ‘Decorative Arts Course’, ‘Wood Furniture: the Woods of Furniture’, ‘History of European Furniture until 1900’ and the courses on ceramics and the history of the dress, along with the specific courses given by the MaterFAD.

On the other hand, the proposals for the general public, families and schools, such as the free Saturday morning guided visits to the permanent exhibitions, the commented visits for groups, or the visits to the Casa Bloc, plus the family workshops ‘Dish to Dish’ and ‘Exlibris’ and the workshops ‘Objects that create objects’, the family day ‘Design in family’ and the activities addressed to students of Secondary and Higher Education on product design and responsible consumption.

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