The source of change ― Integrated
Graphic Design conference, deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium, 26 and 27 November
The fifth edition of the biennial international art and design conference Integrated, organized by St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp in collaboration with deSingel is here, continuing to propose progressive and thought–provoking subjects, this time focusing on the ‘change from within’. Driven by a strongly ethical/artistic emphasis, conference offers a platform for a compelling dialogue between art, design and society, and therefore wallows in the polemics of this discourse.
The originator of Integrated, graphic designer and director of Visionandfactory Hugo Puttaert states: “We live in a society where the pressure of economic thought is pushing the poor and the rich, the powerful and the powerless further and further apart. Our societal structures are tested for their tenability and genuine problems blend seamlessly with extrapolated non–news, which wash over us every day and force us into arguments and polemics. The diktat of ‘more’ has in the meantime reached its limit. The discrepancy between a society focused exclusively on economic growth and a sustainable alternative is increasingly visible. Is growth moreover still really necessary? What kind of growth, material or spiritual? But before you know it, this question too has become a trend, ready to be marketed, subjected once again to that economic diktat…”