Design Month Graz will bring the performance spectrum of the design scene to the fore for a month, promoting regional, national and international networking.
From May 8 to June 7, 2021, a dense and diverse program will be presented in the Austrian UNESCO City of Design. Exhibitions, lectures, workshops, presentations and guided tours bring the value and meaning of design to the public. It puts the city in a state of exception in which design can be perceived everywhere.
Design Month Graz 2021 focuses its program on the topic “Better Future”.
There is a growing sense of global unease. Certainties are melting like polar icebergs. The planet is being put to the test and humanity is in danger of living in a hothouse. The climate emergency is civilisation’s biggest challenge to date. If we want a future better than the dark prognoses, a radical rethinking needs to happen. Our fossil-based economy needs to be transformed into a low carbon society. This vital change will affect all areas of our lives and require economic and social processes to be redesigned. Entirely new approaches to production and consumption, mobility, work and housing demand the highest possible level of creative thinking.
We therefore need our designers to not only share their thinking processes and methods, but also provide specific contributions. Design Month Graz 2021 focuses on how design can offer solutions and possibilities for a better future. To what extent do designers see themselves as being responsible for providing answers? Vilém Flusser said that the future is above all a question of design – and we agree.