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Preview: PASSAGEN 2014

Set around imm Cologne, the key German design week PASSAGEN starts today. ARTS THREAD takes a look at what to see from the design schools and graduate talents.

In conjunction with composer Carlo Peters, students from Köln International School of Design (KISD) have created a site-specific sound and light installation at t.a.t. new talents Designers Tower at 37-39 Agrippastrasse. Selected processes and data flow from the city of Cologne are translated into sounds and images. The observation deck is transformed into an experimental interface providing an augmented view onto the city.

In Process, Offenbach University of Art and Design In Process, Offenbach University of Art and Design

 

Twenty three design schools will present their work at imm Cologne this year. The Offenbach University of Art and Design will be there with In Process, products that tell the story of their process and manufacture. The team explain: ‘Design objects are not like archaeologic artefacts that are discovered, grubbed out and then unriddled. Design objects always relate to their social, technical and functional context. This context constitutes the particular story of the design product.’

Upcycled, HS Coburg Upcycled, HS Coburg

 

HS Coburg is showing a project entitled Upcylced which looks most intriguing – we will find out more!

D3 Design Talents: Isla, Joa Herrenknecht / Thanks for the Sun Series, Arnout Meijer / Haze Series, Wonmin Park D3 Design Talents: Isla, Joa Herrenknecht / Thanks for the Sun Series, Arnout Meijer / Haze Series, Wonmin Park

 

As for the past eleven years, imm cologne presents new talents contest D3 and 22 designers will have their product showcased at the fair, with three winning designs chosen by an international jury.

Over at Designers Fair look out for Watwha, a group of students and alumni of FH Dortmund Department of Design who love screen printing! Watwha has built a small analogue screen printing workshop in northern Dortmund and in addition to design, conception and exhibition space, there are screen printing workshops.

PASSAGEN and imm Cologne runs January 13-19 2014.

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