Unidentified Acts of Design is a research project that seeks out instances of design intelligence in Shenzhen and in the Pearl River Delta, outside of the design studio.
In a region of unprecedented growth, which has long served as the factory of the world, design acts can take unconventional forms and occur in unpredictable places. By seeking out new definitions of what constitutes design, new actors and new objects are able to enter into the region’s design history.
This display includes eight stories, highlighting innovative or creative practices within an expanded notion of design. Each story exemplifies key moments in Shenzhen’s urban and manufacturing history. The films introduce the key-players in this innovative process, such as inventors, manufacturers, web developers, engineers and hobbyists, who are not typically considered in discourses about design.
This project forms part of a wider collaboration between China Merchants Shekou and V&A to establish Design Society Foundation, a new world class cultural due to open in Shenzhen in 2017.
Luisa E. Mengoni and Brendan Cormier (curators)
Sept. 23rd – Oct. 7th
The Global School /
52 Gongmenkou Dongcha