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Alberto Alessi
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Alberto Alessi
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Ernesto Neto
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Ernesto Neto
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Martí Guixé
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Martí Guixé
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Katja Lindroos & Arja Miller
 
Journeys, Stories & Personalities in Creativity -seminar
23.5. 14:00-18:00
LUME, SAMPO HALL
Journeys, Stories & Personalities in Creativity -seminar

Speakers
Alberto Alessi (IT), Ernesto Neto (BR), Martí Guixé (ES)

Moderators
Arja Miller and Katja Lindroos

Seminar program
14:00 Opening of the seminar
14:15 Alberto Alessi
15:00 Ernesto Neto
15:40 Break
16:10 Martí Guixé
17:20 Panel discussion
17:45 Conclusion

Seminar is kindly supported by EFG European Furniture Group

Alberto Alessi has been described as the 'manufacturing maestro' and the 'godfather' of Italian product design. He is currently General Manager of Alessi Spa, and leader of strategic marketing communication, and design. He has famously danced on the borderline between successful and risky projects, what he describes in his own terms as the area of the 'not possible' but as a result, Alessi's risk management skills are now sought after in industrial organisations led by technology, as well as design.
Alberto Alessi, the third generation of Alessi, took the reins of the eponymous family business in 1970. His partnerships with some of the world's best designers have transformed the 80 year old company from household-trade supplier to design leader. Since his fathers' launch of famous steel products, like the 'Bombe' tea and coffee set introduced in 1946, Alberto Alessi has branched out into such neighbouring fields as glassware and china, objects of plastic and wood, wall clocks, lighting fixtures and toys.
Alessi has published several books and collaborated with international magazines and publications regarding articles relating to design. He holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Central England and is an Honorary Committee member of the Design Museum in London, a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London, and an Honorary Professor of the Hochschule der Bildenden Kunste, in Germany.
Alessi is also a Doctor of Fine Arts at the Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, and a Member of the Academic Board of the U.I.A.H. University of Helsinki. In 1998 Alessi received the MBA Design Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York.
Alberto Alessi is an explorer of the frontiers of technology as well as the design markets. His products excite and move people, they tell a story and convince the public, making Alessi one of Italy's most renowned international trade names.


Ernesto Neto:
Among the most influential artists of his generation, Ernesto Neto has had numerous international museum solo exhibitions including Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, 1999; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, 2000; SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2000; Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 2000; Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, 2001; Passing Time, Passing Space, Aarhus, Aaros, Denmark, 2002;  Ernesto Neto, Kunsthalle Basel, 2002; Ernesto Neto, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2003; among many others.  Important international group exhibitions include; XXIV Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, São Paulo, 1998; Wonderland, St. Louis Museum of Art, 1999; Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 1999-2000; among others.  In 2001 Ernesto Neto represented Brazil with Vik Muniz in the 49 Biennale di Venezia, Brazilian Pavilion and the Arsenale.  
Ernesto Neto's recent shows include: Leviathan Thot, 35th Festival d’Automne, Panthéon, Paris, 2006 (solo); Daros-Latinamerica, Zurich, 2006 (group); Surprise Surprise, ICA, London, 2006 (group); Tropicalia, Museum of Contemporary Art , Chicago; 2006 (group), traveling to Centro Cultural Belem, Lisbon, and Bronx Museum, New York; Forum 57: Luisa Lambri and Ernesto Neto, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2006 (group); Ernesto Neto-The Malmö Experience, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, 2005 (solo); among others.
Neto’s art is an experience which creates associations with the body and with something organic. He describes his works as an exploration and a representation of the body’s landscape from within. It is important to Neto that the viewer should actively interact with and physically experience his work by feeling, smelling, and touching it



Martí Guixé (1964). Formed in Barcelona and Milan as an interior and industrial designer.
In 1994, periodically working as a design advisor in Seoul and living in Berlin, he formulated a new way to understand the culture of products. Guixe started to exhibit his work in 1997, work that characterizes on the search for new product systems, the introduction of design in food ambits and presentation through performance. His non-conventional gaze provides brilliant and simple ideas of a curious seriousness. He is based in Barcelona and Berlin and work as Ex-designer for companies such Authentics, B-Sign, Camper, Cha-cha, Desigual, Droog Design, Esencial mediterraneo, Imaginarium, Isee2, Nani Marquina, Very Lustre, Saporiti.
Recent publications: Marti Guixé 1:1, 010 publishers Rotterdam (ISBN 90 6450 441 5) and Martí Guixé Cook book, Imschoot Publishers (ISBN 9077362045). Exhibitions at MoMA (New York), MuDAC (Lausanne), MACBA (Barcelona) and Centre Pompidou (Paris).
http://www.guixe.com/



Moderators
Arja Miller, Head of Education and Interpretation, Helsinki Art Museum
Tennispalatsi

Katja Lindroos, journalist and curator of MoA07 exhibition



Other MoA07 seminaars:
14.5 Design Journalism
21.5. Creative Business
22.5. Architects with an Attitude
24.5. Innovation