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26.12.2019

Lang: «The identity of Argentine design is very defined but only few people are able to pinpoint it, since it is often searched for on the surface, when it resides in the productive process, within a shared way of making things that identifies us»

The coordinator of the Creative Industries Market Design (MICA) sector, Germán Lang, warns us about the consequences of focusing exclusively on developing design projects without considering such concepts as cultural economy and knowledge and forgetting to create management areas and sites that enable professional reflection.

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Lang: «The identity of Argentine design is very defined but only few people are able to pinpoint it, since it is often searched for on the surface, when it resides in the productive process, within a shared way of making things that identifies us»

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Gallardo: « I don't think collective identity is a required condition for design production, but it is a fundamental trait of memory, conceived as both a support and a compilation of acquired knowledge and personal experiences»
26.12.2019
Gallardo: « I don't think collective identity is a required condition for design production, but it is a fundamental trait of memory, conceived as both a support and a compilation of acquired knowledge and personal experiences»

Architect, designer, and professor Jonny Gallardo explains why the obsessive search for a particular identity may lead to the exclusion of key elements that constitute society and its history.

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Mercé: «If design can’t be one step ahead of what we experience as a society, then it will hardly be of any use, and, consequently, will not be appreciated»
01.12.2019
Mercé: «If design can’t be one step ahead of what we experience as a society, then it will hardly be of any use, and, consequently, will not be appreciated»

The architect, journalist, and editor Cayetana Mercé, discusses the importance of reviewing official design narratives and demanding long term public policies aimed at effectively consolidating national production.

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Cambariere: «In Argentina, design is still regarded as something frivolous, related to trends and fashions»
01.12.2019
Cambariere: «In Argentina, design is still regarded as something frivolous, related to trends and fashions»

The writer, cultural manager, and journalist specialized in design, Luján Cambariere, analyses the link between Argentine society and design, while elaborating upon the power of the discipline to transform reality.

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De Loof at the Modern Museum
27.11.2019
De Loof at the Modern Museum

By the end of November, the exhibition “Sergio De Loof: Have you heard about me?” will open at the Modern Museum. This will be the first exhibit devoted to review the career of the artist, one of the most provocative and multifaceted Argentine creators.

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–I–D–A at the 2019 TDMG
31.10.2019
–I–D–A at the 2019 TDMG

–I–D–A Foundation will participate in one of the most important Latin American design festivals by interviewing Martín Churba and Bondi Group, who will share the ideas and experiences that constitute their respective projects.

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Lebendiker: «At some point, design became a cult object detached from the needs of specific social actors, groups, and communities»
30.10.2019
Lebendiker: «At some point, design became a cult object detached from the needs of specific social actors, groups, and communities»

Adrián Lebendiker, founder and former director of the Metropolitan Center for Design (CMD), analizes from his cross-disciplinary perspective the implications of innovations within the fields of project development and entrepreneurship.

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 Devalle: «Professional training with an approach to climate change is an imperative need, more so if we acknowledge that the production process has an environmental impact»
30.10.2019
Devalle: «Professional training with an approach to climate change is an imperative need, more so if we acknowledge that the production process has an environmental impact»

Sociologist and design academic Verónica Devalle debates the notion of “identity” within material culture, evaluates the relevance of having a historical perspective, and identifies the future challenges that the discipline will face.

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Material ideas: Argentine Art and Design from the 60’s
07.10.2019
Material ideas: Argentine Art and Design from the 60’s

Co-edited by IDA Foundation and Malba, this book provides an insight into the aesthetics, practices, and actors that defined an era through the combination of hundreds of unique images, first-hand accounts, and analysis by renowned specialists and theoreticians.

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Sarale: «We barely know anything about the contributions design has given to society in terms of knowledge; patrimonial archives make visible and show the value of those contributions»
27.09.2019
Sarale: «We barely know anything about the contributions design has given to society in terms of knowledge; patrimonial archives make visible and show the value of those contributions»

Luis Sarale, a Mendoza native designer and professor, highlights the impact of new technologies and territorial work in the development of professional profiles that tackle current social and economic challenges.

