Designing Beyond OurselvesJulia Lohmann is Professor of Practice in Contemporary Design at Aalto University and founder of the Department of Seaweed. She will introduce her work in design, education and research and show how it connects science, nature and culture at different scales from molecules to ecosystems. Lohmann will discuss the importance of an empathic, collaborative and more-than-human mindset in addressing the challenges of a world in climate crisis, in particular those relating to the sea.Find out more here.
21.-24.01.2020Partnering with Nature, World Economic Forum 50th Annual Meeting, Davos-Klosters (CH)
Drawing from the 'Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial' exhibition originally organized by Cooper Hewitt and Cube design museum, this adaptation is a collaboration between the Smithsonian and the World Economic Forum (WEF). This is the fourth year that the Smithsonian and the WEF have collaborated on bringing an exhibition to the Annual Meeting in Davos. Installed in the Congress Centre, the exhibition will be offered alongside panels, workshops, and other sessions organized by the WEF that address the ecological crisis and the Forum’s major focus on sustainability.
The Department of Seaweed Prototyping Workshop is one of four installations that will encourage participants to play with natural elements, learn about the symbiotic relationships in nature, and be inspired to imagine a more cohesive approach to working with nature.
About the Department of Seaweed Prototyping Workshop at #wef20
Founded by Julia Lohmann in 2013, the Department of Seaweed brings together experts in design, science and craft to experiment with the fabrication processes and material properties of seaweed and explore possible applications of this plentiful and renewable resource. For the installation at Davos, Lohmann has created a seaweed structure, Hidaka-Ohmu, and has available living seaweed and a display of hanging, dried seaweed to show the materials used in the craft process. Participants can work with seaweed in a workshop with Lohmann’s team.
Photo: World Economic Forum
10.05.2019 - 19.01.2020Nature - Cooper Hewitt Design Triennal, New York (US)
Exhibition / Julia Lohmann, Violaine Buet, Jon Lister
"Designers are forging meaningful connections with nature, inspired by its properties and resources. Their collaborative processes—working with nature and in teams across multiple disciplines—are optimistic responses at this moment when humans contend with the complexities and conditions of our planet. Compelled by a sense of urgency, designers look to nature as a guide and partner.
With projects ranging from experimental prototypes to consumer products, immersive installations, and architectural constructions, Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, co-organized with Cube design museum, presents the work of sixty-two international design teams. Collaborations involve scientists, engineers, advocates for social and environmental justice, artists, and philosophers. They are engaging with nature in innovative and ground-breaking ways, driven by a profound awareness of climate change and ecological crises as much as advances in science and technology."
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10.05.2019 - 19.01.2020Cube Design Museum, Kerkrade (NL)
"Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial co-organized with Cube design museum. In collaboration with the world's largest design museum, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York, Cube design museum presents the extensive exhibition NATURE.
Are the limits of nature stretchable? How do we better manage our finite, natural resources? What can we still learn from nature? And how do we bring man and nature closer together? Designers everywhere are more and more inspired by nature driven by the need to be more respectful of our planet and more sparing of natural resources. Plastic made from algae, textile coloured by raindrops and bandages which imitate the naturally healing benefits of slug secretions are some examples of the ingenious projects on display."
Images by Kenneth Tan.
29.05.2019 - 06.10.2019MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (AT)
Exhibition / Department of Seaweed
"The reinstallation of the MAK DESIGN LAB positions design as a motor of sustainable change. Objects from the MAK Collection are placed into a new context and are positioned at the interface between everyday life, society, digitalization, and climate change based on multi-faceted perspectives."
The exhibition is associated with the Vienna Biennale For Change 2019
06.09.2019 - 27.10.2019Design Museum, Helsinki (FI)
"The exhibition, Critical Tide, will bring together projects and works exploring design, the seas, and the possibility of making a difference through research, activism and community-based approaches to practice. The exhibition is the product of a multidisciplinary team: Julia Lohmann, Pirjo Haikola, Gillian Russell and Gero Grundmann. It will open in time for Helsinki Design Week in September."
30.08.2019 - 29.09.2019Lofoten International Art Festival, Svolvaer (NO)
Performance & Talk / Department of Seaweed
The High Tides and Kelp Congress will be a 3-day congress that explores different aspects about kelp and macro algae through talks, workshops, film screenings and more. As an art performance, the Department of Seaweed will host the Sea Ceremony during the workshop “From the Horse's Mouth incl. Kelp Congress” on 20 - 22 September 2019.
2019Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel (DE)
Talk / Julia Lohmann
To save a flight, Julia was happy to give a talk to the students at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel through Skype.
Images by Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel.
2019One Works Creative hub - Via Sciesa 3, Milan (IT)
Exhibition / Violaine Buet
"Curated by Francesca Benedetto, Design Critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and founder of the YellowOffice studio, and in collaboration with Violaine Buet, seaweed designer and member of the Department of Seaweed (a transdisciplinary and international platform for algae research as a resource Sustainable) "WAVES" will physically transport visitors through a series of waves at increasing heights made of seaweed, expressing a tangible experience of climate change in progress."
Images by Andrea Martiradonna.
2019Broken Nature Symposium, Milan (IT)
Exhibition & Talk / Julia Lohmann
"On the occasion of the opening of the XXII Triennale, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, La Triennale di Milano will host the third Broken Nature symposium. This will be an opportunity to celebrate the protagonists of the exhibition—in the galleries, online, the book and beyond—and to delve deeper into the projects and ideas that have inspired our research in the past months. With a rich program of individual presentations, panel discussions and video contributions, Broken Nature symposium will cover topics as diverse as human and non-human migration flows; the capacity of good information design to make the invisible visibile; and the importance of untangling the threads that connect our singular and highly specific experiences to the complex macro-systems that make up the world’s tapestry."
Image by Broken Nature Symposium.
2017Design on Display, Wolfsburg (DE)
Exhibition & Publication / Julia Lohmann
"On Display 03 looks at works by the designers, Julia Lohmann and Petra Blaisse, in parallel with the exhibition “Design Display” in the Autostadt [car city] in Wolfsburg. Both designers have developed new materials in research-driven experiments. While Julia Lohmann examines and communicates the potential of seaweed using various objects, Petra Blaisse presents the preliminary results of her research project, a prototype of her Solar Curtain that produces electricity. Both designers are presented in the magazine, as are both exhibits, complemented by information graphics, a series of images and the essay “Reducing Complexity in Design Research, Thinking, and Methodology” by William Myers.."
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Images by Michael Jungblut and Noortje Knulst.
2013Victoria and Albert Museum, London (UK)
Residency / Julia Lohmann
"During her six month residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Julia Lohmann founded the 'Department of Seaweed'. In the Department of Seaweed experts from design, craft, science and anthropology collaborate and share their knowledge to create materials and processes with which to make materials and objects from seaweed."
Images by Petr Krejci.