The exhibition, Critical Tide, will bring together projects and works exploring design, the seas, and the possibility of making a difference through research, activism and community-based approaches to practice. The exhibition is the product of a multidisciplinary team: Julia Lohmann, Pirjo Haikola, Gillian Russell and Gero Grundmann. It will open in time for Helsinki Design Week in September. ‘Design Club Open Call’ is a three-year project involving the search for impressive new exhibition material. The theme of this year’s ‘call’ was critical design.

Design Club Open Call is a three-year series of exhibitions seeking impressive content and giving firms and companies an opportunity to support new creative developments in design. Opening in September 2019, the Design Club Open Call exhibition will be a project chosen through an open application process. The Open Call of 2019 is the second one in the series and it includes a grant of €10,000 for production costs. This year’s theme is Critical Design. Critical design applies the tools of design to pose questions and to challenge conventional ways of thought. It encourages alternative views and imagined possibilities, moving on from commercial mechanisms and criticising them. The purpose of critical design is to increase our awareness of social, cultural and ethical issues. The winner will be chosen in January 2019 and announced during the spring.

photo: Noortje Knulst