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Valdivia: «Political borders in maps cannot entrap design; in fact, design pre-dates the concept of ‘nation’. I can admire the shapes of a wichí weave... It existed before Argentina was even constituted and it certainly was design»
27.09.2019
Valdivia: «Political borders in maps cannot entrap design; in fact, design pre-dates the concept of ‘nation’. I can admire the shapes of a wichí weave... It existed before Argentina was even constituted and it certainly was design»

The co-founder of Mar del Plata’s mega-encounter TRImarchi DG, reviews several implications of design, its evolutionary paths, and its boundaries.

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Baldomá: «Design reflects the social fabric and its industrial, technological, cultural, and human development; not preserving it would lead us to deny our identity»
28.08.2019
Baldomá: «Design reflects the social fabric and its industrial, technological, cultural, and human development; not preserving it would lead us to deny our identity»

Gabriela Baldomá, Preservation and Restoration consultant for IDA Foundation, reveals the importance of preserving processes and project records of great masters in order to produce innovative ideas.

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Torrado: «It would be amazing to have a place that exclusively displayed all facets of design and its agenda: it would show the field’s value in terms of its quality, history, and cultural influence»
28.08.2019
Torrado: «It would be amazing to have a place that exclusively displayed all facets of design and its agenda: it would show the field’s value in terms of its quality, history, and cultural influence»

–I–D–A Foundation’s consultant in the area of Architectural Design explains the importance of using “common sense” when designing and reflects about the relevance of design collections as a tool to understand the motivations and interests behind each production.

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Barañao: «Our designer's talent is renowned, we must value it and turn it into an asset to boost the economic development of our country»
23.07.2019
Barañao: «Our designer's talent is renowned, we must value it and turn it into an asset to boost the economic development of our country»

Lino Barañao, the national Minister of Science and Technology, shares his vision about the new ways of conceiving the discipline and the relevance of “design knowledge”.

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González: «There is not one, unique ‘Argentine design’, there are, however, points of intersection and common belonging that don’t mimic design trends from abroad and usually combine origin and innovation»
22.07.2019
González: «There is not one, unique ‘Argentine design’, there are, however, points of intersection and common belonging that don’t mimic design trends from abroad and usually combine origin and innovation»

The Minister of Innovation and Culture of the province of Santa Fe, María de los Ángeles “Chiqui” González, shares her views about diversity within design identity and its key role as a tool for socio-cultural change.

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Samar: «Having left behind ‘mandated proposals’, the design that is currently created in Argentina validates and reveals itself as a product of the diversity that inhabits our territory»
01.07.2019
Samar: «Having left behind ‘mandated proposals’, the design that is currently created in Argentina validates and reveals itself as a product of the diversity that inhabits our territory»

The Cordoba native architect, teacher, and researcher, Lidia Samar, analyzes the complex relationship established among the educational, professional, and productive fields.

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Oropel: «IDA Foundation fills a previously existing void and will certainly become the Museum of Argentine Design in the near future»
01.07.2019
Oropel: «IDA Foundation fills a previously existing void and will certainly become the Museum of Argentine Design in the near future»

The architect, designer, and cultural manager Julio Oropel explains the relevance of understanding design in a comprehensive way, while discussing the future challenges the discipline will face.

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Cervini: «If we aim to enhance the value of current Argentine design, standing on top of its foundations can provide immense enrichment»
30.05.2019
Cervini: «If we aim to enhance the value of current Argentine design, standing on top of its foundations can provide immense enrichment»

Analía Cervini, operations manager of Buenos Aires Creative Industries, analyzes the scope of design as a strategic tool in value building processes.

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Sauret: «In Argentina, we still need to broaden our understanding of design and think about more comprehensive and transformative aims, both tangible and intangible»
30.05.2019
Sauret: «In Argentina, we still need to broaden our understanding of design and think about more comprehensive and transformative aims, both tangible and intangible»

Bea Sauret, Director of Design Management and Productive Innovation of the National Ministry of Production and Labor, analyzes the importance of articulating public and private actors with scholars in order to improve the quality and competitiveness of national production.

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Fernández: «History is the beginning of theory, its review and appraisal is essential to expand the contents of project narratives»
01.05.2019
Fernández: «History is the beginning of theory, its review and appraisal is essential to expand the contents of project narratives»

Silvia Fernández, renowned researcher and editor, speaks about how necessary it is for the scientific community to have open access to archives and collections in order to both build and deconstruct knowledge.

