Unidentified Acts of Design is an exhibition and research project funded by a Design Trust Feature Grant 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.
As part of London Design Festival 2016, an exhibition and series of special events were held. This included a talk and panel discussion at London Design Festival. Exhibition curators Brendan Cormier and Luisa Mengoni discussed eight diverse case studies which range from entrepreneurial engineers to the Shanzhai mobile phone industry. The talk was interspersed with short documentary films created as part of this research project chaired by Ole Bouman, Director of Design Society.
Unidentified Acts of Design was exhibited at the T.T. Tsui Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, U.K.. The exhibition ran from 15 September to 30 November 2016.