BDW CONFERENCE FREEDOM2 / EARTH / BRITISH COUNCIL

In a world most people believe is fundamentally not free, i.e. that individual freedom is an illusion even in countries known for centuries of democracy and civil liberties, there is still a non- materialized space for free actions in art and creativity. Even though in different areas of design clients demands largely shape the look of the final product, there are key individuals and groups who are able to achieve creative autonomy, leading the way. The international creative conference of this year’s Belgrade Design Week investigates this very subject and promotes the carefully curated authors who found an authentic way to define such a world, and to create premium products of the human mind that will last longer than the average product in today’s consumer society.

The third and final day of the conference was opened with reflections of entirely new aspects of the FREEDOM SQUARED topic, and in the end, left the possibility for further analysis and reflection. As always, Belgrade Design Week did not end with the completion of the program, instead it boosted the energy of local creatives and their regional and worldwide guests, to create and progress until the next meeting of the greatest design minds of our time in Belgrade.

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Running in the morning through the city (down what the germans call a fussgangerzone) and being amazed by all the grand empty old buildings that reminded me of my Berlin beginnings. Grafitti on buildings. Lovely broken walls with acne'd facades from decades of reverse engineering. Discovering that all the ships on the river were party boats and open till the morning. Sweating so much in one of the clubs, my phone got messed up. Losing phone in said club. Visiting belgrade police station to report a then stolen phone to a twenty-something cop with a doctor's lab coat, listening to Rammstein (loudly) while hacking out my report on a pre-electric typewriter that looked (and sounded) as if it was from some era before typewriters were invented.   Thinking of Naked Lunch. Thinking of Die-Hard. Listening to architects talk about porous facades. Thinking of old smart bombs. Imagining the flash and crunch of several floors of reinforced concrete collapsing in on themselves. Wondering why I'm the only interactive guy here. Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade? Why are there so many beautiful women in Belgrade?!

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