‘We Became Aware’ is the name that Tomas Lootens and Valentijn Goethals coined for their designers’ collective. Deciding to focus on the things that brought them together in the first place, namely music, visual art and architecture, Lootens and Goethals are motived by all forms of artistic collaboration. For this reason, they present their work via an anonymous collective. Together with Tim Bryon, Tomas and Valentijn also promote alternative music with their record label and production platform Smoke & Dust. Together with a number of their collaborators, they have been operating out of 019, a project-space in a former welding factory in Ghent.
Where shall we nurture the grass roots of design in order to foster new ideas in the future? In response to this conundrum, Californian based design expert Kali Nikitas and TYPO have together created a new platform, Talent Talks, as a breeding ground for innovative new ideas and design concepts. Hailing from Antwerp, Berlin, Copenhagen, Ghent, Los Angeles, Montreal, Oslo and Rotterdam, the youngsters will each take 30 minutes to present their way of working and share their success stories. The common ground: fearlessness!