Exhibition ECO Solidarity Online Exhibit

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06/15-08/15/21

Online

We are excited to announce that ECO Solidarity’s dynamic presentation at CLOSEUP 2021 will continue with a two-month-long exhibition on WantedDesign’s new virtual venue, WantedDesign.online. The exhibition will run from June 15–August 15 with a kick-off VIP event on June 15th at 12:00 p.m. Anyone who missed the eight global designers’ compelling talk on the groundbreaking products and projects nominated for the initiative by eight European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), will have a chance to delve deeper into the thought-provoking approaches and perspectives put forth by each of them addressing sustainability as a humanitarian issue, climate change, and ecology. Four additional innovative designers have been chosen by EUNIC members to take part in the online exhibition.

It’s rare that so many designers, cultural institutes, and renowned experts in their own fields (serving as advisors to the group), come together to showcase powerful ways to use design as a tool for change. It’s an incredibly important initiative, and we would love it if you would share the news of the exhibition and the opening event. You can register for the June 15th opening event—where the founders, advisors, EUNIC members, and designers will participate here:

Register for the virtual Opening Event June 15, 12pm
From June 15 - August 15 the ECO Solidarity Online Exhibit presents the work of European studios truly committed to using design as a tool of change: From Berlin-based MOYA Birch Bark adapting old Siberian craft into sustainable design by using birch wood to Linen Lab, the research project by Brussels based Studio Plastique around Linseeds, linseed oil, and byproducts, exploring innovative ways to apply them to the Bucharest based studio Atelier Ad Hoc, focusing on the mutations in public space, living conditions, land use, and property, manifested in the everyday city that has an impact on well-being. The event will take place at wanteddesign.online
  • MOYA Birch Bark by Anastasiya Koshcheeva © MOYA
    MOYA Birch Bark by Anastasiya Koshcheeva
  • Moya Birch Bark von Anastasiya Koshcheeva © MOYA
    Moya Birch Bark von Anastasiya Koshcheeva
  • MOYA Birch Bark by Anastasiya Koshcheeva © MOYA
    MOYA Birch Bark by Anastasiya Koshcheeva
  •  MOYA Birch Bark by Anastasiya Koshcheev @ MOYA
    MOYA Birch Bark by Anastasiya Koshcheeva
  • Algaeing by Renana Krebs © Algaeing
    Algaeing by Renana Krebs
  • Algaeing by Renana Krebs © Algaeing
    Algaeing by Renana Krebs
  • Brokis © Brokis
    Brokis
  • Brokis © Brokis
    Brokis
  • Circula von Studio Rygalik © Studio Rygalik
    Circula von Studio Rygalik
  • Circula by Studio Rygalik © Studio Rygalik
    Circula von Studio Rygalik

“We built this exhibition as a choir: we brought together the voices and the expertise of European thinkers and designers, and we composed a bigger, and hopefully more powerful, design story that unfolds and follows the main ECO Solidarity principles,” explain WantedDesign co-founders Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat.

“ECO Solidarity is an initiative rooted in environmental and societal issues. It is a celebration of how design can be brought down to earth and be contextualized to meet the demands of the present world while remaining committed to human consumption. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call and if anything, has asserted the global call to respond and adapt to such crucial issues.” Comments Jevon Vella, Deputy Director, MCAST Institute for the Creative Arts. ECO Solidarity was initiated in 2020 by the Polish Cultural Institute New York and Studio Rygalik, in collaboration with WantedDesign. ECO Solidarity is a multidisciplinary hybrid project, an initiative, and a movement that seeks unity and solidarity through design and architecture focused on ecology, climate change, the key concepts of the Green New Deal, sustainability, public well-being, public health, and their social implications in public spaces, facing new pandemic challenges in COVID-19 era. This year’s edition is produced and presented in partnership with the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and eight of its organization members. The ECO Solidarity exhibit, on view at wanteddesign.online from June 15 to August 15, invites the visitors to discover more about the projects and studios who are all driven by the notions of designing for a better world and the others, with empathy and a responsible approach.

For the online exhibit, 4 studios are added to the initial selection and insightful comments and different perspectives on the ECO Solidarity principles from the Advisory Committee, composed by field experts, invited by each organization.

ECO Solidarity Participants + Nominating EUNIC Member:
Aha Objects – Arts Council Malta in New York
EOOS Next – Austrian Cultural Forum New York
Livable – Delegation of Flanders to the USA
Moya - Goethe-Institut New York
Namahn - Delegation of Flanders to the USA
Algaeing – Goethe-Institut New York
NAS-DRA – Polish Cultural Institute New York
Circula by Studio Rygalik – Polish Cultural Institute New York
Atelier Ad Hoc – Romanian Cultural Institute New York
Herrmann & Coufal – Czech Center New York
Brokis - Czech Center New York
Studio Plastique – Wallonie-Bruxelles International New York

“We are proud to present ECO Solidarity on our new wanteddesign.online venue and we hope this exhibit will find echoes in the US and initiate future collaborations to grow the ECO Solidarity movement across the globe. And most of all, we hope it will contribute to raising awareness of the emergency to change the way we design, produce and consume in a sustainable and more equal way,” note WantedDesign co-founders Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat.

WantedDesign Online WantedDesign Online is a new to-go venue for inspiration. WantedDesign Online presents a series of digital exhibitions featuring great designs from around the world, from emerging talents to international brands. WantedDesign Online launched May 2021 with the WantedDesign Online International Schools Show (through June 12th), followed by the ECO Solidarity online exhibit from June 15 to August 15, 2021. Upcoming exhibitions also include in the Fall an exhibition presented with the Swiss Consulate in New York and Swissnex, curated by Matylda Krzykowski. wanteddesign.online
 
WantedDesign WantedDesign is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large throughout the year. Founded in New York City in 2011 by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat with a vision for transforming design events, WantedDesign has established itself as a dynamic supporter of U.S. and international design via events, conversations, and partnerships. wanteddesignnyc.com
 
EUNIC Global EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture – is the European network of organizations engaging in cultural relations. Together with our partners, we bring to life European cultural collaboration in more than 90 countries worldwide with a network of over 120 clusters, drawing on the broad experience of our members from all EU Member States and associate countries. EUNIC advocates a prominent role of culture in international relations and is a strategic partner of the EU, actively involved in the further definition of European cultural policy. EUNIC is a platform for knowledge sharing and capacity building amongst its members and partners. eunicglobal.eu

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