DesignMarch, Iceland’s most important annual design festival, returned to Reykjavik for the 7th time this year from March 12-15. Each year, the festival highlights some of the most creative and interesting work to come out of Iceland and abroad, and this year was no exception. Below are several amazing projects from this year’s festival.
Infinite String Quartet
The infinite String Quartet is an interactive music composition in which the listener creates their own version of the music through an intuitive graphic interface by looping and layering recordings of an actual string quartet. Try it out and make your own music here! Check out the video below for more on how this project was created.
Infinite String Quartet – Design March 2015 from Úlfur Eldjárn on Vimeo.
Interior design blogger Vosgeparis attended DesignTalks, one of DesignMarch’s landmark events, and recapped her experience online. Located in the famously beautiful Harpa Concert Hall, DesignTalks featured speakers Jessica Walsh, a self-taught designer who started creating websites at the age of 11; Marti Guixe, a Catalonian designer known for his interior and food design; Anthony Dunne, professor and head of Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London; and Walter van Beirendonck, a Belgian fashion designer and head of the fashion department at the Royal Academy of Fine arts. Each of these design experts explained their own take on “Play.” Click here to read more about their presentations.
‘Hofsjökull Hitaplatti’ (‘Hofsjökull Hotplate’)
Located at Loft Hostel, this work showed how the glacier Hofsjökull will shrink over the next 300 years due to climate change, according to Reykjavjik Grapevine. Artist Anna Manning used melting “hotplates to geographically show the effects of climate change on glaciers.” Her hope is to help people understand the “rapid and substantial changes that could occur in the next 300 years, thereby increasing understanding of the consequences they will have.”
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