Vesna was invited by the Powerhouse Museum as one of 10 Sydney designers to Hack the Collection. This program showcases 10 objects from the Powerhouse Museum collection that have been 3D scanned and made available to 10 different designers to reinterpret and create new works.
Vesna was tasked to reinterpret a male hospital bed-pan/urinal. She used the opportunity to be both playful and subversive with the object; using its functional form repetitively to make “flowers” out of the urinal, and exploring urinals for women and gender alternative people. Vesna’s work is now part of the museum’s permanent archive.
Story taken from July’s Architecture & Design:
Sydney Design 2014 will showcase talented designers and creative excellence over nine days in August. Taking centre stage from 16 to 24 August at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Design 2014 will celebrate beautiful objects and their impact on everyday life.
Sydney Design, now in its 18th year is a cutting-edge design festival produced by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in conjunction with over 50 cultural institutions and creative brains across greater Sydney. Featuring exhibitions, talks, tours and workshops, the nine-day event is a must-see for all design enthusiasts and lovers of innovation.
Describing Sydney Design as a showcase of talented designers and thought leaders breaking new ground in design industries across New South Wales and around Australia, Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant comments that the festival is an important part of the NSW Government’s ongoing commitment to growing and developing the State’s creative economy.
This year’s festival theme ‘Design Futures’ will show how new technologies and platforms are changing the way one designs, produces, consumes and interacts, with the changes dissolving the traditional borders between designer, producer and consumer, and opening up endless possibilities for innovative design practice while shattering long-standing production and design methods.
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Director, Rose Hiscock explains that Sydney Design aims to nurture and support design excellence at a local and national level and expose audiences to new and engaging ideas around design.
A highlight of the festival is the Powerhouse Museum’s Interface: people, machines, design, an exhibition that explores the evolution of information technology design from over a century ago till today. The exhibition draws on the Museum’s collection to display products designed and manufactured by Olivetti, Braun and Apple among others and includes iconic examples of radios, typewriters, calculators, computers, digital media players, smart phones and tablet computers.