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Issue 40
November 2016


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Award for the Adhocracy exhibition

The Adhocracy exhibition hosted at the Onassis Cultural Centre last year from 29 April to 4 July 2015 recently received an ADI Culture Award 2016 in Spain. This brand new award is recognition of not just the exhibition itself but also the open process via which the exhibition was conceived and organised.

The ADI Culture Award is intended to stimulate public recognition of projects in the world of design and culture that help promote and modernise product design in social and conceptual terms, or projects that offer incentives for dialogue, idea-sharing and activities in that sector.

Since 1961 ADI-FAD has been hosting the Delta Awards for Best Products, while since 1976 it has also been conferring ADI Medals on the best industrial design graduate projects. 2016 was the first year it launched the ADI Culture Awards. ADI-FAD is a division of Fostering Arts and Design (FAD), a private, independent, non-profit organisation geared to promoting design and architecture in a country’s cultural and economic life.

The Adhocracy exhibition in Athens was the continuation of research initiated at the Istanbul 1st Design Biennial in 2012, curated by Joseph Grima, with Ethel Baraona Pohl, Elian Stefa and Pelin Tan in the roles of associate curators. Adhocracy has also been hosted in New York at the New Museum (2013) and in London at Lime Wharf (2013). Panos Dragonas came on-board as co-curator for the Athenian version of Adhocracy and the exhibition grew with the involvement of numerous Greek artists and designers, such as Maria Papadimitriou, Valentina Karga, and the FabAthens platform whose curator is Dimitris Papalexopoulos.

Two Hackathons on the subject of Urban Design Fiction were held during the exhibition along with a symposium on ‘Making Objects/Making the Commons’, while the Athens Adhocracy Reader was also published and provided free of charge.

Adhocracy’s spirit is a call to action aimed at changing the system, changing the way in which we make things. Embracing open code design and placing particular emphasis on the idea of the commons in production processes, the exhibition also reflects a major challenge: how to be consistent overall.

All members of the Adhocracy team decided to make it an ever-evolving exhibition. The new, revised version of Adhocracy in Athens focused on the act of disclosure as a social function that allows knowledge-based, resource sharing networks and communities to be set up. Which is why the Adhocracy team used a Creative Commons 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) licence for the entire exhibition: For everything from the curators’ choices, to the works themselves (which had to be in open code), to the design of the exhibition and its graphics/artwork.

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