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YouFab Global Creative Awards 2021 Democratic experiment(s) talk, vol.01

A Democratic Creation, an Experiment of Democracy

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The theme of this year’s YouFab Awards, which are celebrating the 10th anniversary this year, is “Democratic experiment(s)”.
The Chief of the judging committee, Asa Ito, and one of the YouFab 2021 judges, Roel Schoenmakers, Fiona de Bell from Cascoland, will hold a talk show on the theme of Democratic experiment(s).

Mon, August 30, 2021  UTC-04:00

04:30 – 05:30

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A Democratic Creation, Experiment of Democracy

Democratic experiment(s)

The more we try to make things with integrity, the more involved and tangled we get in multiple relationships — or more so, countless stakeholders. Now imagine you’re making a chair. If the chair is to be used by an old man, the chair must be designed so it will serve him right — both physically and figuratively. The chair must be a proud one, just like his life. But, what if, if the old man’s daughter is taking care of the elderly man? The chair must be something that would be useful and accessible for the daughter. And what if the chair will be placed in a parlor that once used to be the man’s father’s room? Shouldn’t we give thought to the dead, and the struggles the deceased man had to go through to build that very house? Then comes the material. Where did the timber for the chair come from? Who planted what used to be a tree, and what living organisms surrounded the tree? Which birds sang atop the tree and what insects dwelled there? What type of viruses were there, and how were all these parties affected when the tree was cut down? How was the timber transported? Last but not least — when the chair is no longer in use, how will it be dismantled or remade?

(From a statement by YouFab 2021 Chief Judge Asa Ito, click here for the full text)
https://www.youfab.info/2021/entryinfo.html

 

This year marks the 10th year of the YouFab Global Creative Awards, which started as a global award for digital fabrication in 2021.
The theme of “Democratic experiment(s)” set for the 10th anniversary year asks us what “creation” means in the first place.
In today’s society, which suffers from environmental problems and inequality of wealth caused by the convenience of mass production and mass consumption, which has been supported by standardizing and cutting out only the materials we want to use from ecological connections in order to reproduce what we want to create, how should we face “creation”?
And what do we need to do in order to create things without turning our eyes away from the ecological fact that the act of creating something actually involves an infinite number of stakeholders who pull together and influence each other without our awareness?
For the talk, we are welcoming Roel Schoenmakers of Cascoland, which aims to develop an ecologically and socially sustainable society by taking a new approach to interdisciplinary involvement in public space. Together with the Chef Judge, Asa Ito, we will discuss their ideas of “democratic” and the act of “creation” while unraveling the theme, “Democratic experiment(s)”.

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Program UTC+0

08:30 – 08:35
YouFab 2021 Introduction
08:35 – 08:45
Chief Judge Asa Ito / About Democratic experiment(s) / Expectations for YouFab 2021
08:45 – 08:55
Cascoland / Introduction / About the project activities in Amsterdam
08:55 – 09:25
Asa Ito × Cascoland Talk Session / What is democratic manufacturing? / What are our experiments?
09:25 – 09:30
Closing
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*This event will be conducted in English.
*After the event is recorded in public on the above date and time, it will be shown on the YouFab official website with Japanese subtitles.

Talk session guest

  • Asa Ito

    Director, Future of Humanity Research Center, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology

    Asa Ito is Director of the Future of Humanity Research Center at the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Institute of Innovative Research, and Visiting Scholar at MIT (2019), specializing in aesthetics and contemporary art. After initially intending to become a biologist, she turned her academic focus to the arts while in her third year at university. She obtained her PhD in Literature in 2010, having studied aesthetics, fine arts, and culture at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology. As author, Dr. Ito’s major works include Me no mienai hito wa sekai wo do miteiru no ka (How Do People Without Sight See the World?, Kobunsha), Domoru karada (The Stuttering Body, Igaku-Shoin), Kioku suru karada (The Remembering Body, Shunjusha), and Te no Rinri(Ethics of hands, Kodan-sha). Her work was recognized with the 42nd Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 2020.

