New Wave, 7th International Alvar Aalto Design Seminar

New Wave: image from Stool Makes History exhibition, Alvar Aalto Museum Gallery (until 08 September 2013), photo © Alvar Aalto Museum / Maija Holma

City Theatre & the University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.
We associate New Wave with the heyday of French cinema in the 1950s and 1960s. What characterised the filmmakers of this period was the search for a strong personal style and the use of new cinematic means. A similar idea of crossing old boundaries played an essential part in the rise of New Wave music and punk in the late 1970s. People were after forms of expression that were experimental, cross disciplinary and eclectic. New techniques have become part of everyday life, technology is evolving at an everfaster pace, and design practices are changing. Has this introduced new understanding and skills into design? Can we foresee changes in conventions and methods?