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Creative designers can influence in a variety of areas, which can contribute in shaping the world’s future. Therefore, investing in designers is very important.
Ewan McEoin, Victoria National Gallery curator, speaks to CR about the museum’s latest exhibition on sustainability and why they want to invest in designers citing that they can make an impact in a variety of fields as they, directly or indirectly, affect the world. Some believe it is the duty of our cultural institutions, galleries, and museums to help educate, inspire and shape the future.
“I think over time, there’s been this idea that institutions should look backward, and record what has happened,” says Ewan McEoin senior curator of contemporary design at the Victoria National Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.
“I just really don’t agree with that. We’re extremely engaged in participating and shaping what can happen. We’re a fairly major gallery in Australia in terms of scale, size, and audience numbers. So we have to step up and lead by example.” explains McEoin.
In this exhibition, new works of leading experimental and theoretical designers bridge the procedures of design, technology, science, and philosophy to illustrate how and why the design and construction of objects, materials, and structures. NGV has commissioned and invested in these works, and they are part of the institute’s ongoing commitment to helping designers and artists critically review the state of the art both in the local and international scene.