The Mindcraft Project 2023
On October 5th, The Mindcraft Project opened its annual exhibition featuring Danish designers and makers who collaborate with nature.
For The Mindcraft Project 2023, the exhibiting ten designers explore themes about our connection with nature through their expertise in crafting objects. Danish designer Sara Martinsen curated the exhibition, bringing an intuitive approach to the project through her participation last year’s exhibition as well as through her own research-driven work which uses natural fibres. “All the participants touch on themes of nature and our relationship to nature as humans, in a way where you can understand that all objects were made by a skilled and experienced pair of hands. I believe it is important to keep knowledge of materials alive. Our species needs to adapt now and into the future, possibly faster than we can imagine. This is where an experienced set of hands becomes most relevant.” – says Martinsen.
For the online exhibition, viewers can not only see the exhibition installation, but each artist has their own page featuring various images and a short video about the process and project they presented. Navigation is made clear and straightforward, allowing viewers to easily engage with the work. Designers include Jonas Edvard, who presents a new material he has developed out of mushrooms and willow to create a sound absorbing screen; Marianne Erikson Scott-Hansen, a paper artist whose Pollination Plant Shelter System, a colourful, tentacled sculptural piece, is meant to be an organic shelter made out of tissue paper; and Natural Material Studio, who presents Lighting Works, LW-B004-1-3, a bio-textile that is designed to diffuse and spread light. The full list of designers is: Anna Søgaard, Christian & Jade, Henrik Tjærby, Jonas Edvard, Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen, Mia Lisa Spon & Nadine Burkhardt – Natural Material Studio, Sia Hurtigkarl, Wang & Söderström, Yukari Hotta.
The Mindcraft Project is an international award-winning platform for Danish design led by Copenhagen Design Agency. The idea for an annual exhibition began over a decade ago, with group exhibitions of Danish designers being organized for Milan Design Week and other venues. Since 2020, The Mindcraft Project has been online only, finding a successful platform for featuring the work and promoting the artists and designers in the exhibition. This year, the exhibition is online and also had a 1-day physical exhibition where visitors had the chance to meet with the designers and see the work in-person. Always, the mission of The Mindcraft Project has been to unite experimental, innovative and conceptual design approaches with material knowledge and craftsmanship.
The online exhibition is now live.