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One Day In Berlin

Before I started at Object in early 2011, I spent a couple of years living in Europe, mostly in London with a few months at the end dedicated to Berlin. After three years, and with many of my friends having babies and buying houses, I thought it time to head back and say hello.

Most of my time was spent in London, where the majority of my friends live, but I did take a few days out to visit Berlin, which is reinforced every time I visit (and I think this is visit number six) as my favourite city. My first day in Berlin was therefore my chance to reacquaint myself with why it always gets under my skin.

(A map with some of these sites is embedded at the end of the article.) I was staying in Friedrichshain, an area I wasn’t overly familiar with, so legged it all the way down Frankfurter Allee/Karl-Marx-Allee into Alexanderplatz, a solid hour of walking down one of the massive, wide streets in old East Berlin. After a search of a few different providers I found a SIM suitable for a couple of days travelling, and kept up my wandering, up through Mitte and the border of Prenzlauer Berg, my old stomping ground.

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Position Vacant: Team Assistant

We are looking for a Team Assistant to start immediately in a permanent part-time position (22.5 hours per week) based in our Surry Hills office.

In an exciting time for Object: Australian Design Centre, we’re looking for someone to join our nimble and creative team, to be responsible for the admin hub of the organisation. As a friendly face at reception you will meet our guests and assist in hosting, scheduling and catering of meetings, events and gallery activities. Your energetic assistance, chameleon tendencies and willingness to help others will be vital in supporting other arms of activities such as promoting our programs through digital marketing platforms or preparing materials for education workshops.

For a full role description and more information, including selection criteria to address download this pdf.

To apply please address the selection criteria and email it to us at object@object.com.au with the subject heading Team Assistant and include a copy of your resume by 5pm Friday 22 November 2013.

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Listen: Designer Bodies—Last Legs New Knees

On Tuesday 10 September, 2013, Fenella Kernebone hosted the third and final talk in Object’s Designer Bodies series, Last Legs New Knees. Joining Kernebone in the round were Dr Jenny Arnold, an opthamologist and age-related macular degeneration specialist, Bert Bongers, Associate Professor and Head of the Interactivation Studio at UTS, and Chris Vanstone, the director of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI.) The four talked for an hour on the human experience of ageing, exploring the role of design in embracing our bodies as they head towards the twilight years.

Listen to the full audio or download to listen to your leisure after the jump.

And if you missed the first two talks, you can also download or listen to The Heart Of It and Data Makes Me *#$?!.

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Pitch-a This!

This year, as part of Art & About in Sydney and Place Partners Shared City week of events, you can participate in Pitch-a This!, a low-tech crowd funding night where your ticket not only gives you the opportunity to watch creative ideas get pitched, but actually gives you a vote. Your $15 ticket gets you entrance, a vote, a drink, and includes a $10 contribution to the prize money.

From 6:30pm on Tuesday 17 September at Oxford Art Factory, you can join comedian Cameron James and a competitive group of ‘pitchees’ all of who will go head to head to win your vote.

The night is focused on creative pitches addressing the criteria of:
- The project being for ‘the common good’ and to ‘help make Sydney better for people’;
- The project essentially being in the public realm;
- The project being achievable, with the expectation that it will actually happen if the pitch wins.

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JamFactory Seppeltsfield Studios Expressions of Interest

In November of this year JamFactory in South Australia is opening a new facility at Seppeltsfield Winery in the Barossa Valley, an hour outside of Adelaide. At 1,000 square metres for the entire facility, JamFactory Seppeltsfield will include a public gallery (where part of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade will be housed next year, alongside the JamFactory premises in Adelaide city), a retail shop, and studio space for approximately 12 artists/artisans.

In the lead up to the opening, JamFactory is seeing expressions of interest from professionally focused artists, craftspeople or designers who might like to lease space at the subsidised rate of $4.00/sqm/month plus outgoings (power and water.)

At these studios you will not only be a part of this exciting new venue in the beautiful Barossa, but will be able to engage with the public and will be assisted and promoted through JamFactory’s activities. At present, the Seppeltsfield Winery received over 90,000 visitors annually!

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Design Emergency with Casula Public School

As part of CUSP: Designing into the Next Decade, Object: Australian Design Centre’s outreach education program Design Emergency is travelling around the country, accompanying the exhibition, and working with local schools. Design Emergency aims to instil design thinking practices in tomorrow’s leaders at an early age by working with them on problems or issues identified by the students and relevant to them. (For more on Design Emergency, including exercises, stories and teacher’s notes, head to the Design Emergency section of this website.)

On 22 August, 2013, Design Emergency visited Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) with CUSP designers George Khut and Stephen Mushin, collaborating with 40 year five and six students from Casula Public School. Casula Public has a farm as part of the school grounds, and four primary elements were identified by the students as needing attention:

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The Great Aussie Breather

Who wouldn’t like an extra day off?

A few weeks ago a friend pointed me in the direction of the Great Aussie Breather, a fundraiser for various cystic fibrosis fundraising organisations around Australia. In very simple terms, an organisation can register and donate a day off, with staff then buying tickets online for their chance to win it.

So I pitched the idea to our Associate Director Louise, who recommended that I take it to a staff meeting. Yesterday I did, and everyone thought it a great idea. And why wouldn’t they? For $10, they could get an extra day off to enjoy this beautiful early summer!

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Behind The Scenes Of Floorness

Ok, I admit it, I like carpet. I mean, I really like it. I would even go so far as define it as an interest. Rudolph Stingel is to blame. He’s that New York based artist who at the 1993 Venice Biennale glued a huge orange carpet to the wall and called it a painting.

It was a simple spatial shift that transformed my perception of carpet from “feels good under bare feet” to “someone call Rothko”. This year, Stingel’s exhaustingly carpeted every surface of Venice’s Palazzo Grassi. I mean every surface, ceiling, stairwell, sill. If these are paintings, then paintings are to be walked on and vacuumed.

As a designer I try to un-learn the world as much as I try to learn about it. This may seem like a one-step-forward, two-steps-back statement. But it is more like one-step-forward and a step-to-the-side. That cheeky side-step takes you to a new place.
A place where you see things from a new angle and do things in a different way.

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2013 Sydney Design Awards

Entries for the 2013 Sydney Design Awards have been extended and now close this Sunday 8 September, 2013. Presented by design100 they represent the diversity and culture of the Sydney design industry.

Sydney as a recognised global design city, features both local and international design activity, and the shortlisted entries in the Sydney Design Awards represent an annual snapshot of the sophisticated design culture in the Sydney marketplace. This year’s program gives an opportunity for professional designers, design commissioners and brand managers to have their design works recognised.

Head to the Sydney Design Awards website for more information and to get your entries in.

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Programming The Make.Play Spring Workshops

I have been busy recently programming the latest round of Make.Play Workshops for the Spring season. At the last round of Make.Play Workshops I got to make a bowl out of t-shirts, which doubles as a jacket for candles. And my first little zine, entitled – The Broken Hearted Horseman, is not quite a best seller yet, but give it some time!

The next line-up of Make.Play Workshops starts soon and covers all the latest and greatest to keep you in the DIY know. I visited Tiffany and Alan at the Original A Salon up the road last week to talk Braid Off workshop logistics. Not only are they bringing down heads of hair to practice on like hairdressers, they’ll be showing us how to prepare our hair for braiding, so we’ll get to road-test some of their O&M organic hair product too before we plunge into performing runway inspired braids on ourselves.  Alan mentioned generously passing on some O&M goodie bags our way, so hope you are free to come along Thursday 19th September- put it into your diary, virtual or otherwise. Don’t forget this time!

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