Other initiatives in action during the autumn of 2022
Lighting installation in Agora Valencia
The creative studio Radiante Lab has designed the Agora Valencia light installation with the aim of highlighting the architecture of the space, creating a connection with citizens, energy efficiency and sustainability. It is a massive, immersive piece of light art that pays tribute to design every night at 10 p.m., illuminating the Agora Valencia on the occasion of World Design Capital Valencia 2022.
The projections take the form of laser sculptures and evoke graphic and editorial design on the pavement of the Agora, which takes on three-dimensionality, generating elements with a solid appearance. This illusion of materiality makes it possible to construct a language with light that is understood by all audiences and appeals to participation and physical interaction. In the same sense, the design of the architectural lighting responds to the desire to enhance the value of the ceramic skin of the Agora. Radiante has chosen to light in such a way that the very arrangement of the elements generates the rhythm of chiaroscuro. A linear source of hard, highly concentrated light rises from the floor, which creates a texture rich in nuances and volumes.
Exhibition “Play with Design”
The Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània opens the doors of the exhibition “Play with Design” until 23 October. This initiative, curated by Milimbo, is an approach to design through play and is conceived as an itinerary that shows and provides materials with which to interact in a constant dialogue between play and design. Encouraging the visitor to take an active part in it as a creator, “Play with Design” sets out to show that design is not alien to anyone and that, in addition to being very present in our lives, it is a tool for learning and human development.
Exhibition “20 Years of Nude”
World Design Capital Valencia 2022, Feria Hábitat Valencia and Feria València are organizing an exhibition to showcase some twenty designs presented at the nude show over its two decades of existence: “Nude. 20 Years. 20 Designers”. The exhibition can be visited until 10 October at the Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània (CCCC) and brings together some twenty success stories that not only include the pieces produced but also the prototypes, sketches and models that were exhibited at Hábitat Valencia fair’s platform for new talent.
The selection committee, integrated by Pepe Cosín, Alejandro Benavent, Silvia Flórez and María Fontes, has taken into account the quality, level of innovation and diversity of the designs as the basic criteria. In its 20 years of existence, the Salón nude continues to be the national platform of reference for the internationalization of emerging design and is one of the great nurseries of Valencian talent.
Exhibition “Earth: a Retrospective” El Ultimo Grito and the Per Amor a l’Art Collection
Within the framework of World Design Capital Valencia 2022, the Fundació Per Amor a l’Art presents “Earth: A Retrospective”. The exhibition takes place at Bombas Gens Centre d’Art under the artistic direction of Sandra Guimarães and is an exhibition proposal conceived by El Ultimo Grito based on the Per Amor a l’Art Collection.
With this project, El Ultimo Grito looks at the Earth from an indeterminate point in a future space-time. A point where our memory of the Earth is broken and our only link to it is a collection of images where meaning and significance are blurred; where our gaze romanticizes them in narratives that seek to find meaning beyond their historicity. In the exhibition, on view until June 2023, design operates as a conceptual and material narrative as well as a creative device, outlining a kind of language of interlude and engaging in a dialogue that opens up a speculative approach to the nature of this collection and its individual works.
Cachetejack’s “Life Wins!” installation
The “Life Wins!” exhibition by Cachetejack, a duo of València-based illustrators formed by Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul, produced by the Jardí Botànic de la Universitat de València and World Design Capital Valencia 2022, can be visited until the 9th of October. This initiative is part of the actions to spread the values of the New European Bauhaus promoted by the European Commission with the aim of bringing the Green Pact to the places we live in and promoting a sustainable, inclusive and beautiful future for all. Some twenty exuberant and colorful images emerge from among the trees and plants in a sensory experience designed to be a celebration of the creative energy of nature in a living museum in the heart of the city.