Depot Basel at Design Date

Published: 17.09.2014

Victoria & Albert Museum
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, United Kingdom

Working in design means constantly looking for opportunities that come through others. A designer seeks a producer, a curator hunts for a designer, a production company searches a designer and vice versa. We all look for collaborators to define and anchor our creative ambitions. How can a compliment or adulation manipulate us to make a final decision to work with someone? And how do our ego and expectations deal with the impact and results of such actions?

Emulating a live episode of the popular TV show ‘Blind Date’, Depot Basel aims to illustrate how the game show format can be used to re-think the standard talk. For DESIGN DATE, a series of figures from the design scene are invited on stage, engaging in similar mechanics as the game show to find what they are looking for.

By applying a critical twist to the entertaining and humorous format, Depot Basel wants to reflect how to charm and being charmed can be an active part of our professional lives.

With: Brent Dzekciorius, Jana Scholze, Clea Irving
Designers: Jacopo Sarzi, Loris & Livia, Oskar Wanless & Attua Aparicio , Hilda Hellström, Marjan van Aubel, Studio Swine, Reinier Bosch & Carolina Wilcke,

Concept: adaptation of the TV show Blind Date (30 November 1985 to 31 May 2003)
Music: Tijuana Postcard by Crispin Cioe
Videos: Robert Andriessen
Voice: Tom Astrella
Costumes: designers own
Assistance: Eva Feldkamp, Josh Bitelli, Craig Barrow
Technical support: Victoria & Albert Museum

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