Join us on Saturday 20 May for a walking tour of King’s Cross redevelopment and a panel discussion about new urban developments in Helsinki, London and beyond.

Talk: Familiar Spaces at the Finnish Institute in London

How familiar does the city around you feel?

Join us on Saturday 20 May for a walking tour of King’s Cross redevelopment and a panel discussion about new urban developments in Helsinki, London and beyond. 

We are collaborating with DisegnoThe Finnish Institute in London and Argent to host this event which is part of the Open Senses Festival programme. The theme of the talk is inspired by the research conducted by Luca Picardi during his Helsinki Design Residency in 2016. Picardi’s findings on the Finnish capital's new urban developments culminated in a publication titled FAMILIAR which is questioning whether our cities are becoming more homogeneous and similar to one another.  

The talk will be moderated by Oli Stratford, editor-in-chief of Disegno and the participating panel speakers will include:

Join the debate on how our cities are evolving: Saturday 20 May, 11:00 - 14:00  

11:00 - 12:30 King's Cross tour

Meet outside Caravan King's Cross, 1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA.

12:30 - 14:00 talk at The Finnish Institute, Unit 1, 3 York Way, N1C 4AE. 

The walking tour and panel discussion are free to attend, however spaces are limited, so please RSVP by Thursday 18 May here info@fininst.uk.

About OPEN SENSES

Open Senses (19 - 21 May) is a weekend festival of art exhibitions, live events and performances, sensory journeys and walks, open studios and labs, and a ground-breaking symposium. View the rest of the Open Senses 2017 programme.

FRAUD selected for Helsinki Design Residency 2017

This year’s designer-in-residence will be FRAUD (Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo), a duo of media and spatial practitioners. Within the umbrella of critical practices, they develop forms of art-led inquiry into the multiple scales of power and governance that flow through physical and cultural spaces. FRAUD has received numerous awards including the Wellcome Trust People Award, the architectural award for the Madrid Civil Registry building in collaboration with OSS, and funding from the UK's Economic and Social Science Rearch Council, the Canada Art Council, and the Danish Art Council (DK).

The theme of the residency programme is New: Material, through which FRAUD wish to investigate the emerging material realm of carbon derivatives. FRAUD will explore the collusion between the forest as a storage resource of carbon, the boreal forest’s disappearance and emission trading systems (ETS). Through art-led inquiry, we aim to produce a critical landscape engaging the audience through food-led events.

More about the Helsinki Design Residency

Further details on the Helsinki Design Residency 2017 and on how to apply next year can be found in the external links section below. 

In 2016, the residency was completed by Luca Picardi. Read about his experiences on the British Council Design website

Let them eat cake! (2015-17) by FRAUD. An edible version of a Facebook profile.
Let them eat cake! (2015-17) by FRAUD. An edible version of a Facebook profile.
Goodnight Sweetheart by FRAUD. Installation at Eastern Bloc, Montréal, Canada. Photo: (C) Alexis Bellavance
Goodnight Sweetheart by FRAUD. Installation at Eastern Bloc, Montréal, Canada. Photo: (C) Alexis Bellavance

ABOUT THE HELSINKI DESIGN RESIDENCY

Helsinki is undergoing a phase of growth and change that will affect its makeup and context in the coming years. This context provides a fresh opportunity to research, understand and challenge the relationships between design practices, urban space, through re-imagining materials, production processes, services and crafts.

As a response to this change and realignment, the Helsinki Design Residency was first established in 2012 during the World Design Capital programme in Helsinki. It is for UK-based practitioners, who work at the intersections of art, design and architecture, and who have an interest in critical investigations and interventions into what constitutes design innovation. The British Council, in partnership with the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), the Helsinki Design Week (HDW) and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture seeks applications from practitioners to participate in a residency programme in Helsinki which will coincide with the HDW. 

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