Exhibition of students and fresh graduates from the UMPRUM Studio of Product Design at Design September in Brussels.
September 6th – 30th, 2018
Prague House, Avenue Palmerston 16, Brussels, Belgium
The Studio of Product Design of the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague will for the seventh time present at Design September in Brussels. This time they have prepared a playful installation full of machines and traditionally manufactured mechanical devices.
In this current era of expanding computer proficiency and programs, students are getting better tools and opportunities that open up new creative spaces. However, it is understandable that the focus on virtual reality often means a loss of craft and dexterity but above all, the loss of contact with the production environment.
“By returning to analog technology, drawing, sketching and modeling in different types of workshops, we wanted to encourage students' to have a sensitivity to materials and an understanding of historical contexts. Our presentation focuses on the mechanical propulsion of various products and art objects”, explains Jan Neměček one of the leading professors in the department.
The students of the Studio of Product Design of the Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague took on the assignment with great enthusiasm and creativity. They created clocks, gramophones, toys, and moving sculptures that use the "insides" of old alarm clocks, sewing machines, and mechanical wind-up toys.
“We believe in playfulness but also the brutal aesthetics of machines that can help us expand our virtual horizons. For this exhibition, we also focused on collaborating with manufacturers, for example, the legendary and world-renowned Hi-Fi technology of SEV Litovel was used to create the students' Bachelor's degree program gramophones. Petr Vykoukal and Matěj Coufal got the interest of an Austrian distributor, Pro-Ject Audio systems, which has been a long-standing partner of the SEV Litovel turntable company ", says Michal Froněk the second leading professor.
Johana Němečková's diploma project of outdoor seatting furniture for the company Meyto presented at this year’s Design September is another project that used an analogue production process. Her style, the technology used, and the muted palette, already gained attention while it was presented during the summer at the UMPRUM school exhibition.
Dominik Novák from the first year created a ready-made object from an old mechanical gramophone that functions with the help of a handle. His race car track returns us a few decades back to a time when children played in the "real" world.
Last but certainly not least, visitors can get a"taste" the design of Jakub Jarcovják, who designed a portable grill for Ambiente, it is inspired by traditional open fire cooking.
Once again in a nutshell! Mechanical.
The Mechanical Exhibition will take place with the support of the Prague City Hall, the Prague House in Brussels and the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague within the framework of the Brussels Design September Festival.
Exhibiting: Aneta Honzová, Petr Vykoukal, Kateřina Kučerová, Matěj Coufal, Dominik Novák, Natálie Navrátilová, Johana Němečková, Aleš Kachlík, and Jakub Jarcovják
Exhibition Curators: Jan Němeček and Michal Froněk
Architectural design of the exhibition: Štěpán Smetana and Natálie Navrátilová
Graphic work: Simona Koutná and Anežka Minaříková
Photography: Peter Fabo