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18th November
14:00 to 17:30
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Hybrid Space: the DM21 Symposium

18th November 14:00 to 17:30
What is the new normal? How can virtual communication reinforce communities and real-world interaction? In this hybrid symposium, Design Manchester and partners present a deep-dive exploration of hybrid innovation in a series of presentations and panel discussions.

Featured projects include:

Doing Zero, a collaboration with Nairobi Design Week that explores the link between food and climate change between communities in Manchester and Nairobi, which was selected as a creative commission for COP26 by WWF and the British Council.

PastPresentFuture, a digital exhibition presenting audio recordings from world-leading creatives talking about creative influence, places, practice and ideas, featuring Paula Scher, Harris Elliot, Rejane Dal Bello, Anthony Burrill and many more, curated by DM co-creative director Malcolm Garrett RDI and John Rooney.

Go Global Stay Local, Malcolm Garrett will present a new book from Design Manchester that features some of the 600,000 images generated at DM20’s University of Salford design workshop with universities across Europe, hosted online by Open Collab in Berlin.

Lost Horizon, Kaye Dunnings and Robin Collings, directors of Lost Horizon and Shangri-La Glastonbury will present the beta version of the world’s first fully hybrid venue with an exact digital twin capable of replicating performances into VR in real time.

Hybrid Space is an Arts Council England-funded engagement programme by community arts organisation 2NQ which sought to learn from previous experiences of redesigning events during lockdown.

You ain’t from around here… a discussion led by SICK! Festival creative director Tim Harrison, discusses what can be gained by community arts projects connecting with perspectives from outside their own neighbourhoods with a panel including Debra King (Brighter Sound), Shirley May (poet and director of Young Identity), the poet Elten Keine and games designer Eetu Rantanen.

In A Nutshell...

  • Collaborate...with Nairobi Design Week that explores the link between food and climate change
  • Engage...with a digital exhibition presenting audio recordings from world-leading creatives
  • Connect in person... on 18th November, 2-6 pm, Manchester School of Art, Benzie Theater
  • Gain a series of presentations and panel discussions focused on hybrid innovation
  • Earn up to 10 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • place 14:00 to 17:30 on 18/11/21 - Benzie Theatre, Manchester School of Art, M15 6BR
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