As part of the programme at Atelier Clerici, the leading hub of critical thinking during the annual Salone del Mobile in Milan, Copies without Borders: Imitation as Innovation brings M+ and its M+ Matters format to an international stage, enriching the global discourse about copying as a methodology in contemporary design practice.

The characterisation of copying—of designs, ideas, and products—as a destabiliser of economic systems, a scourge on ‘legitimate’ modes of production, and even a moral-ethical failing can be seen as a relatively new phenomenon that arose during the Industrial Revolution. However, in a post-industrial, digital, and more culturally hybridised era, these biases are becoming increasingly difficult to delineate, defend, and maintain. Bringing together leading international design practitioners, curators, and thinkers, this panel discussion explores alternative ways of thinking about copying as a generative act that produces both frictions and new potentials as it migrates across geographic borders.

14 April 2016

4–6 pm

Atelier Clerici, Via Clerici, 5, 20121 Milano, Italy

Brendan Cormier, Lead Curator of Design for the Shekou Project, Victoria and Albert Museum
Rossana Hu, Founding Partner, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office and Design Republic
Sam Jacob, Principal, Sam Jacob Studio
Naihan Li, Founder, NAIHANLI&CO.

Aric Chen, Lead Curator, Design and Architecture, M+
Ikko Yokoyama, Curator, Design and Architecture, M+

The talk will be conducted in English.

Open to the public.


For more information, please visit the website of Atelier Clerici.

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