- Eugenia Morpurgo, Head Mentor
For the 2022 edition of the dieDAS Fellowship-Program, we welcomed a wonderful new cohort of young designers to our Saaleck campus: Adrian Pepe, Giulia Pompilj, Nico Alexandroff, and Steffie de Gaetano. The fellows worked closely with prestigious mentors to explore the 2022 theme: Designing Metabolic Relations.
The 2022 theme, conceived by dieDAS Artistic Director Maurizio Montalti and Head Mentor Eugenia Morpurgo, built on past years’ programs, inviting our fellows to move beyond popular, often surface-level notions of sustainability to investigate highly focused, regenerative design solutions—namely, the transformative nature of metabolic processes.
Metabolism is the continued flow of biochemical reactions and energy that animate living systems, allowing them to reincorporate organic matter into living webs of exchange. Inspired by the beautiful and ingenious interdependence of living systems, our program embraced a multi-species approach in which deeply entangled bodies, both visible and invisible, cohabit and support one another.
Through theoretical and practical hands-on experimentation—including expert lectures, excursions into the surrounding region, and onsite work with mycelium-based materials and techniques—the dieDAS fellows investigated the impact of metabolic processes on our relationships to one another and our surroundings, as well as possible new paths for restoring, nurturing, and generating flourishing conditions for ecosystems, economies, and living agents.
Using the lens of regenerative design, the dieDAS 2022 Fellowship-Program functioned as a space for critical, creative production, encouraging fellows to actively engage in questioning dominant narratives and traditional practices through the collision of ideas, concepts, and techniques.
The program culminated in an exhibition titled in/un becoming, which showcased the results of the fellows’ collaborative on-site workshop. The exhibition was presented during the 2022 dieDAS walk + talk summit at the historic site of the Saalecker Werkstaetten as well as the prestigious 2022 Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.
- Maurizio Montalti, Artistic Director
- Steffie de Gaetano, Belgium, Fellow 2022
- Adrian Pepe, Lebanon, Fellow 2022
The dieDAS Fellowship-Program 2022 was led by Artistic Director Maurizio Montalti and Head Mentor Eugenia Morpurgo. Well-known mentors and lecturers in 2022 included architect and activist Prof. Ronald Rael, architect Lili Carr, designer Mariana Martinez Balvanera of Cocina CoLaboratorio, Prof. Rachel Armstrong, expert in regenerative architecture, designer Prof. Julia Lohmann, Prof. Jan Wurm, expert in regenerative design, Christine Rauch, expert in edible wild plants, Prof. Jasper Cepl, expert for modern architecture, the chef and expert for fermentation David Zilber, the architectural historian and monument conservator Prof. Daniela Spiegel, the certified meditation teacher and gallery owner Catherine Pfisterer, the researcher, teacher and founder of Zoöp Klaas Kuitenbrouwer as well as Jens Freitag from the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) and Anne van Leeuwen from the regenerative farm Bodemzicht in the Netherlands.
Our heartfelt thanks go to all of them for their time, commitment and support.