De/posium is an open international platform for exchanging knowledge on the current state of design, art, science and on research projects with a strong focus on material, processes, sustainability, democracy, social contexts, and new economic models. The themes are not only referring to the design sector but are also of significant interest for other disciplines.
Since 2018 a constantly changing and evolving group of mainly material researching designers and artists from Europe and beyond met in Banska Stiavnica / Slovakia to exchange their experiences of their work life and the challenges that come with it. Initiated by Marlene Huissoud and Vlasta Kubušová in 2018 the project started as an open gathering in which the group developed discussion topics about education, communication, sustainability and work. The same year Alice Ossola joined the group co-producer of the event.
The conversations unfolded the gaps, missing links and partly precarious situations behind the public images of socio-ecological responsible aiming professions. In 2019 Seetal Solanki, Alice Ossola and Lilo Viehweg joined the concept and organisation team of the second workshop.
Together with a group of 15 designers and researchers the conversations were extended through - and thus also about - collaborative practices. The result such as material installations, questions, performances and the documentation of the process were shown in a travelling exhibition at the Banska Stanica Artist Space in Banska Stiavnica, The Slovak Design Center in Bratislava and MAK Vienna.
The aim of the platform is to think about the role of the designer. The impact of the working group is happening in the form of intensive workshops, exhibition In-Berween (2019 - Banská Štiavnica, Bratislava, Wien) and planned publication (2021). The group lead and inicialized by Vlasta Kubušová and colleagues is visualizing the thinking about the environment, need of product design and inovation as such as well as new theories of design.
Deposium is planning to to create a compendium of different narratives by the Deposium participants of 2018-2020 on how to work in the field of design after university - with the working title "our personal recipes.
De/posium 2020, participants: Merle Ibach, Katharina Berger, Hanna Wiesner, Sophia Guggenberger, Verena Michels, William Bagnoli, Nicole Perez, Michala Lipková, Corinne Dehn, Erik Šimšík, Lilo Viehweg, Alice Ossola, William Skeaping, Kristína Šipulováauthor: De/posium