RTD 2019 takes over Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Pop-in space to challenge the normative relationships between humans and objects. Through an exploration of artifacts central to exhibition design, RTD offers a window into critical discourses that reflect new modes of design research and practice.
“RTD 2019 is the fourth biennial Research through Design conference. This year’s conference is hosted in Delft and Rotterdam, from March 19th to 22nd, and revolves around the theme 'Method & Critique – Frictions and Shifts in Research through Design', through which we hope to continue to bring into view and discuss the contemporary material, technological, socio-political and economic shifts in design research and practice that call for new ways of making. The aim is to expose and debate the assumed frictions between traditional ways of doing and knowing and recent strands of experimental work, and to tease out the type of productive collisions and/or collaborations needed in RTD for capitalizing on emerging shifts in design research and practice, and moving forward.
The program brings together work that is at the forefront of design-led research in the context of creative and critical practices (e.g., fashion, craft, industrial manufacturing, product design, interaction design, speculative design), with an eye though, also to design-led research in more unconventional disciplinary and geographical contexts (e.g., anthropology, sociology, journalism, ground activism in refugee camps, inner cities and developing countries of the Global South).” (Website RTD 2019)
Strange Attractors Design
Founded by Ryan Pescatore Frisk and Catelijne van Middelkoop, Strange Attractors Design (2001) is an international, award winning and trans-disciplinary studio which uses new and traditional media to create innovative and strategic solutions to influence culture and commerce. Strange Attractors Design is working on the Communication and Conference Experience of the RTD 2019.
New presentations of mainly young design talent can be seen in the foyer of Het Nieuwe Instituut every few weeks. It is a way of highlighting a striking design or innovative research, whether or not it is connected with the current exhibition and debate programme of Het Nieuwe Instituut.