Visual Voltage in Shanghai

12 November, 2008 - 15:29

The display of Visual Voltage in Shanghai have now come to an end (October 21 – November 9 2008). The stops at Creation Expo and at CITIC Square have generated a lot of attention, - as well as personal reflections and interesting discussions regarding the status of green design in China.

When displaying design concepts and art installations in a new cultural context, some ideas become even stronger, while others are not as easy to communicate as in Sweden. Energy efficiency – and sustainability over all –are global problems, however solutions have to be anchored and must be coherent with the local environment for which they are designed.From the many reflections we have had from several hundreds visitors we have noticed a great awareness and interest for dealing with climate problems. According to investigations and questionnaires, which The Swedish Institute, has executed among visitors of the Visual Voltage - the great majority have increased the interest for sustainable development and for Swedish design solutions. This opens up for collaboration and exchange in this area and for a mutual understanding of the necessity for creative solutions.

Tina Finnäs (Interactive Institute) holding an opening speach at CITIC Square. Also in the picture: Ulrika Maschmann (Swedish Institute), Bengt Johansson (Consulate General of Sweden), representatives from CITIC Square and Jingan district.

Young TV interviewing Olle Dierks (Interactive Institute) about the Energy AWARE Clock. The media coverage in Chinese press overall was massive.

Christina Öhman (Interactive Institute) and Murphy (JWDA) at one of the seminars.

Tina Finnäs, Henrik Berggren and Ulrika Maschmann together with four of the eight volunteers. The volunteers work was invaluable for the work with the exhibtions.