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Design Shanghai @Xintiandi Design Festival 2024

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Location:Shanghai Xintiandi Area
5 - 26 June, 2024

The 2024 Design Shanghai @Xintiandi Design Festival is set to take place from the 5th to the 26th of June. This year's festival will revolve around the theme of "Hybrid Playground". We eagerly anticipate a diverse array of creative minds coming together to make this festival a landmark event in the city's design landscape.

2024 Design Festival Theme:
Hybrid Playground

About Playground

The relationship between festivals and play is, as it should be, very close. Both announce the stagnation of (or a break from) ordinary life; both are, for the most part, dominated by joy and pleasure; both are bound by time and space; and both combine strict rules with true freedom.

The Xintiandi Design Festival, now in its eighth year, provides designers a “playground” where they can “play” with fun, freedom, and experimentation outside of their daily practice. Furthermore, this is where the public can enjoy their very own "playtime", escaping the routines of urban life and expressing their creativity.

About Hybrid

On the one hand, almost all industries are experiencing a rapid and profound transformation brought about by digital change, which is upsetting the balance and blurring the boundaries between different industries. Boundaries in the traditional sense are no longer boundaries.

On the other hand, the significance of interdisciplinary research has become more and more important in the context of expanding knowledge boundaries, coupled with the rapid development of contemporary science and technology. This relates to how we can navigate our way through the diverse agendas of modern society, as we research how different disciplines intersect, merge, and converge.

Design, as a means of collaboration and connection between different disciplinary backgrounds, such as Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, Biology, Physics and Medicine, can provide an open space and time for all to engage with each other more freely. This way we will be able to string together and realise these very imaginations and creativity, which are otherwise difficult to achieve in their original disciplines. All collaborators will inject fresh vigor into "design" with content domains and rules from their own disciplines, breaking down boundaries even further.

2024 Curators

YAN Mi

YAN Mi

Omnimedia Editorial Director and Publisher of ELLE DECORATION CHINA, Curator, Producer

Simone Chen

Simone Chen

Founder of Vestibule Consulting & Little-Known, Guest editor of OuiArt, Executive Editor of Shanghai Articles, Columnist, Curator, Senior Media Professional

Haijie Hu

Haijie Hu

Pioneering interdisciplinary designer, new media artist, trailblazer in the realm of hybrid narrative and spatial experiences, Practicing Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Co-Founder of VAVE STUDIO

LIU Kai

LIU Kai

Founder of RIGI Design, Director of QINDGAO PROJECT, Master’s Advisor at Donghua University, Master’s Advisor at Royal College of Art

Join Us!

What We're Looking For:

We hope to see participants of this year's Design Festival using Xintiandi Design Festival as a playground for their creativity!

  • Explore Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations: Embrace interdisciplinary, cross-industry, and cross-border cooperation.
  • Break Established Forms: Aim for diverse content presentation like "Installation + X", such as "Installation + Performance", "Installation + Talk", etc.
  • Step Out of the Conventional Time Narrative: Envision the history and future of the Xintiandi venue beyond the usual timeline.

Registration Information:

Please send your company/work introduction, personal profile, and contact information to the email addresses above. Alternatively, add the WeChat account designinthecity and send the required information (please leave the note when adding: Xintiandi Design Festival Registration + Company/Designer Name).

Videos & Photo Gallery

Videos & Photo Gallery

Xintiandi Design Festival Map

Xintiandi Design Festival Map

Installations

Installations