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Design Emergency

The second week of my new job, the 14th -16th September 2014 saw me in Sunny Port Macquarie to observe Design Emergency and High School workshops in action as part of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade.

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A change is in the air

It’s official: in 2015, Object will move in the City of Sydney’s Creative Hub at 101-110 William Street, Darlinghurst.

Object is set to take over the ground floor spaces, while the guys from HUB Sydney, Romance was Born and a selection of architects, designers and artists-in-residence occupy levels 1-3.

As we prepare for the move, we’re also getting ready for Object’s 50th year (and beyond) with new staff arrivals, a new creative vision, and programming bursting with creative stories from designers and makers across Australia.

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Being John Malkovich

For Sydney Design 2014 Object joined forces with FBI radio to produce Audio Design Museum, daily stories encouraging conversations about design in the city.

Alongside guest speakers, Object staff were lucky enough to get their 15minutes of fame on the airwaves which I happily put my hand up for.

Our topic for the day revolved around wearable technology, the territory of Narrative Clips, Go Pros, Fit-bits, Fundawear, Haptic footwear and the ubiquitous Google Glasses.

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Bob Greenberg: Design + Collaboration – the sum is greater than the parts

Last week Object: Australian Design Centre (associate member of the Australian Design Alliance) hosted a special early morning talk with digital visionary Bob Greenberg on his first visit to Australia. R/GA has recently opened a Sydney office http://www.rga.com/about/locations/sydney/

Greenberg spoke about how his company has transformed itself in nine year cycles over four decades to be what it is today an integrated marketing services company that creates everything from new products and digital services to social and mobile campaigns to broadcast commercials.  He says that they are proud to be blurring the lines between what was traditionally seen as advertising to now working with companies on software and product development and public relations to connect consumers with brands.

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The vibe of it

Dani is new to Sydney and the Object family and is one of our Gallery Assistants

The Object gallery has transformed this week and I’m loving the energy Idea Bombing Sydney has brought it.

Visit and you will find a space that may need a little explaining.  And that’s what I’m here for.  The lowdown, if you are wondering, is not a simple one, but it is interesting!  Idea Bombing is a worldwide movement.  Its not everywhere, however Sydney is lucky enough to have a group of passionate change-makers who want to give you a voice, a chance to contribute.  They want your ideas on a range of subjects - not your patent-pending million dollar design, more ‘What’s going to make this community better as a whole?’ kind of idea . 

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3 New Opportunities To Join Our Team

It’s an exciting time to be shaping a new direction for the Australian Design Centre and how it will manifest in the years ahead.

To reflect the breathtaking speed at which digital technologies are developing we are launching a dedicated Digital Media Marketing Coordinator role for the first time.

Another exciting addition to the team includes a new Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator that will be responsible for developing belonging, stickiness and connectivity with our audiences, supporters and design community.

We’re also looking for a design thinking catalyst for kids: A Learning Coordinator, to implement our 3-year education plan.

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A visit to Dubbo, with CUSP, cars, and a trip to hospital

The week before last I jumped on a plane and took the slightly-less-than-an-hour flight across the Great Dividing Range to land in Dubbo, a city of a little over 30,000 in the central west of New South Wales and famous around the country for the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. My purpose for travel had nothing to do with the zoo (though I did go as a child and have fond memories), but to visit the Western Plains Cultural Centre, a wonderful regional venue who are currently playing host to CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade.

As part of CUSP, I’ve been going around to each touring venue and recording insights from local design figures, capturing their thoughts on the creative program, and hopefully gleaning a little bit of value that the program brings to their area. In Sydney I chatted to Jess Scully while the program was at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, and in Adelaide I spoke to Tim Horton at JamFactory. In Dubbo, WPCC curator Kent Buchanan put me in touch with Mark Nugent, a coachbuilder specialising in vintage and antique car restoration and construction.

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Idea Bombing Coming Along Splendidly

Things are coming along splendidly for when we throw open the doors to our Idea Bombing Sydney: The Gallery Edition. We have been really busy pulling together some of Sydney’s best new creative minds. We will be hearing from some of our esteemed Idea Bombing alumni and see how they’re going about re-shaping the city’s cultural identity. We are gathering the best in art, music, wine and design, opening the floor to the public in forums of discussion, and doing all we can to let people fully inhabit the space we are constructing. We have a lot in store for all of our visitors and we are looking forward to expanding the Idea Bombing family.

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Installing Lola Greeno At QVMAG

What a day it has been here at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston. The University of Tasmania students who have been part of the furniture production for the Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels exhibition which opens here this Friday ahead of coming to Object at the end of August, have been bringing into the gallery space all the components that make up this unusual yet evocative display furniture designed by Stephen Goddard of project two.
The installation video and the narrative video are now installed and all we are waiting for is the arrival of the works in their lime washed Tasmanian oak display cases.

Check out the photos form the install so far or listen to Lola’s stories here.

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And It’s A Wrap!

After months of preparation our Designers’ Den had its day on the Vivid Ideas stage.
Four lots of contestants from UNSW, COFA, and Billy Blue - performed our own live designer version of Dragons Den.
With the view of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as the backdrop, the contestants pitched their little hearts out and were dished out some intense feedback and critiquing.
Laughs came courtesy of our gameshow host with the most, comedian Mark Humphries.

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TOURING EXHIBITION

Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design

BLUE MOUNTAINS CULTURAL CENTRE KATOOMBA, NSW. 25 JULY - 21 SEPTEMBER 2014

An exhibition of the most compelling works from 12 designers from the highly acclaimed “Workshopped” exhibitions held in Sydney. Workshopped has discovered, nurtured and launched the careers of...
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TOURING EXHIBITION

HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics

QUEEN VICTORIA MUSEUM & ART GALLERY LAUNCESTON, TAS, 9 AUGUST - 12 OCTOBER 2014

A provocative and engaging exhibition of work by Australian artists using clay in unexpected and surprising ways, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics highlights the versatility of this time-honoured...
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TOURING EXHIBITION

Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels

HAWKESBURY REGIONAL GALLERY, NSW. 17 October – 7 December, 2014

Lola Greeno: Cultural Jewels is the eighth in our Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Our first Indigenous Living Treasure, Greeno is a shellworker and artist from Tasmania, whose...
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TOURING EXHIBITION

CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade

GLASSHOUSE, PORT MACQUARIE NSW. 12 SEPTEMBER - 12 OCTOBER 2014

Over the last number of years Object: Australian Design Centre has explored many notions of design. From Freestyle: new Australian design for living in 2006 to HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics in...
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WOOD: art design architecture

18 OCTOBER – 29 NOVEMBER 2014

WOOD: art design architecture explores innovative and outstanding uses of wood in contemporary Australian art, design and architecture. It is the result of a collaboration between two iconic South...
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WOOD: art design architecture - In Conversation

Thursday, 23 October 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Object's own Head of Programs Claire McCaughan is set to go head-to-head with a selection of the designers showcased in
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WOOD: art design architecture - Open Studio Visit: Stephen vs Stephen

Saturday, 15 November 2014 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm

As part of our current program WOOD: art design architecture, we are extending the reach of the...
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WOOD: art design architecture - Open House Tour: Part I

Saturday, 22 November 2014 from 10:30am to 12:00pm

As part of our current program WOOD: art design architecture, we are extending the reach of the...
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WOOD: art design architecture - Open House Tour: Part II

Saturday, 22 November 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

As part of our current program WOOD: art design architecture, we are extending the reach of the...
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