Antenna 2019 Line-up
This year’s lineup – the best of the best – had 20 talents originating from 5 continents and 16 countries. The selection comprised a wide range of innovations, running the gamut from social solutions for the re-use of sewage to the use of seaweed as construction material.
Showcased themes included material innovation using atypical resources, inclusive design, and design-driven technology. The Sum Waste project by American designer Garett Benisch is an example of the first theme. He developed a bio-ink obtained from waste water that he uses for the printing of poetry. His design calls attention to the pollution of the Gowanus Canal in New York. Camila Chiriboga designs clothing pieces with greater tactility. Her garments contain different layers and shapes that make it easier to assess the appearance of a garment by touching it. This empowers the visually impaired to independently select their own oufits. System designer Nikol Kirova explores an intelligent tile system for sidewalks that keeps track of pedestrian flow. The Synapse project generates insight into pedestrian foot traffic and behavior, a field of study that is increasingly relevant due to current urbanization trends. Nikol’s ambition is to influence mobility choices by providing information about where traffic congestion occurs.
The graduates studied at the following academies and universities: Pratt, The Barlett School of Architecture, DAE, Central Saint Martins, KEA, IAAC, Bauhaus, Berlin University of the Arts, FH Joanneum, RISD, ECAL, Imperial College London, Duncan or Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Parsons, School of Visual Arts, Emily Carr, Stellenbosch, University of the Underground and The Icelandic Academy of the Arts.