Research through design program
Curation and design
Participation of 52 creative agents
Touring exhibition; Saint-Etienne, Paris, Saint-Nazaire in France and Oslo, Bergen and Florø in Norway
Norwegian Arts Council
Norske Ambassaden i Paris
Sogn og Fjordane Fylkeskommune
La Ville de Saint-Nazaire
The Ideal Lab is a research through design program that relocates the meaning of design to a social environment in mutation. In collaboration with research, arts, science, sociology, and industry the Ideal Lab’s goal is to define upcoming needs, provide human results and realise future scenarios through tangible products and processes. By themed cycles of one year, selected Agents are invited to exchange visions, thoughts and co-produce meaningful results.
Since 2010, four themes was developed in collaboration with 52 selected creative Agents and eleven public workshops where held. The results have received four international design awards and have been presented at 21 biennials, exhibitions, festivals and conferences around Europe.
Ideal Lab work thematically, investigative and process-oriented, and not towards a beforehand defined product / result. The process is structured by a given number regular “agents” is invited in the project, each with their expertise. It’s the agents who, in collaboration with users and the environment, select which areas to investigate further in the project, which proposes what direction and towards what goal / result one should work.
Agents with different professional backgrounds, are invited to take part in and develop a scenario that can create meaningful results within the chosen theme. By the choice of agents the goal is to ensure that one obtains the broad expertise. It is of crucial importance that the agents complement each other and share common basic values: ethics, search for meaning, critical thinking, confidence in the other agents and the right to doubt and acceptance of conflicting results. The agents creates results individually or in collaboration with others.
with Auger & Loizeau, Charlotte Grum, Ola Hovland, Mathieu Lehanneur, Erwin Olaf, Ralston Bau, Ambra Trotto.
with Siri Berqvam, Marc Bretillot, Julien Dossier, Bertrand Duplat, Runa Klock, Constance Gaard Kristiansen,
Anthony Quinn, Ralston Bau, John Thackara, Jo Zarth.
with Christophe Berdaguer & Marie Péjus, Cecilie Haaland, Christian Lodegaard, Jeff Pedersen & Idun Losnegård,
Miyuki Inoue, Rainer Rosegger, Ralston Bau.
with David Brognon & Stéphanie Rollin, Pierre Dubourg, Laurent Chambon, Ralston Bau, Signe Solberg, Anne Lise Stenseth,
Vera & Kyte, Mélanie Buatois, Les M Studio, Margit Seland, Øyvind Wyller.
All other content of Ideal Lab is available on its dedicated website.