Synsocium exhibition at the World Design Summit

Synsocium - World Design Summit

Synsocium, A Dialogue Between Art & Design
Thursday, October 19th, 2017, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Palais des Congrès, Montreal

An Exploration of the Six Major Themes of the World Design Summit.
Addressing global issues through art, solving problems through design.

This multifaceted exhibition showcases the works of six internationally renowned Canadian artists, interwoven with the views of seasoned designers from around the world. The striking dialogues address the six main themes of the World Design Summit Congress: Design for Earth, Design for Participation, Design for Transformation, Design for Beauty, Design for Sale? and Design for Extremes. These dyads, committed to a deeper exploration of the transformative potential of art and design, illustrate their views on contemporary issues through various representations, such as peaceful consumerism and colonial lunar migration.

Artists Bettina Forget, Stanley Fevrier, Barbara Steinman, Manuel Chantre, David Spriggs, and Dominique Blain are paired with designers Belinda Tato, Poldma Tiiu, Ruedi Baur, Marianne McKenna and Martha Schwartz to create six dyads corresponding to the six themes at the World Design Summit Expo.

Carefully curated, these pairings promise to enhance the dedicated research underlying each displayed production, so that their impact may resonate across the coming decade. Together, the artists and designers incite change on a global scale, illuminating channels of possible action through a common commitment.

The World Design Summit Exhibition, Synsocium, A Dialogue Between Art & Design, will be open to the public on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Palais des Congrès, 2nd floor in the Hall Viger. Admission is free and accessible to all.

For further information please contact us at or visit the World Design Summit Special Projects website:

October 17th–20th, 2017 at the Palais de Congrès, Montreal.
Curators: Kimberly Glassman and Kevin Poitras

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