March 26, 2021

IED Factory 2021: Displacement

Distance shapes up the future. 22 interdisciplinary laboratories to experiment with new creative opportunities during times of displacement.

This year’s eleventh edition of IED Factory will take place. From 22 to 26 March IED Roma will stop its usual teaching sessions to offer the second and third year students from the 4 schools (Design, Fashion, Visual Arts and Communication) a cross-border design experience. During this week, students will work in 22 interdisciplinary laboratories coordinated by just as many internationally renowned professionals and artists.
This edition, inspired by the story The Machine Stops by the English writer E. M. Forster, addresses the theme of displacement as a contemporary experience leading to creative opportunities that have not yet been explored. Therefore, distance shapes up to the future. In fact, IED students will be working together and engage with the coordinators of the different workshops remotely. Nevertheless, they will pursue a common goal, which is both research into design experimentation and the creation of a collective artistic product.
The following people will accompany the students on this journey (which will culminate in the creation of 22 one-minute short films), and coordinate the different laboratory groups: Fabrizio Ballabio, Matteo Basilè, Tommaso Bonaventura, Gaia Cambiaggi and Anna Positano, Matilde Cassani, Angelo Cricchi, Igino De Luca, Stefano De Luigi, Gipo Fasano, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, Filippo Macelloni, Rebecca Moccia, Serafino Murri, Andrea Natella, Lorenzo Palmeri, Viola Pantano, Raoul Paulet, Cristiano Pedrocco, Francesca Perani, Quiet Ensemble, Davide Rapp and Lorenzo Vitturi.
On 31 March the videos made by the students will be presented in a group live streaming show on the IED Roma Facebook page. Furthermore, at the same time, on the IED YouTube channel they will be scrutinised by the critical eye of an exceptional guest: sociologist Derrick de Kerckhove, who is a unique intellectual and master of digital culture.