Contemporary German Design Takes Over Gallery

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Contemporary German design takes over RMIT Gallery

Quirky, unconventional and with a dash of humour – contemporary German design

will fill RMIT Gallery from 1 October to 13 November with an exhibition of

reinterpreted everyday objects. 

Somewhat Different: Contemporary Design and the Power of Convention

showcases the work of more than 100 mostly German and European designers

who have approached “conventional” design tasks in a somewhat different way.

It also features the innovative work Screen Gown by Australian designers

MATERIALBYPRODUCT and Rowan Dining, who have been invited to add their

twist on unusual dual-purpose objects.

Screen Gown is a screen that will transform into a dress throughout the course of

the exhibition. This evolution perfectly captures the essence of Somewhat Different

showing the diversity, innovation and humour that can emerge when convention

is deliberately subverted.

RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies said the stunning exhibition would

challenge audiences to reconsider their traditional ideas about “normal” design –

and also have a laugh at the designers’ inventiveness.

“Chairs that have a secret life as vacuum cleaners are immediately humorous, but

serve a wonderful function in small space living,” she said. “These breaks with the

power of convention actually document the far-reaching changes we currently

witness in all areas of our daily lives, and teach us a lesson in both innovation and


German designer and architect Volker Albus, who curated the travelling exhibition,

has a reputation as one of the most important protagonists of new German design,

and as its intellectual mouthpiece. He has been a professor for product design at

the University for Design in Karlsruhe since 1994.

Professor Albus will be in Melbourne for a series of public design events at RMIT

University which explores design dialogue between two main cultural capitals:

Berlin and Melbourne. Events will be held as part of the exhibition opening and the

Berlin Dayz program, the German-Australian Art Festival. 

Along with Melbourne designers Malte Wagenfeld, Susan Dimasi and Shareen

Joel, Professor Albus will take part in Design - Form, Function or Fetish? This

public forum at RMIT Storey Hall on 5 October from 6pm to 7.30pm will be hosted

by Alan Saunders from ABC ByDesign. Developed by the Institut für

Auslandsbeziehungen (IfA). Presented by RMIT Gallery and the Goethe-Institut

Australien as part of Berlin Dayz, the German-Australian Arts Festival.

For media enquiries, photos and interviews: Vanessa Gerrans, exhibition

coordinator, (03) 9925 2686.

13 September, 2010

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