Salon International

V&A Design Culture Salon in collaboration with Department of Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna

26 January 2017, 6pm- 8pm
Angewandte Innovation Lab, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Alt.Econ:  how does design create alternative economies in contemporary culture?


From BitCoin to Timebanks, the emergence of alternative systems of economic value and exchange represents a profound shift in contemporary culture. But what role has design played in delivering this change and what are the possibilities-and values- for thinking about alternative economics in contemporary design culture?

Chair:  Professor Guy Julier, Professor of Design Culture, University of Brighton and V&A / University of Brighton Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design. Author of Economies of Design, (Sage 2017).


Dr Martina Grunewald, Postdoctoral Researcher in Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Professor Alison Clarke, Chair of Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna and Director of the Victor J. Papanek Foundation, University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Dr Ozlem Savas, Assistant Professor, Bilkent University, Turkey

Matthias Tarasiewicz, new media artsist and technology theorist, co-founder of Research Institute for Arts and Technology



Shenzhen Design Culture Salon
Thursday 17 March, 2016, 3pm-4:30pm
Hosted by SZOIL
Sino-Finnish Design Park International Conference Room (B4-113, No.3 Shihua Road, Futian Bonded Area, Futian District)


What are the values of making and makerspaces?

This panel discussion opens up a cross-cultural dialogue between creative people and academics from China and the UK. It features a panel of experts from both countries and audience participation to discuss a number of questions including the following.

  • What are the past histories, current practices and future possibilities for making and makerspaces?
  • What value do they have for the design community?
  • What roles might they have in developing innovation, social change and sustainable living?
  • What new ideas about the meanings of creativity do makerspaces produce?

The Salon will last 90 minutes. Panellists will present their reflections on the topic and then open discussion will follow.


ChairProfessor Guy Julier, University of Brighton/Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Invited Panel (to be confirmed)

Professor Daniel Charny, Director of From Now On and Professor of Design, Kingston University, London
Nat Hunter, Director, The Machine Rooms, London
David Li, CEO, SZOIL
Lit Liao, Litchee Lab
Dr Justin Marshall, Associate Professor, Digital Craft, Falmouth University
This is a free event.
Further information in Chinese is available and booking can be made here.

Supported by Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council




Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab (SZOIL), established by Maker Collider and SIDA, is a space and a platform for worldwide makers to communicate and cooperate. Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab is also the first Fablab authorized by MIT as a research and development partner of Fablab 2.0. During 2015 Shenzhen International Maker Week, SZOIL and MIT had officially signed Fablab Authorization and Fablab2.0 Associated Research and Development Agreement. Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab embodies three functions including open innovation center, start-ups accelerator and Fablab2.0 development research and manufacturing. The lab dedicates in exploring the issues and developing solutions to connect the massive production ecosystem to small hardware startups so as to promote the international standing of Shenzhen in the development of digital intelligent hardware and manufacturing and build a future intelligent hardware Silicon Valley by combining new open source method and current manufacturing system in Shenzhen.


The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council‘s vision is to:

  • fund excellent research projects not fully supported from other sources, including those of field-defining or transformative potential and deploying interdisciplinary and thematic approaches
  • take an overview of research in the arts and humanities in order to support new areas and important but vulnerable disciplines
  • provide opportunities for outstanding researchers at key stages of their careers to develop intellectual leadership in their own disciplines and beyond
  • support postgraduate research to ensure that capability across the disciplines is maintained and the best possible training is provided
  • enable the exchange of knowledge to deliver civic, cultural and economic benefits
  • on behalf of the UK, develop international opportunities to further arts and humanities research