Meet the guests of 6th Brumen: Alice Twemlow

Alice is the only member of this year's jury who approaches design from the theoretical point of view . The founder of the master's program in design criticism of the New York School of Visual Arts says that she is looking forward to visiting Ljubljana again since she's heard some good things about the Biennale from her colleague Rick Poynor.Alice first visited Ljubljana at the invitation of Radovan Jenko, on the occasion of his exhibition as she had written an introduction for the catalogue. She is looking forward to learn more about design in Slovenia and since she is very interested in the tension between globalized and regional design, she is curious to see what Slovenian designers think about this question.

Renowned author, critic and lecturer says that among all her professional achievements, the one she is most proud of is MFA program in Design Criticism that she set up five years ago at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The program has been very effective in terms of gaining recognition and understanding for the practice of design criticism. As she explains, members of the public attend their lecture series and conferences, and her graduates have gone on to apply their critical, analytical and curatorial skills to an impressive range of activities, such as: curator at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany; editor at Metropolis; commissioning editor at Monacelli Press; editor at Domus; assistant in the R&D department at MoMA. "Many teach, several have already had books published, and all, I feel, are helping to sharpen and improve the quality of discourse around design, architecture, and urban issues," explains Alice.

Her current field of interest is social design and what will happen to it in the next phase, when the design community turns its attention to the conundrum of post-occupancy design. "Designers who wish to solve social problems through design need to build into their solutions systems whereby they revisit the sites of their work to ensure things are still functioning, and to repair and revise their work as necessary. The sustainability and efficiency of  a design solution is just as important as any innovation it may represent," says Alice.

If you want to know more, be sure not to miss her lecture on October 22nd in Kino Šiška in Ljubljana.

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