    Asa Ito is Director of the Future of Humanity Research Center at the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Institute of Innovative Research, and Visiting Scholar at MIT (2019), specializing in aesthetics and contemporary art. After initially intending to become a biologist, she turned her academic focus to the arts while in her third year at university. She obtained her PhD in Literature in 2010, having studied aesthetics, fine arts, and culture at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology. As author, Dr. Ito’s major works include Me no mienai hito wa sekai wo do miteiru no ka (How Do People Without Sight See the World?, Kobunsha), Domoru karada (The Stuttering Body, Igaku-Shoin), Kioku suru karada (The Remembering Body, Shunjusha), and Te no Rinri(Ethics of hands, Kodan-sha). Her work was recognized with the 42nd Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 2020.

  • Cascoland

    International Amsterdam-based network of artists, architects, designers and performers

    Projects are initiated by Fiona de Bell and Roel Schoenmakers and are executed with multi-disciplinary teams of artists and designers, promoting mobilisation, participation and networking through artistic exchange and collaboration. Since 2004 Cascoland has executed projects internationally in The Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Japan and in Europe.
    Cascoland projects/interventions/artworks are tools to be used by participants and audiences rather than artworks to be exhibited. Cascoland interventions aim to challenge and change perceptions and create awareness about the need for social and ecological sustainable development, not only with audiences and residents, but with planners, designers, organisations and authorities as well.
    Cascoland promotes a sustainable use of spaces, skills and resources. Empowerment of communities, bottom-up development of public space and the implementation of innovative solutions addressing local needs are equally important ingredients in our way of working: Art as a tool to make change happen!

    http://cascoland.com/about/#/

    Projects are initiated by Fiona de Bell and Roel Schoenmakers and are executed with multi-disciplinary teams of artists and designers, promoting mobilisation, participation and networking through artistic exchange and collaboration. Since 2004 Cascoland has executed projects internationally in The Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, Japan and in Europe.
    Cascoland projects/interventions/artworks are tools to be used by participants and audiences rather than artworks to be exhibited. Cascoland interventions aim to challenge and change perceptions and create awareness about the need for social and ecological sustainable development, not only with audiences and residents, but with planners, designers, organisations and authorities as well.
    Cascoland promotes a sustainable use of spaces, skills and resources. Empowerment of communities, bottom-up development of public space and the implementation of innovative solutions addressing local needs are equally important ingredients in our way of working: Art as a tool to make change happen!

    http://cascoland.com/about/#/

Discussion & Event Moderetor

  • Tim Wong

    FabCafe Taipei / Loftwork Taiwan co-founder

    Tim was born in Hong Kong and lived in the US for 17 years. He relocated to Taiwan in 2008, because he believes Taiwan has the good opportunity to create a creative platform that cultivates innovative ideas and projects with creative talents from different background.

    Before co-founding FabCafe Taipei in 2013 and Loftwork Taiwan in 2014, He has been an urban design practitioner for 7 years and worked on urban design projects across the US, Middle East, and various Asian cities. He graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design with dual Master degrees in Architecture and Urban Design.

    Tim was born in Hong Kong and lived in the US for 17 years. He relocated to Taiwan in 2008, because he believes Taiwan has the good opportunity to create a creative platform that cultivates innovative ideas and projects with creative talents from different background.

    Before co-founding FabCafe Taipei in 2013 and Loftwork Taiwan in 2014, He has been an urban design practitioner for 7 years and worked on urban design projects across the US, Middle East, and various Asian cities. He graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design with dual Master degrees in Architecture and Urban Design.

  • Kelsie Stewart

    FabCafe CCO

    Kelsie joined Loftwork and FabCafe in 2017 and oversees the FabCafe Global network. In FabCafes across Asia, Europe and America, Kelsie strategizes and aligns Fab synergies to empower everyone to take the initiative to make and share their ideas with local and global communities. Kelsie is also the Tokyo organizer for the Global Goals Jam (GGJ), a two-day designathon and community which aims to create short term solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. Kelsie has organized sustainability and design thinking workshops in Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

    Kelsie joined Loftwork and FabCafe in 2017 and oversees the FabCafe Global network. In FabCafes across Asia, Europe and America, Kelsie strategizes and aligns Fab synergies to empower everyone to take the initiative to make and share their ideas with local and global communities. Kelsie is also the Tokyo organizer for the Global Goals Jam (GGJ), a two-day designathon and community which aims to create short term solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals. Kelsie has organized sustainability and design thinking workshops in Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

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Mon, August 30, 2021 04:30 – 05:30 UTC-04:00

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free

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YouFab Global Creative Awards: YouFab Global Creative Awards

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