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Fantastic Reality

Dates: 03 – 09 August 2014
Tutor(s): mischer’traxler
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Prices: From € 835 to € 1125 (incl. tuition, materials, food, accommodation)

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The workshop “fantastic reality” will investigate how to trigger imagination in order to come to specific results.
We will bring very short descriptions of fantastic surreal-sounding but existing places. These places, that ofen have specific characteristics or host distinctive natural phenomenons will be the starting point for the workshop and will form the bases for tests, explorations and experiments. By using unfamilar places our creativity will be triggered and will automatically lead to unexpected starting points.

Through practical assignments and research, the participants will analyse, harvest and use the immediate surrounding of Boisbuchet to create potential projects. The days will be full of discussions, brainstorming, fun and hands on experiences and will lead to imaginative concepts and real tangible outcomes.
Katharina Mischer (1982) and Thomas Traxler (1981) from Studio mischer’traxler.

Based in Vienna they develop and design products, furniture, installations and more, with a focus on experiments, context and conceptual thinking, Balancing between handcraft and technology, they envision whole systems, processes and new production methods that indicate sustainability and the relevance of nature. Part of their Design process is to examine, experiment, analyse and reject. This critical view often questions and affects the relation between producer, object and owner. “Why and what for” are often the main concerns before a new project comes into being, whilst “What if” ceases in new interpretations and different possibilities. Their Results often make use of unexpected materials and are often characterized by external inputs, for example the condition of the weather or the usage of the existing. After graduating from the IM-master department at the Design Academy Eindhoven and several years of collaboration, Katharina and Thomas founded Studio mischer’traxler in 2009.

Their work won the Austrian Experimental Design Award 2009, the DMY Award 2009 and was shortlisted for the Brit insurance Designs of the year 2010 Award. Exhibitions on contemporary Design displayed their products in Museums including the Boijmans van Boiningen, the Design Museum London and the Triennale Milano, as well as on international Festivals, Projects by mischer’traxler are in the permanent collections of the Art Institute Chicago and the MAK Vienna. They have been invited to lecture and give workshops in various institutes and Universities in Austria and Europe. In 2011 studio mischer’traxler was honoured with the ‘W-hotels designer of the future award’ by Design Miami/Basel and W-hotels.

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