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.