The information revolution in the latter half of the twentieth century reduced the distance between countries and cultures, and our lifestyles and the way we view our day-to-day existence have undergone a radical change. While our knowledge and methods are updated at immense speed, opportunities to reevaluate social inequity, ethics and value systems are also increasing.

What is essential now is individual thinking, action and communication: this was the basis for this exhibition, The Fab Mind. It focuses on the commitment and actions of those who, without limiting themselves to creating only tangible design products, attempt to understand and to resolve social issues through design.

Featured are the participating artists' explorations through a critical and birds eye view of our world and ways of forging new relationships with our society now and into the future. Under the direction of Noriko Kawakami, a journalist well-versed in the movement of design both in Japan and abroad, and Ikko Yokoyama, a curator of art and design based in Stockholm, Sweden, this exhibition presents the diverse range of works by 24 groups of artists and designers from over ten countries. These projects, which are at times positive and at others poetic, are bound to bring about a new understanding of the future role of design; one that takes it beyond the boundaries of product manufacture.

THE FAB MIND: Hints of the Future in a Shifting World
October 24, 2014 - February 1, 2015
Tuesdays (Except October 28, December 23), December 27 - January 3
11:00-20:00 (Entrance until 19:30)
General ¥1,000 / University Student ¥800 / High and Junior High School Student ¥500 / Ages 12 and under may enter for free
*¥200 discount for a group of over 15 people
*With a certification of disability, admission is free as well as that of an accompanying care-giver.
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Organized by:
In association with:
Agency for Cultural Affairs; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Tokyo Metropolitan Government, MINATO CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Spain
Subsidized by:
Creative Industries Fund NL
Special Sponsor:
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
Sponsored by:
Crescent,Inc., Kotte & Co. Ltd., BALMUDA Inc.
Special Supported by:
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Supported by:
Canon Marketing Japan Inc., TAKEO CO., LTD, Tama Art University (in random order)
Exhibition Directors:
Noriko Kawakami, Ikko Yokoyama
Graphic Design:
Yoshihisa Tanaka
Space Design:
Lui Igarashi
Lighting Design:
Haruki Kaito
Production Assistant:
Yuta Sakane
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Directors:
Issey Miyake, Taku Satoh, Naoto Fukasawa
Associate Director:
Noriko Kawakami
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