New Realities — 2018 edition

Talks, workshops, an installation and a collective exhibition, were held in Barcelona and l’Hospitalet (16→19.05.2018), with focus on New Realities, 2018 specific topic, to explore the role of design in the conception of new scenarios, phisical and conceived through the virtual.

This series of Understanding Design activities were curated by Diego Ramos and Saúl Baeza.

Interno installation by Lolo & Sosaku

Lolo (ARG) and Sosaku (JP), two artists based in L’Hospitalet, created an installation for the festival, in their workshop space. The internal installation refers to the myth of the golem: “… a golem is, in medieval folklore and in Jewish mythology, an animate being made from inanimate matter.”

The name comes from one of the four works presented, a sculpture with internal mechanisms that strike from inside but can not be seen: it is like an interior call.

NEW REALITIES’ Workshops

Studio ilio, designer Dom Sebastian and MAIO architects were running one-day workshops at Elisava, LCI Barcelona and ESdesign (respectively), working on the creative processes and experimentation from different design perspectives: product-materials, experimental fashion and architecture-interior design. Each workshop was completed with a presentation open to the general public. Check the videos below and the full program for more details.

Studio ilio + ELISAVA – Rearranging the habitat

Dom Sebastian + LCI Barcelona – Experimental textiles for fashion and footwear

MAIO + ESdesign – 21.600

NEW REALITIES’ Talks

Studio ilio, designer Dom Sebastian and MAIO architects explained their way of working, from experiences and projects that put in value experimentation in the design process.

New Realities exhibition

One of the main activities of the festival. The exhibition’s proposal was a multidisciplinary review through 13 pieces of national and international creators, with the intention of answering possible questions and exploring new realities.

Is designing a physical or a virtual act? Is photography the virtual medium of the object? Is light an analog or a digital expression? Through the image, does the object become representation? Does the machine understand the material better than the hand? Can matter be digital? Do we consume more analog design than virtual? What is analog, what is digital? What is physical, what is virtual?

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Understanding Design 2018 Full Program

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16.05.2018, Wednesday

Rearranging the habitat

Open presentation of the results of the workshop run by Studio Ilio with ELISAVA students during the morning.

Free entrance

The participants of the workshop will create a series of snapshots that will agglutinate and redefine their material landscape, from man to the natural environment. The double-glazed frames work as a tool to create new perceptions of the urban scenes we encounter daily. Through combining and joining materials in a non-natural alternative patterns and stories appear in the form of geological cross sections. The reinterpretation of materials found and recycled will encourage participants an experimental approach to design and create a new sense of their direct habitat.


La Rambla 30-32, 08002 Barcelona

17.05.2018, Thursday

Experimental textiles for fashion and footwear

Open presentation of the results of the workshop run by Dom Sebastian with LCI Barcelona students during the morning.

Free entrance

The workshop will explore the use of materials such as liquid latex and foam in experimental and unconventional ways, in the contexts of, but not limited to fashion and footwear.
Dom Sebastian will be explaining a range of alternative techniques and ways of working with the materials to create new and experimental print designs and 3d concepts, with a focus on texture, colour, form and layer.


Balmes 209, 08006 Barcelona.

Interno installation

“… a golem is, in medieval folklore and in Jewish mythology, an animate being made from inanimate matter.”

Free entrance


Cobalto 53, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

Parada Sant Josep (FGC o Rodalies des de plaça Espanya)

18.05.2018, Friday

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Studio Ilio

Dom Sebastian

MAIO


16:40→17H – Door opening

Palo Alto; sala Cortés.

Pellaires 30-38, 08019 Barcelona

Opening of the collective exhibition.

Exhibition curated by Diego Ramos and Saúl Baeza, and powered by DTNM (Master Design Through New Materials, Elisava & Materfad). Space designed by Diego Ramos Studio.


Free entrance. The show will be open only two days:

18.05.2018 | 19→21H

19.05.2018 | 10→20H


Palo Alto; sala XYZ.

Pellaires 30-38, 08019 Barcelona

19.05.2018, Saturday

21.600

Open presentation of the results of the workshop run by MAIO with ESdesign students during the morning.

Free entrance

MAIO proposes to work on the idea of fragility and its relationship with architecture. Fragility is understood, in this case, as a limiting state between space and object, between stability and instability, between collapse and resistance. In this sense, fragility can be addressed from precise parameters and objectives, related to the logic of materials, forms or forces.


Av. Josep Tarradellas i Joan 171, 08901 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

New realities collective exhibition.

Exhibition curated by Diego Ramos and Saúl Baeza, and powered by DTNM (Master Design Through New Materials, Elisava & Materfad). Space designed by Diego Ramos Studio.


Free entrance. The show will be open only two days:

18.05.2018 | 19→21H (opening)

19.05.2018 | 10→20H


Palo Alto; sala XYZ.

Pellaires 30-38, 08019 Barcelona

The festival has been carried out by Diego Ramos, Saúl Baeza (curators) and Tai Sans, with the collaboration of Guim Espelt. Graphic design by Raquel Quevedo.

The team wants to appreciate all the participants, universities, companies and entities that have been involved in a way or another. Thank you for the support!

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