Interview with designer Kinga German (KG), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Sustainable Identities Site Specific Space Installation.

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Interview with Kinga German at Friday 20th of May 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
KG : Sustainability, Participation, Mobility

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
KG : We wanted to achieve visitors attention and their particiaption. In connection with Cseke’s mobile objects I am speaking about a "conceptual model". By combining identity and sustainability, I envisioned an associative space for the visitors. Movement, electric light and the fabric of reusable translucent PVC foil tubes form the exhibition space, which refers to collective and individual identity formations. Cseke’s constructions exhibited in the pavilion and the new art video on the website do not provide naïve, didactic, conclusive answers and solutions. They can only subtly suggest that rigidly formulated identities that exclude others and disregard the fragility of our environment in all likelihood are not sustainable…

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
KG : We would like to realise similar projects in concrete spaces.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
KG : Four months.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
KG : It was an application for the Hungarian Pavilion. The open competition was announced in autumn of 2014 by the Ministry of Human Capacities. The members of the jury were artist and curators.

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
KG : No, we do not want to sell our installation and the elements of the inner courtyard.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
KG : Our way of thinking and working.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
KG : yes.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
KG : The visitors.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
KG : Being up-to date (migration, identity formations, sustainability).

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
KG : With the title "All the World’s Futures", Okwui Enwezor, head curator of the 56th International Art Exhibition, invited the participating countries and their artists to examine possible future prospects of the world. In this context, artist Szilárd Cseke and me, the curator dealed with the fundamentals.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
KG : Cooperation, Communication, Inclusive design, Designcommunication, etc.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
KG : It was site specific, it made visitors to find personalised "answers" in the comprehensive structure of the exhibition. It was not the artist or the curator who presented the visitors with differents identity constuctions, but the visitor him or herself who choosed one by accident or by his exercising the freedom of choice.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
KG : Students and professors of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest; Authors/Researcher from different countries.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
KG : For example to realise moving (with fans, electric lights) also on a long spread foil-road.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
KG : Researches about sustainability and identities constructions.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
KG : Objects of the particiaptory space.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
KG : Spontaneous

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
KG : It was a hard job to keep up with the time, but it was fascinating to work with students!