As design practice evolves from the more traditional concerns of aesthetics and problem-solving, this panel considers how designers can respond to global issues and international crises.
Anab Jain [Austria], is a designer, futurist, filmmaker and educator. She is co-founder and Director of Superflux, a design studio regarded as the spearhead of critical and investigative approach to contemporary design. She is also a professor at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in 2016, where she leads the Design Investigations (ID2) Program. She has previously collaborated with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the British Government Office and the 2017 Vienna Biennale, and her works are represented in leading collections.
Maximilian Scheidl [Austria] started to study Industrial Design under Fiona Raby at the University of applied arts Vienna, finishing his pre-diploma in 2017 under Anab Jain and continues to study towards his diploma. His work was exhibited at the Vienna Design Biennial 2015 and 2017 and the Maker Fair Vienna 2018. He has done freelance work for the event agency Consequences and is currently working for Superflux.
Natalie Kane [United Kingdom], is Curator of Digital Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and co-curator of Haunted Machines, a long-term curatorial and research project on the narratives of magic and hauntings pervading our relationship with technology. Natalie has guest lectured at London College of Communications and Design Academy Eindhoven, is a Visiting Tutor at the Instituto de Europea Design (Barcelona) and previously taught at Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound (Brussels).
Rami Tareef [Israel] is a product designer and design lecturer. His works are researching and challenging the borders between new and old, tradition and technology, through varied design tools and conceptual paradigms. His creation process articulating the interdependence of cultural and social values of east and west as to many other aspects of our material and non-material culture. This duologue uttered in designing everyday products that represent the hybrid identity of our multicultural contemporary life.
Sumantro Ghose is the Managing Director of the London Design Biennale. Prior to his appointment in December 2017, he was Exhibitions and Programmes Director at Etihad Museum, Dubai, and Director of International Programmes at Qatar Museums Authority. In the UK, he has worked and consulted for museums and institutions including Asia House, Tate and the National Portrait Gallery.