Design and architecture are anything but gratuitous. The new edition of FORMAT centres on this crucial insight. The laureates of the group exhibition are adopting an almost activist approach at Z33. With ground-breaking concepts, they challenge visitors to reconsider their attitudes to news, fashion, microbial clouds, herbal medicine, residual space, artificial intelligence, weaving techniques, ruins and radio masts. To this end, they have forged alliances with experts both within and outside their fields and they challenge us to rethink the classical methods of design.
Cream on Chrome (DAE, 4D-Newsroom), Amandine David (DAE, Weaving code), Matthijs De Block (Sint Lucas Antwerp conceptual advertising, Copy me, AI), Sophia Holst (KUL Brussels architecture, Forms of Public Privacy), Legrand Jäger (DAE, Karaoke booth), Flora Miranda (KASK Antwerp fashion, LaLaLand), Inès Leverrier Péborde (ISURU Brussels urban design, Neo-herbalism), Bert Villa (Sint Lucas Ghent architecture, A Reappropriation Of Man-Made Structures), Lukas Claessens (KUL Brussels architecture, Digitale artefacten).
FORMAT is the coaching trajectory organized by Z33 for new and promising talent working in design and architecture. Every year, several designers are given the opportunity to enhance their artistic practice and to share knowledge and networks with one another. After a year of intensive coaching, all the designs are brought together in a group exhibition. Time and space are essential components of this learning process, enabling the participants to explore boundaries and unconventional approaches. Z33 is a refuge where free experimentation, learning and failing come together.