21st Trienniale Di Milano: A Presentation by Andrea Cancellato, Director-General

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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 10:30pm

21st Century. Design After Design

Andrea Cancellato, Director-General of Triennale di Milano will be in Toronto to announce the opening of Triennale’s “XXI International Exhibition 21st Century. Design After Design”, on display from April 2nd 2016 through September 12th, 2016.

The Triennale di Milano is an international cultural institution for architecture, art, design, fashion and audio-visual productions, which organizes exhibitions and conferences and, once every three years, according to its Statute, its great International Exhibition.

In fact, since 1933, La Triennale di Milano is the only institution taking part - not as a Country - to the BIE, Bureau International des Expositions, an intergovernmental organization in charge of overseeing the calendar, the bidding, the selection, and the organization of World and International Expos all over the world.

20 years since the last Triennale, for five months, the Triennale di Milano will become the epicenter of the multidisciplinary events of the XXI International Exhibition in 2016, that will involve spaces both public and private from Milan to Monza.

Each Venue of the International Exhibition (La Triennale di Milano, Fabbrica del Vapore, HangarBicocca, Museo delle Culture, ex Stecca delle Acciaierie Ansaldo, Politecnico di Milano, Università IULM, Università degli Studi di Milano, Museo della Permanente Villa Reale di Monza) will have its own curator for a thematic exhibition. The International Exhibition will become a territorial laboratory for discussion and the creation of narratives, that will make it possible to portray new forms of expression, allowing all participants to interact with visitors.

The subject of the Exhibition focuses on a very topical issue: “21st Century. Design after design”. Pioneer in the promotion of the arts and of projectual research, La Triennale has chosen a theme that involves the meaning and the role of design itself in a world that keeps on changing at an increasingly rapid pace. So, the purposes of the XXI International Exhibition are to investigate the spread of planning and design skills worldwide (from Europe to America, Asia and Africa) and the development of a global market, but also the multidisciplinarity of design, the evanescence of the boundaries between design, architecture, communication, visual arts and the new links and connections between different fields and domains.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto - 2nd floor, Room 230 
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Designers showcased at international Milan exhibition

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD University is the only Canadian post-secondary institution exhibiting at this month’s international Design to Feed the World show at Cumulus Milan 2015. The university is represented by five design-focused projects:  

  • Pillflowers – Professor Lynne Heller’s portrayal of the omnipresence and abundance of pharmaceuticals in contemporary life
  • Earthbag – An exploration – by Inclusive Design master’s student Rushmita Alam – of jute’s potential to replace plastics for preserving and transporting food
  • Come Eat With Us – The Material Art & Design program’s artistic reflection on the historical relationship with food and utensils
  • Ninutik – Professor Dianne Croteau and Richard Brault’s designs for maple-sugar food and related packaging
  • grOCAD – OCAD U’s student-led incubator for urban agricultural projects

OCAD U’s exhibition materials – pop-up pylons made of recyclable cardboard – were installed on site by Industrial Design student Tom Doughty. A member of grOCAD and a research assistant with the Digital Media, Research + Innovation Institute, Doughty was impressed by the range of the other exhibits inside Milan’s Fabbrica del Vapore. “It was great to see such high-calibre international work – from New York to Pretoria, and from across Europe. I was especially impressed by the theoretical sophistication of the European contributions, as well as the integration of urban and rural in many historic European cities, which bridges the divide between farm and city that’s often present in Canada.”

Design to Feed the World brings together projects by students and research teams from academic institutions that belong to Cumulus (the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media). The exhibition was inspired by Expo Milano 2015’s theme “Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life,” and sought to highlight the place of design in the broad world of nutrition. Because Canada did not have a presence at Expo Milano, OCAD U’s participation in Cumulus was a rare opportunity to feature Canadian innovations.