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Chaves: «Patrimonial collections and archives safeguard the ‘cultural legacy’ of the new generations of specialists: design archives are (or should be) the ‘libraries’ of designers»
01.05.2019
Chaves: «Patrimonial collections and archives safeguard the ‘cultural legacy’ of the new generations of specialists: design archives are (or should be) the ‘libraries’ of designers»

Norberto Chaves, essayist, professor, and consultant specialized in project culture, gave us his point of view about the significance of design and its legacy within social, cultural, and productive contexts.

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Saulquin and Tarelli: «The task of a museum is to give new meanings to the past in order to build, on that ground, planned future actions.»
29.03.2019
Saulquin and Tarelli: «The task of a museum is to give new meanings to the past in order to build, on that ground, planned future actions.»

Susana Saulquin and Kika Tarelli, driving forces behind the positioning of Argentine apparel, reflected upon the relevance of patrimony for the production of historical narratives that reveal social habits and traditions.

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Kogan: «Due to lack of interest, texts, cultural assets, art collections, and elements that give account of our history are permanently lost»
07.03.2019
Kogan: «Due to lack of interest, texts, cultural assets, art collections, and elements that give account of our history are permanently lost»

Interviewed by –I–D–A Foundation, the cultural manager and international consultant, Hugo Kogan, examined the history of design in Argentina and asserted the urgency to recover and protect the patrimony.

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Fontana: «Collections and archives assembled abroad ratify the importance of documenting the profession’s evolution as a main cultural factor of developing societies»
07.03.2019
Fontana: «Collections and archives assembled abroad ratify the importance of documenting the profession’s evolution as a main cultural factor of developing societies»

In a conversation with –I–D–A Foundation, the renowned Argentinian graphic designer and printer Rubén Fontana reviewed different design icons and evaluated the role played by the State, institutions, and private actors in the protection of cultural patrimony.

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–I–D–A Foundation public launch
15.02.2019
–I–D–A Foundation public launch

After six years of labor, Argentina's main institution in charge of recovering, interpreting, displaying, and enhancing the value of national design launched its platform; a tool meant to encourage communication and interaction among the community of designers, researchers, and the general public.

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Homage to Frank Memelsdorff at the BID
26.11.2018
Homage to Frank Memelsdorff at the BID

A video paying homage to the design professional, who was one of the most important creators and cultural managers in the Ibero-American region, as a part of the Frank Memelsdorff Enterprises and Design award ceremony. The honoree was also consultant in the Theory and Management area of –I–D–A Foundation.

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Oscar Masotta. Theory as action
09.11.2018
Oscar Masotta. Theory as action

After touring through Mexico City and Barcelona, the exhibition about the Argentinian semiologist and researcher arrived to Remembrance Park in Buenos Aires, curated by Ana Longoni and produced by the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

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Historical review of Argentine Design in the 2017 SBD Catalogue
30.09.2017
Historical review of Argentine Design in the 2017 SBD Catalogue

With images provided by –I–D–A Foundation, the Argentine official design award Sello de Buen Diseño (SBD) incorporated in its 7th edition catalogue a text that reviews iconic cases of national design.

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–I–D–A Foundation is among fourteen institutions recognized by the Cisneros Collection
17.10.2016
–I–D–A Foundation is among fourteen institutions recognized by the Cisneros Collection

In a research paper published in the section “Citations and Places” of the Cisneros Collection magazine, Laura Braverman analyzes fourteen institutes devoted to the protection and value activation of Latin American cultural patrimony.

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Argentine furniture design and production 1930-1970
30.11.2015
Argentine furniture design and production 1930-1970

Martha Levisman presented her latest book, published by Argentina's Contemporary Architecture Archive (ARCA), about one of the golden periods of Argentine industrial design.

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Material ideas: art and design in the 60's
01.10.2015
Material ideas: art and design in the 60's

The publication is based on the academic conferences held during the “Polesello joven. 1954-1974” exhibition at the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (Malba), which analyzed the connections between art and design during the 1960's in Argentina.

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IDI. Departure point
21.11.2013
IDI. Departure point

The exhibition marked the beginning of a group research aimed at protecting, consolidating, and showcasing the original material held by the Industrial Design Institute (IDI). It took place at Rosario's Castagnino Museum as a part of the exhibition XII Salón Diario La Capital and enjoyed the support of the Diario La Capital Foundation.

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