The project Y, Designing Portugal
is based on the conviction that (design) schools are existential laboratories and observatories, focused on technology, sociology and the aesthetics of Design.
Inviting the 35 Portuguese design schools – public and private, Polytechnics and Universities, in mainland Portugal and the islands, with training in three stages of study – to participate in design critique shows over the past three years, this exhibition is split into two registers: self-representation of the 26 participating schools — an unfiltered exhibition of 142 projects received; curatorial representation of the exhibition — taxonomic selection of 60 illustrative projects.
The set of 60 projects is a synopsis of thinking in Design, revealing the relevance and contribution of each of the schools represented here by its students and teachers, illustrating the concerns of 'Generation Y' (or Millennials
), but also of the ontology of Design itself which, as with drawing, is based on the convergence between a designer (a singular or collective author), a means of production (technology) and a desire or purpose (programme).
Schools are, perhaps, the biggest and most fertile critical resource for research and development in Design, combining it with the reality of each territory and culture. It has, therefore, been mainly in schools and by schools, that production of knowledge in Design has been passed on, as this biennale will demonstrate: the Porto Design Biennale also began in a school.
The community of schools brings together very different groups: Students who are the living emergence of society; the teachers who learn alongside them; and the organisations that welcome them, integrating them into the social and economic community. That is why it is in schools that you most feel the tensions of the new millennium. That is why it is in schools that you better feel the heartbeat of the meaning of Design, polarised in the areas of technology, sociology and aesthetics:
In these three areas, schools of design in this new millennium have different responses to the social, economic and cultural crisis, and reaffirm Design as a discipline, or increasingly as un-discipline, in a collective effort to design for the future.
Universidade de Aveiro — Departamento de Comunicação e Arte
ESAD — Escola Superior de Artes e Design de Matosinhos
ESAN — Escola Superior de Design, Gestão e Tecnologia de Produção de Aveiro-Norte
Universidade do Minho, Escola de Arquitectura
Universidade de Évora — Escola de Artes
Universidade do Minho — Escola de Engenharia
Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco — Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria — Escola Superior de Artes e Design
Instituto Politécnico de Bragança — Escola Superior de Comunicação, Administração e Turismo de Mirandela — Instituto Politécnico do Cávado e do Ave Escola Superior de Design
Instituto Politécnico de Bragança — Escola Superior de Educação de Bragança
Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra — Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra
Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre — Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão
Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo — Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão
Instituto Politécnico de Viseu — Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Viseu
Instituto Politécnico do Porto — ESMAD, Escola Superior de Media Artes e Design
Universidade de Lisboa — Faculdade de Arquitetura
Universidade da Madeira — Faculdade de Artes e Humanidades
Universidade da Beira Interior — Faculdade de Artes e Letras
Universidade de Lisboa — Faculdade de Belas-Artes
Universidade do Porto — Faculdade de Belas-Artes
Universidade de Coimbra — Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
IADE — Faculdade de Design, Tecnologia e Comunicação, Universidade Europeia
Universidade Lusíada Norte, Porto — Faculdade de Arquitectura e Artes
Universidade Lusíada Norte, Famalicão — Faculdade de Arquitectura e Artes
Universidade Lusíada Lisboa — Faculdade de Arquitectura e Artes
Design Gráfico e Expositivo United by Design, Miguel Palmeiro
22.11—23.02.2020, opening 7 pm
Galeria Municipal, Matosinhos