The New Generation

exhibition

The New Generation

opening hours

22-30 of June, 12:00-20:00*

place

PPNT Gdynia
Gdynia, al. Zwycięstwa 96/98
Building III

entrance

free of charge

PPNT Budynek 3

About:

Today‘s young generation wants to live and create freely-unrestricted by compromises, market pressures and imagination. In their hands, design becomes a tool they use to fight for themselves and for a new, better world. The New Generation is a selection of the most captivating projects from five Polish art and design schools. What trends surface in the experiments of this new generation of designers?

Young people’s designs reflect the contemporary world with all its tensions and contrasts, but never lose sight of its harmony and beauty. On the search for the new, designers question old truths and redefine concepts and standards to offer answers to present-day challenges in an original, autonomous language. What can we take from this generational manifesto?

The New Generation presents the most interesting designs from five Polish universities: School of Form at SWPS University in Warsaw, Bydgoszcz University of Science and Technology, the Academy of Art in Szczecin, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, and Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. In curating projects for the exhibition I was looking for diversity and courage in research and design – for the means to regenerate our bodies, environments and world.

The projects – selected from around a hundred submissions – showcase strong and resonant voices of the generation. This polyphony must be heard and confronted with the melody of the world. For this reason I see the exhibition as a research tool that allows us to listen to the voices of the audience and collectively reflect on what is important for us. What social, aesthetic, and cultural trends are essential to us as members of a creative community?

The New Generation invites the audience to a space of experience and experiment. Refusing to provide ready-made solutions and disposable products, the exhibit puts trust in intuition and creative instinct, engendering dialog, deep thought, and interaction.

Curator and producer: Agata Kiedrowicz
Coordinators: Arkadiusz Szwed, dr Magdalena Nowak, dr Marta Gębska, dr hab. Anna Szwaja, Ewa Protasiewicz, Patrycja Żyżniewska 
Exhibition design: Matylda Halkowicz, Marta Szostek / Supergirls Do Design
Visual design of the exhibition: Ludwika Hawryszuk, Patrycja Makarewicz-Leszczyńska, Patrycja Żyżniewska / Pełnia Studio.
Transaltion: Marcin Markowicz
Media patronage: WhiteMAD, Notes na 6. Tygodni / Fundacja Nowej Kultury Bęc Zmiana

Designers:
Estera Broda, Sara Brzostek, Maria Ciarka, Aleksandra Cież, Maja Drożdż, Dawid Fik, Julia Galewicz, Marta Gębaczka, Olga Grzęda, Daniel Haddock, Klaudia Janikowska, Milena Jankowska, Oliwia Kaczmarek, Piotr Kasprzak, Agnieszka Korol, Alicja Kozłowska, Gabriel Kuczyński, Bogumiła Łaś, Wojciech Łukaszewski, Julia Łyżwińska, Lidia Magiera, Marta Masella, Anna Molska, Marta Murawska, Maria Popkowska, Franciszka Popławska, Piotr Pryk, Karolina Szpakowska, Oliwia Śnieg, Julia Witczak, Sara Wojtak, Zofia Ziółkowska

Exhibition supported by Porsche Centrum Sopot.

curator and coordinators

Agata Kiedrowicz

Agata Kiedrowicz

Curator and design critic, educator and lecturer. She believes that good taste means a sensitive and attentive attitude towards people and reality. Designer of content, situations and experiences. She works interdisciplinary, connecting culture, art and business. She is particularly interested in design for the senses and design as a tool for exploring and criticizing reality. She lectures at the ...

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Marta Gębska

Marta Gębska

Designer with a user-centered approach to provide product and interior design services, as well as design-oriented strategies and assessments. Design thinking and willingness to innovate is what guides her in the process of product development. Her research area show that sustainable and universal design allows to develop aesthetic and functional products that are of service to users irrespective ...

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Magdalena Nowak

Magdalena Nowak

Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk at the department of Industrial Design, majoring in Naval Architecture, and the Gdansk University of Technology at the department of Architecture and Urban Planning. Professionally, she is involved in product and ship design. Since 2019, she has been a member of the Association of Industrial Form Designers (SPFM). In 2024, she completed her PhD at the...

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Ewa Protasiewicz

Ewa Protasiewicz

Product designer, educator, academic lecturer. At the Faculty of Industrial Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow together with dr hab. Anna Szwaja prof. The Academy of Fine Arts co-runs the Alternative Design Studio, whose main goal is to design in the spirit of sustainable development. The owner and founder of the tove brand, offering original products for interior design. Under the name ...

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Anna Szwaja

Anna Szwaja

Graduate of the Faculty of Industrial Forms at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. After graduating in 2004, she began working at her alma mater in the Alternative Design Studio, as an assistant to Prof. Mieczysław Górowski. After defending her habilitation thesis in 2021, she works as a Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts. She also teaches at the Academy of Applied Sciences i...

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Arkadiusz Szwed

Arkadiusz Szwed

Designer, curator, tutor at School of Form SWPS University. The representative of a generation of ceramists for whom the technological process in ceramics is deliberately and consciously disrupted by the designer in order to achieve a form displaying a relationship between process and performance. He concerns himself with an utilitarian design as well as conceptual work and educatio...

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Patrycja Żyżniewska

Patrycja Żyżniewska

Visual creative that works at the border of design and art, combining both conceptual and commercial approaches. In her practice she explores theory of art and design through writing and translating it to a visual language. Speculative design is a field where her design and art competencies meet. From 2019 she is a lecturer at the Multimedia Publishing and Publications Studio at the Faculty of Des...

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