UAOD Part 4: The Aviators / DJI

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* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look at the meteoric rise of DJI, who is supplying hobbyists around the world with intuitive easy-to-use drones for aerial photography. The Aviators […]

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Living Research: Making in China

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* In this special guest post, Liz Corbin, an academic based at the Institute of Making at University College London, recounts her experience touring Chinese maker spaces. It’s part of a recent Bristish Council initiative to understand the recent boom in maker culture in China, and to explore the potential crossover between Chinese and UK maker practice. On October 9th […]

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UAOD Part 3: The Engineers / Makeblock

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* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we look at an engineer who took his idea for DIY robots and used Shenzhen’s unique resources to build his own company. The Engineers […]

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UAOD Part 2: The Facilitators / Seeed

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* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we take a look at the people behind Seeed Studio, who are championing the maker movement within China, and championing China abroad. The Facilitators […]

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UAOD Part 1: The Painters / Dafen

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* In this blog series, we will be posting 8 short stories displayed in Unidentified Acts of Design,  exploring contemporary production and manufacturing in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. This week we take a look at the lives of painters living and working in Dafen Village. The Painters / Dafen In the early 1990s a group of […]

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Unidentified Acts of Design at the UABB

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On December 5th, 2015 the V&A’s Shekou team presented ‘Unidentified Acts of Design’ at the Shenzhen Urbanism Architecture Bi-City Biennale, curated by Brendan Cormier and Luisa E Mengoni. The display explores 8 stories about design and production in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta. It was initiated as a pilot project to help us explore more […]

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Researching Unidentified Acts of Design

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Where does design take place in the Pearl River Delta? How does design manifest itself in a region that is so intensely invested in low-cost production that it has been dubbed the Factory of the World?  These are the questions we’ve been exploring over the last several months, as both research for the V&A Shekou Gallery, but also in preparation […]

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From Maker Spaces to Making Culture

As part of the V&A’s ongoing collaboration with China Merchants Group, Luisa E. Mengoni, currently stationed in Shenzhen as Head of the V&A Gallery, reports from the frontlines of Chinese design and manufacturing. Here we present a series of reports on current events and dialogues with some of the region’s most influential and insightful figures. […]

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From Shenzhen: Chaihuo Makerspace and the Shenzhen Maker Faire

As part of the V&A’s ongoing collaboration with China Merchants Group, Luisa E. Mengoni, currently stationed in Shenzhen as Head of the V&A Gallery, reports from the frontlines of Chinese design and manufacturing. Here we present a series of reports on current events and dialogues with some of the region’s most influential and insightful figures. […]

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From Shenzhen: Shanzhai and the Maker movement

As part of the V&A’s ongoing collaboration with China Merchants Group, Luisa E. Mengoni, currently stationed in Shenzhen as Head of the V&A Gallery, reports from the frontlines of Chinese design and manufacturing. Here we present a series of reports on current events and dialogues with some of the region’s most influential and insightful figures. […]

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